The NBA has never been more accessible to its fans than it is now, but that is not always a good thing for all involved. On a recent episode of the “Podcast P with Paul George” show, the eponymous host was joined by ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith to talk about the complicated relationship between NBA players and the media.
Smith had plenty to say about players taking on the role of media themselves but acknowledged some resentment from media who fear they are taking jobs away from them. George reflected on the toll of being in the spotlight and highlighted the import of athletes having a platform to express themselves.
The conversation touches on the pressure on both sides to perform, the power dynamics in interviews, and the athletes’ responsibility regarding the public’s perception of them.
To hear a nuanced talk about one of the newer developments in NBA media and how it is changing the way we consume the game, check out the clip embedded above.
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