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.