Reggie Miller Calls ESPN The Magazine Story On Kobe Bryant A 'Coward's Approach To Journalism'
The NBA season is back! Which means Reggie Miller gets to say Reggie Miller things on the TNT broadcast. Miller, who grew up a Laker fan in southern California and was also Byron Scott's teammate with the Pacers, criticized Henry Abbott's ESPN The Magazine piece on how Kobe Bryant is destroying the franchise because elite players aren't willing to team up with him.
Here's what he had to say:
Yeah, I just feel it's a coward's approach to journalism. And I'm not saying everything in Henry Abbott's ESPN article is wrong. It could very well be all right. But if there's general managers and there's players and you put your name to it, don't be anonymous. Put your name to it so that we can put a microphone in front of you. Why should Kobe Bryant have to answer all the questions later when every one else is hiding behind the shield.
He's not entirely wrong, ya know. Obviously, the "coward's approach to journalism" thing is extremely silly on his part, but the rest of what he said is right on the money. This isn't politics. He's not reporting any scandals. Anonymous sources are increasing in sports stories and it'll only get worse from here on out. But you didn't need me to tell you that. With that being said, Abbott is a respected writer for ESPN and I'm sure his sources were trustworthy, considering he spent two years working on that Kobe piece.
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