Chris Sheridan went lone-wolf Wednesday evening reporting LeBron James was returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
All the big guns–Wojnarowski, Windhorst, Broussard–none of ‘em wrote a story that had James leaving the Miami Heat for the place he started his NBA career 10 years ago.
The Twitterverse was peppered with Tweets claiming that because the report wasn’t a “Woj Bomb,” they didn’t want to accept the news as fact.
Not believing it until I see it in #WojBomb form
— #VoteKluber (@_clevelandtalk) July 9, 2014
But why can’t Sheridan be right? After all, this is how you make a name for yourself. Sheridan’s the publisher of his own basketball blog, and what better way to make it a must-visit-site–than to nail the story of the year?
So, what else do we know about Sheridan, and why should or shouldn’t we believe him?
First and foremost, know this: Sheridan is a longtime NBA reporter. He has a journalism background and worked for both ESPN and the Associated Press. You don’t get a paycheck from those places unless you’ve cut your teeth and have a proven track record (Let Skip Bayless be the exception to the rule).
All I have to say is, @sheridanhoops is a veteran, trusted basketball reporter.
— Glenn Moore (@GlennMooreCLE) July 9, 2014
Sheridan went off on his own and started his basketball blog in 2011.
He’s now going out on the biggest limb of his career by citing an unnamed source who said James is returning to Cleveland–and he’s willing to back it up.
This exchanged dropped Tuesday on Twitter after Sheridan stated the odds of James playing in Cleveland next year were at 90 percent.
.@sheridanhoops didn't just drop a sourced tweet, he came out firing.
— FearTheSword (@FearTheSword) July 9, 2014
.@FearTheSword I do not take my journalistic reputation lightly. Spent 25 years building it. Not going to flush it with a BS story.
— Chris Sheridan (@sheridanhoops) July 9, 2014
With Sheridan’s credentials, chances are he’s accurate. But if he’s wrong, it will long be remembered. Just ask Sports Illustrated media columnist Richard Deitsch…
The @sheridanhoops just went big. Will be sports scoop of the year or DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) July 9, 2014