It is so strange that reporters applauded LeBron James for answering a question

It is so strange that reporters applauded LeBron James for answering a question

There were several astonishing sights at the T.D. Garden Sunday: the Celtics demolishing the Cavaliers from the opening whistle, Marcus Morris backing up his trash-talk. But the strangest moment came at the postgame podium, where LeBron James was applauded for describing a sequence of plays that he had just witnessed first-hand. 

The Celtics clinched their 108-83 blowout victory with a 7-0 run that opened the fourth quarter. James, who was on the floor for all of those 52 seconds, recited the series’ details when asked about what happened at the start of the final period. 

The reporters in the room proceeded to give James a standing ovation for demonstrating he has a functional memory. 

Before we go any further, I can assure you I am not some Boston sports blogger wearing stained sweatpants who hates LeBron James. I am a Boston sports blogger wearing stained sweatpants who loves LeBron James. In addition to being the best athlete of his generation, and maybe the best of all-time, James is one of the nation’s strongest voices for racial justice –– using his massive platform to protest police brutality and condemn gun violence. 

To this hardcore MSNBC-watching lefty, that’s admirable. 

But there is something bizarre about credential journalists giving their most highly scrutinized subject applause for answering a question. It is fawning and hero-worshipy. 

The temptation to write cheerleading clickbait, of which I am also guilty, feeds into this phenomenon. Almost every outlet, even legacy institutions like the Washington Post and Sports Illustrated, published pieces slobbering over James’ mental recall. 

But this is not how any sort of journalism is supposed to operate. Yes, James is a basketball player, but he’s also one of the most prominent figures in the country. His laudable activism is the same reason he should be covered with rigid objectivity. 

In real-time Sunday, some members of the NBA press corps turned in their pens for pom poms. Hopefully they were able to clear off the sparklers and glitter before writing about James’ 5-for-16 performance from the field. 



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