You are undoubtedly among the most professional and honest reporters covering the Knicks. I always turn to you to cut through the detritus and noise churned out by many outlets in these parts.
But I have to say that I’m a little put off by the lecturing tone of your latest blog post. I understand that Maria acted unprofessionally in a forum for professionals. She shouldn’t have been there.
But since your goal is to defend your industry from a new paradigm threatening to slowly erode it into nothing, I would like to point out that just because somebody has a press credential, he isn’t necessarily a professional.
For example a certain reporter for a major New York newspaper told Mike D’Antoni that Jordan Hill said that D’Antoni doesn’t like to play rookies when in reality all Hill said was that he had to be patient and wait his turn. The reporter did this to antagonize D’Antoni and illicit a predictable irritated response, and to manufacture a story.
It worked. But it was unprofessional.
He also wrote that Mike D’Antoni equated Danilo Gallinari to Darko Milicic in a critical way when he did no such thing.
Another media member for a different major New York newspaper hates James Dolan so much that he wants him, and by extension the team, to fail. It clouds his coverage to the extent that he openly writes pieces suggesting to free agents that New York is the wrong place for them if they want to win. And if you question this man? Be prepared to endure the level of professionalism of a derelict school-yard bully with the foulest mouth you can imagine.
I don’t know who the part-timer you referenced is but his pestering John Wall about his dad seems right in line with the behavior of some of the media you seem to be defending. All of it is enough to give players and coaches the willies about playing in New York.
Plenty of folks have blogs but few would stoop to Maria’s level, much less that of some “professionals”. Tommy Dee has a blog and every time I have heard him interact with a player on TKB radio he has been nothing but respectful of the player and of the division between the subject and the (new) media observer.
He’s just one example.
Steve, I want to emphasize that you do an amazing job, but a more moderate tone to your latest blog post might have been appropriate since it’s clear that the imprimatur of professionalism isn’t bestowed by a press pass, but the decency of individuals. Fortunately for those who regularly read coverage of the Knicks, decency is one characteristic you hold in abundance.
Keep fighting the good fight.