Reporter Demonstrates Complete Lack of Perspective When Complaining About the Sixers’ Lack of Perspective

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Ben Watanabe, the NBA editor for NESN, was not happy that the Sixers kept Andrew Wiggins from the media while he was in town. It’s an understandable frustration. Covering sports is his job (along with others, though they got doughnuts), and being denied access to a man who could be the biggest basketball story in this town in a decade isn’t an ideal working condition. But, he’s also not entitled to Wiggins, since he’s technically not even a pro yet. If this weird “Keep Wiggins Secret” thing goes down after the draft, then yeah that’s an issue, but for now, it’s not that huge of a deal.

Or, according to Watanabe’s tweet above, it is the hugest of deals. Because while he was trying to shame the Sixers for their behavior by basically claiming they are treating Wiggins’ visit like some grand national story of worldwide importance, he personally compared it to grand national stories of worldwide importance. It’s especially odd after Watanabe’s column took a different angle on it:

“When you are involved with professional sports, either covering it or running an organization, it can be easy to forget that it is only sports. It is only a business. No one’s life is at stake, and treating something as harmless as a draft workout as though it were a state secret shows an alarming lack of perspective.”

Oh, I get it. Right after he wrote that, he must’ve forgotten the “either covering it … ” part. Or he just keeps using the word perspective without knowing what it means. Either one.

h/t Deadspin


  1. You know “h/t”, or hat tip, is generally thanking someone for a tip that leads to a story. I don’t think it really applies when you just copy, rearrange and paste from another outlet.

  2. Kyle's camel toe

    June 19, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Now THIS is a great story, well done Jim….wait, you just re-pasted words and an opinion from Deadspin? Never mind.

  3. Walter Sobchak

    June 19, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Well when you put it this way, Ben Wata-douche-nozzle, it really does put it into perspective. With such shitty things happening all over the world, who REALLY gives a flying fuck about how Andrew Wiggins looked at a private workout for his soon to be employer? Really makes everything else seem a little less relevant, don’t you think?

    Fucking amateurs dude…

  4. Jim's not earning his keep

    June 19, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Jim, why did you even write words? Why not just post up the original article? Idiot.

  5. Love all the content your bringing to the site. Making Kyle look like the lazy person he is

  6. Just wanted to say I really enjoy what the Sixers are doing. I like what Hinkie & Co do for the most part in this transitional stage of our team. The fact that I had to listen to radio personalities and media folks complain the past few days has been unbelievably annoying. So what “they aren’t saying anything” or “Hinkie won’t poke his head out”. These dudes are trying to fix our franchise. And I have faith in them trying right the ship.

    Just because a lot of us as Philly fans have been heartbroken before, everyone wants to have an IV drip of info from the Sixers. And I get it, they don’t trust this guy or this new regime because they don’t know him yet. But damn, it’s been one year in an admitted multi-year process. People need to relax.

    Thanks Kyle for giving me a place to vent these frustrations amongst Parody accounts.

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