Suddenly the star reporter of the LeBron James saga is New York Knicks beat writer Alan Hahn of NEWSDAY, who by all accounts is a quality journalist.
Hahn in the past 18 hours has broken the main media’s two most-cited LeBron James developments:
Previous to those scoops, Hahn hadn’t been at the forefront of the reporting of the much-followed story.
Though what makes Hahn’s late-in-the-game scoopage so interesting isn’t what he’s reporting, but who his boss is.
James Dolan, the owner of the New York Knicks, also owns Hahn’s employer: Newsday.
Would it be unreasonable to think that if Dolan learned he wasn’t going to get LeBron, he might consider leaking certain information - via lieutenants or otherwise - to Hahn that might cause the James camp and certain NBA franchises much consternation?
Like, for instance, revealing the secret location of the James ‘Decision’ show? Or, perhaps, sending Cleveland and Miami into a tizzy by claiming to Hahn that James was spurning the Cavaliers for the South Beach?
I want to make clear that I’m in no way accusing Hahn of being in cahoots with Cablevision, Dolan or the Knicks on anything. Hahn is merely reporting what he’s getting from trusted, credible sources.
But what if those sources were being fed information by a person who might not have James’ best interests at heart?