Sep 5 • 47M

The Basketball Feelings Podcast, Episode 42 Pt. 2: Howard Beck

Picking up where Pt. 1 left off with Howard Beck, on access, ways of reporting that fall short, and surprising conversations.

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Katie Heindl
Talking around basketball with writers, media, and people closest to it.
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It’s easy to have the hot take and fire off and rip people from a distance when you don’t have to talk to them, but also when you don’t have to know them. It’s not the access part, it’s the knowing part that’s important.

Welcome back to the first two-parter pod in BF pod history! I wanted to split up my conversation with Howard Beck because we covered a lot of ground, and because, full disclosure, I knew I’d be up in the woods for two weeks.

Picking up where we left off in Pt. 1, we talked about being uncomfortable, and the times that Howard’s been on the other end of criticism for the work he’s done from the people he’s written about. We also talked about writing with nuance, inclusive of stories about intimate partner violence as much as profile pieces or gamers. What access means in terms of accountability, accountability needing to go both ways, tiers of access and where access can sometimes feel like a live, touch and go thing.

We got into our frustrations over clickbait stories, mostly the reality that when people complain about clickbait stories in basketball they’re still reading those stories. I prodded Howard to remember the conversations he’s had with people that have surprised him most — enter Steve Kerr and Draymond Green — plus: his unjustifiable favs.

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