The NBA season won’t begin tonight. It was supposed to. But it isn’t.So basketball writers have been forced to cover topics like system issues and BRI instead of team previews and trade rumours. And it led to an entertaining Twitter feud Tuesday.
The backstory: Fox Sports’ Jason Whitlock wrote a column Saturday citing anonymous sources that Derek Fisher, the union’s president, had been “co-opted by commissioner David Stern” and promised Stern he could deliver a 50-50 revenue split. The New York Times’ Howard Beck wrote a story Monday referring to Whitlock’s “unsourced reports” in an article about Fisher denying the claims.
Whitlock wasn’t a fan. The opinionated writer fired the first shot:
“I love how the New York Times’ Howard Beck calls my Fisher-Hunter split an ‘unsourced’ report. Gotta love New York!”
He also tweeted:
“I should be standing in the pack transcribing press conference quotes like all the other ‘hardworking’ journalists!!!!”
Beck has not responded. But other “hardworking journalists” have. And what has since transpired is an all-morning Jason Whitlock-bashing. Here’s a sampler:
From @HPbasketball: “that indicates that he is indeed exclaiming this remark. Much like (Wire character) (action performed in the Wire)”
From SBNation’s Tom Ziller: “No, but paying attention before the last week of October would be nice.”
From @netw3rk: “I love New York with your sources and fact checking & stuff! Damn thang got done!”
A Whitlock response hasn’t yet surfaced. But you’d better believe he’s furiously working on one.
This is all very amusing. But not enough to help basketball fans overlook the fact that, as PBT points out, instead of watching Dirk Nowitzki receive his long-awaited NBA ring or the mesmerizing speed of Derrick Rose Tuesday night, TNT will air “Bones” reruns instead.
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