Clipperblog is late to this story, but wants to respond to Sam Smith's recent treatise against sports bloggers, in which he confesses...

I'm also probably resentful on some level as I see this unsubstantiated, personal opinion passing for journalism and weep for America and the world.

I started Clipperblog simply because there wasn't anyone out there offering in-depth analysis of my team.  Jason Reid is a solid beat reporter, but he suffers from the constraints of his medium. Once upon a time -- before Tivo, before the internet -- if you went out to dinner at 7:30, or had an evening class, or worked nights, then you missed the game.  When you got out of the restaurant, maybe you'd be lucky enough to catch the score on the radio.  Otherwise, you'd have to call a friend, get thirty seconds at 11:28 p.m. on your local news, or wait for the thwack of the paper on your driveway the next morning.  The sports section was the only place to get any detailed description of what happened, and for that, it had intrinsic value.  But these days, you can get a live box score and even a play-by-play rundown of the game instantly.  By the time Jason Reid finishes his recap, I already know that the Clippers put together a 14-2 run to tie the game in the third quarter, or that Cat Mobley scored 19 points on 7-12 shooting, including 3-5 from beyond the arc.  What I want to know is why Elton Brand didn't get his fair share of shots, or why the defensive rotation was a step slow all night.  

A guy like Sam Smith can pretend that he's the best source of information and analysis because he knows every G.M. in the league, and has spent decades cultivating a comprehensive knowledge of the game.  Whether or not Smith is a guardian of "traditional media," I don't need to hear for the umpteenth time that Kevin Garnett would look great in the Bulls uniform.  If I'm a Bulls fan, I want to hear some creative ideas as to how the team might be able to score in the box, even though they don't have a true low-post scorer.  Rumors, most of which amount to nothing more than wild speculation, are widely available from any number of sources.  I want smart, thorough insight about my team.   And most sports sections don't offer that to their readers. Smith asks, "What are these bloggers doing?"  I'm watching game tape, breaking down sets to figure out how, fundamentally, the Clippers won or lost the game.  Is this an unfortunate conflation of opinion and journalism, as Smith suggests?  I don't know.   It seems more like a pathology, and if there were a member of the mainstream sports media doing it, I'd probably spend my free time bettering society. 

Smith asks, "How is it I can work for decades developing contacts around the NBA and traveling regularly around the NBA and talking with the decision makers and some guy in his basement in his underwear is writing something that has credibility?" My only response to Smith is that I don't wear any underwear.