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Saturday, July 11, 2020

NBA reporter Marc Stein calls out rival reporter Shams Charania

Shams Charania

A good old fashioned NBA reporter feud began brewing on Wednesday, and the news that Tyronn Lue is joining the Los Angeles Clippers as an associate head coach is apparently at the root of it.

Marc Stein of the New York Times sent a tweet congratulating The Athletic on reaching 600,000 subscribers, but he also took the opportunity to air out some frustration about people who work there claiming other reporters’ work as their own. He followed up with an apology and said his gripe is “exclusively with one reporter.”

The one reporter Stein was referring to is Shams Charania. On Tuesday, Charania reported that Lue has agreed to a deal to become the top assistant on Doc Rivers’ staff with the Clippers. Stein reported that the two sides were close to an agreement last week, but Charania didn’t mention anything about Stein having it first. That did not sit well with Stein, who retweeted the following from Andrew Marchand of the New York Post.

Even if Charania’s report was slightly different in that Stein reported that Lue was close to a deal with the Clippers and Charania reported that a contract had been agreed to, it’s still good practice to mention who had it first. Whether or not Stein should have called Charania out the way he did is another debate altogether.

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