Bill Simmons of ESPN is as well known as anybody in sports media at this point. Now the man in charge of Grantland.com as well as the center of ESPN’s NBA coverage, you don’t have to look far to find his work on the Worldwide Leader.
But before he was the king of online media, Simmons was just another sports fan. He had the Sports Guy blog, sure, but he wrote with all of the irrational love and hatred of the guy sitting next to you at the bar. That perspective is arguably what made him great and allowed him to rise through the ranks of ESPN, even if people do not like it so much when he brings that perspective in his current positions.
Simmons, an avid fan of all things Boston and especially the Boston Celtics, still cannot help but show that side of his personality every now and then. There will perhaps be no greater example of that fact than this eye roll when the Miami Heat traded for University of Connecticut point guard Shabazz Napier during the NBA Draft on Thursday night.
Look, when ESPN has the national coverage for the draft and Simmons is one of the guys on the desk, this probably is not ideal and comes off as a bit unprofessional. But any of us who have followed Simmons and his rise to the top should expect nothing less, for better or for worse.