Culture

Sport

Ahead of the game— Global

Preface

The sports writer has a tough job. Crafting a story that’s more than mere results reporting takes toil – especially when sports players are often famously ineloquent. And then there are the deadlines.

Alessandra Bocci, Howard Beck, Thomas Hahn, Yoshie Noguchi

Howard Beck

Basketball

Beck, 43, covers the New York Knicks for the New York Times. He has covered the NBA since 1997.

“While I’m having my first cup of coffee in the morning, I’m going through a number of nba news sites and blogs. I’m reading roundups of everything around the league from every possible source – injuries, trade rumours, possible signings, hirings, firings. If there is time, maybe I’ll make phone calls to check in with player agents, scouts, team executives. I also talk to my editor and might do some early writing on a feature. Then…

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