Bill Simmons even noticed newspapers are screwed…

OK, we’re really in trouble now. A narcissistic dweeb like Bill Simmons knows we’re in trouble.

In his column on the loss of Kevin Garnett for the rest of the playoffs, he notes:

There’s a hidden sub-story lurking here: It involves the fall of
newspapers, lack of access and the future of reporting, not just with
sports but with everything. I grew up reading Bob Ryan, who covered the
Celtics for the Boston Globe and remains the best basketball writer
alive to this day. Back in the 1970s and early ’80s, he was
overqualified to cover the team. In 1980, he would have sniffed out the
B.S. signs of this KG story, kept pursuing it, kept writing about it,
kept working connections and eventually broken it. True, today’s
reporters don’t get the same access Ryan had, but let’s face it: If
1980 Bob Ryan was covering the Celtics right now, ESPN or someone else
would lure him away. And that goes for the editors, too. The last two
sports editors during the glory years of the Globe’s sports section
were Vince Doria and Don Skwar … both of whom currently work for ESPN.

For
the past few years, as newspapers got slowly crushed by myriad factors,
a phalanx of top writers and editors fled for the greener pastures of
the Internet. The quality of nearly every paper suffered, as did
morale. Just two weeks ago, reports surfaced that the New York Times
Company (which owns the Globe) was demanding $20 million in union
concessions or it’d shut down the Globe completely. I grew up dreaming
of writing a sports column for the Globe; now the paper might be gone
before I turn 40. It’s inconceivable. But this Garnett story, and how
it was (and wasn’t) covered, reminds me of “The Wire,” which laid out a
blueprint in Season 5 for the death of newspapers without us fully
realizing it. The season revolved around the Baltimore Sun and its
inability (because of budget cuts and an inexperienced staff) to cover
the city’s decaying infrastructure. The lesson was inherent: We need to
start caring about the decline of newspapers, because, really, all hell
is going to break loose if we don’t have reporters breaking stories,
sniffing out corruption, seeing through smoke and mirrors and
everything else. That was how Season 5 played out, and that’s why
“Wire” creator David Simon is a genius. He saw everything coming before
anyone else did.

Ultimately, Garnett’s injury doesn’t
REALLY matter. It’s just sports. But I find it a little chilling that
the best player on the defending NBA champion could be sidelined for
two solid months, with something obviously wrong, and nobody came close
to unraveling the real story. We still don’t know what’s wrong with his
knee. We just know it’s screwed up. And, yeah, you could say that
Garnett has always been guarded — with just a few people in his circle
of trust — and yeah, you could say that only a few members of the
Celtics organization know the truth (maybe coach Doc Rivers, GM Danny
Ainge, majority owner Wyc Grousbeck, the trainers and that’s it). But
this was a
massive local sports story. Its coverage is not a good sign for the future of sports journalism or newspapers in general.”

p> Yeah, we’re in trouble.

BTW, in what we’re all sure is a story completely unrelated to KG pretty much killing off Boston’s repeat as champs, GM Danny Ainge was hospitalized with a small heart attack.

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