Baxter Holmes is a senior writer for ESPN. He won the James Beard Award for his 2017 article, “The NBA's Secret Addiction.”
“If there’s anything I’m really fighting for it’s people’s memory. I love the notion of trying to write a story that sticks with people. And that requires really compelling characters. It requires in-depth reporting — you have to take people on a journey. It needs to be so rich and something they didn’t know. I look for a story that I can tell well enough that it will hold up, that it will earn someone’s memory.”
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Holmes on Longform
[00:25] "The Threat of Youth Basketball" (ESPN • 2019)
[01:00] "The NBA's Secret Addiction" (ESPN • 2017)
[01:15] "The Secret Team Dinners That Have Built the Spurs' Dynasty" (ESPN • 2019)
[01:20] "Lakers 2.0: The Failed Reboot of the NBA's Crown Jewel" (ESPN • 2019)
[03:02] Longform Podcast #226: Terry Gross
[30:40] "Inside the Corrosive Workplace Culture of the Dallas Mavericks" (Jon Wertheim and Jessica Luther • Sports Illustrated • 2018)
[43:10] Magic Johnson denies allegations on ESPN
[44:00] Holmes talks about response to his Lakers piece
[44:33] Longform Podcast #112: Don Van Natta Jr.
[58:54] "The NBA's Secret Wine Society" (ESPN • 2018)
Guest: Baxter Holmes – Senior NBA Writer, ESPN
John Canzano talks with Baxter Holmes about what has been happening behind closed doors within the Lakers organization, the depth of this dysfunction, and how it may be handled.
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