Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Whore of Akron

Scott Raab, a Cleveland native and contributing writer at Esquire, is chronicling LeBron James' inaugural season with the Miami Heat as part of a larger book about the pitiful state of Cleveland sports. His chosen sobriquet for the self-proclaimed Chosen One--the Whore of Akron--likely cost him his credentials at American Airlines Arena, LeBron's adopted home court, and, more troubling, every other arena in the National Basketball Association.
Which brings us to Tim Frank, who is the NBA's Tim Donovan — head of media relations for the league as a whole. Tim Frank has refused to issue me the NBA's credential, citing a policy that does not actually exist, at least as far as I can tell. I've profiled NBA players for national magazines for more than twenty years; I'm in Miami filing daily for Esquire.com; I'm also writing a book about LeBron and Cleveland and Miami and me, to be published by HarperCollins in early 2012. Still, I can't get an NBA credential because — well, I don't know.
Follow Raab's journey here.

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