Today, I want to ask you a few questions. And for a change it is not about on-the-court basketball or front office moves. (Weâ€™ll be back to those topics tomorrow.)
Rather, itâ€™s about where you get your NBA/Lakers news and information. And, how you evaluate the options out there. The reason Iâ€™m asking is for a post that will go up during All-Star weekend talking about blogs, their role in NBA coverage, and what is driving their popularity. Iâ€™m sending emails out in the next 24 hours to a number of bloggers as well asking them questions, but what really matters is what and why you read what these bloggers write, and who else you read.
For example, this site has never been intended as a Lakers news site â€” my assumption has long been that by the time you come here you know the results from last night or about things like Chris Mihm needing another surgery. The goal here was to provide some analysis and a place for a thoughtful discussion of those issues.
Certainly all blogs do not follow this model (nor should they). And we all get information from multiple sources, going to other sites to hear other views. Or talk about rumors and potential trades.
So, here are my questions, please answer in the comments:
1) Where do you go to get your NBA information? What sources do you use: television, Web sites, print media? Which ones? How many games do you watch a week?
2) How do evaluate what shows/sites/writers you go to and trust? For example, do you give a working beat writer a certain amount of trust automatically? What about a columnist/analyst for a major newspaper or publication? How do you determine which blogs and fan-based sites do you read?
In the case of the Lakers specifically, where do sites such as Lakersground and Club Lakers fit into the mix? What about sites like the LA Times Lakers blog?
Some quick ground rules: This is not about slamming a particular writer or site, but rather me trying to get a better understanding of how some fans get and digest their NBA news. Letâ€™s be civil. Iâ€™m fine with you using a writerâ€™s/siteâ€™s name to hand out praise or to say you donâ€™t read/like their work, we all have our tastes and preferences. What weâ€™re going to avoid is â€œI donâ€™t read X because heâ€™s an idiot.â€