All manner of topics are covered in a 2015 season-tipping Sports Illustrated roundtable discussion about reporting on the NBA. Participating were the New York Daily News’ Frank Isola, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Akron Beacon Journal Cavaliers beat reporter Jason Lloyd, Yahoo senior NBA writer Michael Lee and AP national NBA writer Brian Mahoney.
When moderator Richard Deitsch asked ‘Who is a young NBA reporter that people should keep their eye on?’ there was a consensus of sorts. Several of the participants pointed to Shams Charania (pictured), who covers the NBA out of Chicago for Yahoo Sports. Shelburne says her nickname for him is “Doogie Howser,” while Lloyd had a great personal example of how the young colleague has earned his respect:
“A couple of years ago, the Cavs were on the verge of acquiring Luol Deng. I gathered enough information to know they were close to a deal, and it was obvious they were using Andrew Bynum’s unique contract as the vehicle, but I couldn’t get the name of the player they were obtaining. I also knew ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, who covered the Bynum/Cavs saga at length and knows the Cavs organization better than any other reporter, was likely already two steps ahead of me.”
“After enough calls and texts, I finally learned the player was Deng. By the time I got to my Twitter account, Windhorst had already posted the trade. I thought I was second. Then about 20 minutes later, I learned some guy I’d never heard of (and learned later was still in school) had beaten us both to it. That’s the day I learned who Shams Charania was and I’ve followed him ever since. He’s already at Yahoo and well on his way to being the industry’s next big news breaker.”