ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is viewed as the foremost NBA insider. If there is basketball news, Woj generally has it first, and he’s never wrong.
But that comes at a cost. It means constantly staying in touch with sources, which in turns means hundreds of phone calls and thousands of texts. Basically, it means a never-ending cycle of screen time. So much so that insiders such as Wojnarowski have time for little else.
Well, ESPN baseball insider Jeff Passan can relate, and he gave away a Woj secret during an interview on the podcast co-hosted by John Ourand of Sports Business Journal and Andrew Marchand of the New York Post.
“I’ve known Woj for a long time, and I think he is the absolute best at what we do,” Passan said. “And Woj has this fantasy where one day — I don’t know when it’s going to be — but when he’s done, he’s going to take his phone and throw it in the ocean.”
Again, Passan and other top sports insiders can relate.
“You know what? The ocean throw of the phone is a dream that I have adopted and will steal at some point,” Passan admitted. “Because I’m a slave to it. That’s the reality. I look at my screen time numbers every week, and seriously I will ask myself, ‘What are you doing?’
“No, seriously. Is this worth it? What are you doing with your life?”
For Wojnarowki, Passan, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter and other sports media names you know, the day will come when they decide to live their lives like normal people who do normal things. For now, though, they are committed to their craft and at the top of their games.
In the case of Wojnarowski, most around the NBA are glad he remains. But when he finally calls it quits, it appears the basketball world will indeed hear not a bomb, but a splash.
— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) October 5, 2022