Chris Sheridan Rumors
As far as I know, the only media member to suggest the hot seat theory in writing was Chris Sheridan of Sheridanhoops.com, a national NBA site. Van Gundy seems to believe Bulls management promoted this idea behind the scenes, but let’s let JVG speak for himself. “He has done such a good job here,” Van Gundy said during the broadcast. “First two years had the best record in the league. Unfortunately, these last three playoffs have been disrupted by injury. But he came to the Bulls at a time where mediocrity reigned. They had struggled for a long time, they were basically a .500 team. Along with the emergence of some players, he’s taken it to elite status. “I think right now, it’s almost criminal … what he’s having to endure with some of the fringe media – attacking his job status, attacking his personality. This isn’t new to Chicago Bulls basketball, all the way back to Phil Jackson. The team has publicly supported their coach while privately, often times, undermining that same person. You saw it with Vinny Del Negro, Scott Skiles. Think about it, they ran out Phil Jackson out after winning all those championships. “I think it’s wrong. It’s wrong for the town, wrong for the team and it certainly has not been fair to Tom Thibodeau.”
Van Gundy went on to spread his criticism to the Chicago media. “Listen, I read every Chicago story and there is no doubt that the Bulls organization has the media, with a few exceptions, in their hip pocket,” he said. “And for whatever reason, they have taken their sights on Thibodeau when all he’s done is deliver greatness here in his five years.”
Still, multiple sources say in 2012 Yahoo mistakenly forgot to exercise an option in Wojnarowski’s contract, and he unexpectedly found himself a writing free agent. NBA reporters Chris Sheridan and Bucher had left ESPN within the past year, and then-ESPN.com editor-in-chief Rob King came calling. They had a 45-minute telephone conversation but discussions never progressed beyond that stage, and the two never met in person. Said King through a spokesperson: “As per usual business operations, we had an exploratory conversation with Adrian when his contract expired, but before we had a chance to follow up, his agent informed us that he was staying at Yahoo.” A Bristol homecoming wasn’t in the cards.
Chris Sheridan: Thanks for kind words folks. Just doing my job. Wouldn’t have reported it as done deal unless I was absolutely certain, which I was.
Ben Rohrbach: Give both @Chris Sheridan & @SI_LeeJenkins credit. Chris had the scoop three days ago, Lee lands a great story.
Steve Luhm: In a time when “scoops” are measured in minutes, I believe some owe @Chris Sheridan an apology. He had LeBron 3 days ago, right?
Chris Sheridan: “I watched C.J. Watson play a lot for Brooklyn as well, and he ain’t all that good, okay? I’ll just put it that way. He’s a mediocre NBA point guard. He can give you maybe 12 good minutes a night but he’s not as fast as D.J. Augustin is. He’s maybe a little bit better of a shooter, but he’s not what you call a very good shooter. He’s a plug-in guy and he’s expendable. If the Indiana Pacers want to become a super-elite team, and like I said, they’re close – they’re top two in the East right now – then the point guard position is the one place where they need the biggest upgrade.” When you’re analyzing a situation, being blunt and objective is a necessity, and that’s what Sheridan did in explaining why he thinks the Pacers need to improve at the point guard position to truly be one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. What he probably didn’t expect was that Watson would actually hear every word of it and have a response to what was said about him. Well, that’s what happened, as you can see below: CJ Watson: Not very good, expendable and streaky huh. I’m a make u eat ur words!!!!
Chris Sheridan: More Kobe on Italy: “In terms of what’s holding up the deal, it’s the same as any deal.” In other words, money?
Peter May resigned from SheridanHoops.com yesterday after ESPN told him he could not write for me and continue being a part-time contributor to ESPN-Boston. Within an hour after May’s first and only column was posted on this site, ESPN e-mailed May — who is neither an ESPN staff member nor one of their legions of independent contractors, but merely a freelancer – to inform him of their displeasure. They ordered him to make a choice, and I completely understand why he chose to stay with the larger of our two organizations. A longtime colleague and friend, he was eager to help me out with the launch of my new site, and he will be missed.
Chris Sheridan worked for the Associated Press for 18 years before joining ESPN six years ago. As one of ESPN’s lead NBA writers, he covered the NBA Finals for his first five years in Bristol – he said he has been covering the Finals since 1996 – but keen NBA followers noticed his byline was absent from the Mavericks-Heat series in June. Sheridan covered the Knicks-Celtics playoff series, but his bylines after that were all Knicks-related. Why did they turn a national writer into the Knicks’ beat writer in the middle of the playoffs? Or was this ESPN’s goal all along – to make Sheridan its primary guy for ESPNNew York.com?
When reached this morning, Sheridan would only say, “I’m looking forward and not backward.” Sheridan said that on the advice of counsel, he’s not going to talk about the Vecsey lawsuit. Sheridan announced today he’s launching his own NBA website, SheridanHoops.com. He’s already added a couple big-name paid contributors, Mark Heisler (formerly of the LA Times) and Peter May (formerly of the Boston Globe).
Nobody will say, but the educated guess here is that ESPN probably wasn’t thrilled with Sheridan’s lawsuit against Peter Vecsey. Three months after what some might construe as a demotion, Sheridan has quietly left ESPN. Hmmmm. [This is where you can speculate whether or not there’s a faint whiff of another Bruce Feldman situation] I asked ESPN for comment this morning and a spokesman said, “He is no longer under contract with ESPN” but would add nothing else.
Chris Sheridan, a basketball writer for ESPN, sued basketball columnist Peter Vecsey and NYP Holdings, claiming they “published a maliciously false article” that impugned “Chris Sheridan’s veracity and competence as a journalist.” It’s hard to imagine that anything could impugn Sheridan’s journalistic competence more than a blatant disregard for the first amendment rights that give him the freedom to write about free throws and slam dunks, but according to the eight-page complaint Sheridan filed on Wednesday in Manhattan’s New York state court, Vecsey’s December 14th column in the New York Post was “shirking any semblance of responsible journalism.”