I didn’t cover as many games this season…maybe 60% of the home games as opposed to around 85% the last three years because of the book…but the one constant is how Anthony Gilbert, Devon Givens and I interact with whatever professional athlete is in front of us fielding questions. This isn’t about a race reaction because we would be the same (and do the same) if no one else was present. You do not have to be a name everyone knows just to aspire to be great now. Raise the bar for yourself. Don’t worry about what everyone else does. What I want to get across to folks is there is another way of blazing a definitive journalistic legacy while remaining objective. Study the thoughts, mannerisms and stats of the players and watch how they respond. When they look you in the eye when answering your questions in front of the entire media throng, there’s a connection. Don’t go into a presser thinking it’s all about you or your story. You can be shrewd without being arrogant. Have a conversation.Try to go above and beyond what is the norm and everyone eventually will follow. We still have a lot to learn but at least we’re growing. Challenge yourselves.
I’ll post two interviews with Dominique Wilkins (it is ridiculous) and Sixth Man of the Year candidate Jamal Crawford (took it way back to Jordan/Erving All Star games) next week. You will be moved. In the interim, dig this chat with Anthony Gilbert, ESPN radio’s Devon Givens and I walking through the parking lot after the Sixers well deserved win. Just wanted to give you the reader the mindset behind what we do.