So today was an interesting one for debate on jeffpearlman.com, blog of champions and peanut lovers.
In particular, I’m referring to the post on Slam Magazine. It seems I made some people at the mag a bit angry—primarily the author of a story on Stanley Roberts from a while back. Some people thought my take was on. Many others didn’t.
Hence, I want a vote on this one, because maybe I’m just missing something.
If you’re writing about the return to college of Stanley Roberts, former 7-foot NBA center, and he mentions that he’s living in an LSU student dorm, is that the type of information a writer can pretty much ignore, because it’s not all that important? Or does that make for riveting reading and call for huge elaboration?
Personally, I don’t see how one can’t make it a gigantic part of the story, if not the lede. Hell, how many NBA players go back to college and live in student housing? Answer: Few, if any.
So give me your take, please. Much appreciated.
PS: Important note: This is in no way an indictment of the writer. I’ve been told by some people at Slam that the limited mention had nothing to do with him.