10 NBA Superstars Who Need Their Own Beat Reporter
It seems to be a bit overboard for anybody who isn't leading a country or is in the news more often than not, but apparently, Deron Williams has his own beat reporter. There's a man, Devon Jeffreys to be precise, who is credentialed at Nets home games with the purpose of creating content specifically for Deronwilliams.com.
As far as we can tell, Williams is the only player in the NBA, and the only one in NBA history, to have his own beat reporter.
Now, it's fine that Williams has a guy whose job is solely to write about Deron Williams and the Nets for Williams' own website; however, doesn't it seem strange that he's the only one to do this so far?
OK, so maybe it's not something you would have thought of off the top of your head, but after hearing that Williams, a relatively low-key player as far as superstars go, is the only superstar in the league with a guy who only writes about him.
The only problem I have with this is that it seems like Williams' own beat writer would be compelled to write relatively good things about the star point guard. Instead, I want a beat writer specifically following one guy around who isn't afraid to dig up some dirt.
That's why I want to find some guys around the league who need a beat reporter for more than just writing about the sunshine in a player's life. There are quite a few players out there who are so intriguing that it would be easy to read a beat about them a few days a week, so let's take a look at who would make the best beat.
10. LeBron James
You know, when you think about players the public instinctively wants to hear news about, LeBron James is automatically the first person to pop up in your mind.
He's the league's best player, still one of the most controversial and he's constantly in the headlines.
However, that last point there kind of negates the necessity for him to have his own beat reporter. LeBron is so talked about and so reported on that it already seems like there is constantly a team of beat reporters following him around.
Still, I'm sure there's something we could find out with a sleuth stalking around and finding out everything they can about the league's most compelling superstar.
In the end, we can probably all agree at this point that Brian Windhorst has become LeBron's own beat reporter for ESPN who just so happens to write about the Miami Heat from time to time.
9. Pau Gasol
There's not going to be a long, drawn-out need for a beat writer following Pau Gasol, but for the next eight months or so, it would definitely be interesting to get a little bit more information on a guy we seem to know very little about.
I'm not thinking there's going to be any dirt dug up on Gasol, just that there have got to be some interesting stories about him and his involvement alongside Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers that could come of some constant coverage.
Not only would the entire scenario surrounding the Lakers' early-season struggles be something to keep an eye on, the ability to really know what he's thinking in terms of all the talk about him getting traded would be incredibly interesting.
I'd even be compelled to read about his relationship with his brothers, one in the NBA and the other a freshman at UCLA, and what he does over the summer in his trips back to Spain.
8. Greg Popovich
He's the only non-player I'd really want to know a whole lot about, but that's mostly because he's become the best coach in the NBA, yet all we know about him is that he's incredibly short with reporters and dedicated to his job.
Pop doesn't care about the ramifications of his actions, so long as it helps his team in the long run, which is very intriguing.
What makes me most interested in him is not the fact that he's likely an interesting person. I just want to read as many four-word responses to questions as possible from Pop. That's always the highlight of any sideline interview he's involved with.
Beyond that, I'm sure the beat reporter assigned to Coach Popovich would come back with horror stories about Pop staring a hole through him after a single silly question.
Basically, I want to see some guy forced to follow Pop around purely for the Schadenfreude that would come from reading what he's written.
7. Damian Lillard
Really what I'm getting at with a beat reporter following around Damian Lillard is that I want to see a basketball player's career completely followed, from beginning to end, with great detail, by a single reporter.
For that, I looked at the most recent draft class, picked from the guys who both looked like they'll be around for a long time and will end up giving us extremely compelling stories.
Anthony Davis is a clear choice if we're just going for a guy who's going to be a good player for a long time, but he doesn't seem to have the personality that Lillard has.
If anything, this might be a better idea for a documentary, but I'd still be intrigued to see a single basketball player's career detailed from start to finish, including everything from feelings on individual events to overarching desires and changes from years in the league.
6. Carmelo Anthony
What we've got is a star basketball player in the center of the basketball world, playing in New York City 43 times a year (when you include Brooklyn) who is partly mysterious.
When you consider just how good Carmelo has been since he was drafted, it's easy to think of him as an extremely overshadowed player.
For the entirety of the first four or five years of his career, he was compared to LeBron James in every way, shape and form, and in a way, that put him in a hole. He wasn't as good as LeBron two or three years into their respective careers, yet he was going to continue being compared to him regardless.
Anthony has a chance to become the next great player in Knicks history should the team become something more than a one-and-done in the playoffs, and if he does, then we need some more coverage on him.
There are millions of people in New York alone that would eat that up with a spoon, and if it gets compelling enough, then the rest of the world will be at least intrigued.
5. JaVale McGee
I'm not sure if a beat reporter would be the right thing for the job with JaVale McGee. Rather, some dude hanging out with him and documenting the weird things he does would be more appropriate.
So, instead of having a legitimate beat reporter for McGee, I want to advocate for an entirely new position (which I'd be willing to take over) in which some guy who is friends with McGee just becomes his personal tweeter.
I'm not saying I want somebody to take over McGee's Twitter account, there's nobody that could do that job quite as well as McGee. Instead, I just want a guy tweeting about McGee.
If we could get someone on the job today, they could go ahead and set up an account with the handle @WhatJaValeJustDid or @JaValeJust and have them go to town.
"JaVale just made a peanut butter and turkey sandwich. Ate it just so he could make the joke "Man, that was fowl."
"JaVale just bought some size 16 Air Jordan XX8. He wears 18's. He said they're for Pierre, who wears 16's."
I'd follow that all day long.
We've rarely had a superstar in the league who was so outwardly abrasive and inwardly contained.
He seems to have the ability to make people hate him just because he passes in situations where he should shoot, or because he overreacts in situations that don't call for it. That second part is strange considering that's the exact reason a lot of people like Rasheed Wallace, or even Metta World Peace.
That being said, with Rondo's closed-off personality, there's a lot we just don't know about him. There has to be a lot we could get out of a guy following him around and writing about him all day long.
Beyond that, we'd have a guy writing about the star player of one of the league's most constantly talked-about team, which is something we can't seem to get enough of.
Speaking of Rasheed Wallace, wouldn't you want to know more about the day-to-day life of 'Sheed when he's not abusing referees at night?
In fact, I'm willing to go further and just have a guy write a little diary for him every day, then posting it on the Internet for us all to read the daily adventures of Rasheed Wallace.
Here's my take on exactly what an off-day during the summer would be like.
First of all, he calls up J.R. Smith to go golfing, and he forces him to take every putt, no matter how close to the hole. Smith eventually lips one out, at which point 'Sheed throws his putter in the air and screams, "That ball don't lie!"
After a nice salad for lunch, he then calls up Tyson Chandler to go play some tennis. 'Sheed claims his game-winning shot was on the line, and therefore in. They go grab the ball, look at it and find chalk dust on it, then shouting, "Ball don't lie!" as he tosses his racquet into the air.
I think you get the point.
2. Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant continues to be one of the most intriguing and, at the same time, closed-off basketball players we've ever known.
Aside from the fact that he lashes out at people when the team is struggling, we never get to see any kind of personality from Kobe, save the spare smile or grin if the Lakers end up winning a game (which does happen every once in a while).
We as a nation need to know more about Kobe so we can really find out what he's like.
I'm sure he spends his days completely uninterestingly, shooting free throws when he gets home from practice, where he just stayed an hour late so he could shoot free throws.
Still, there has to be a something we can learn about Kobe, even if it is just to confirm what we expect: that he's one of the strangest and most driven people in the history of the sport.
Metta World Peace
He might be our third member of the Los Angeles Lakers on the list, but there's no way I would miss a daily column written solely about Metta World Peace.
In fact, he could probably even be his own beat writer. It would be a weird enough thing to do.
Not only would he go around with a microphone recording interviews with himself after games, but he would write in the third person, talking about why the Lakers need to give Metta more three-pointers if they want to shake their losing ways.
He's got to have some interesting things to say after spending over a decade in the NBA as the most instantly violent, but otherwise lovable players during the time span.
Of course, the column would end up being unfortunately titled, "Metta's Beatings."
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