Great summary & perspective on The Jordan Rules. Unfortunately, Smith’s style of delivering potently provocative, yet precisely on point and accurate content is a journalistic style that’s becoming extinct — especially in local sports media markets.
… Nowadays, we are instead inundated by unintelligible ‘hot takes’, watered down story (or non-story) angles or cut-and-paste click bait blogs.
…Intrepid reporters have largely been replaced by green, giddy, recent J school grads or V-Js who would much rather try to ‘pretend-friend’ the heroic hometown athletes… instead of asking tough/uncomfortable questions in pursuit of producing substantive, intriguing pieces. These days, people like Sam Smith, and works like The Jordan Rules … are as rare as parody in the NBA playoffs.