Welcome to episode No. 46 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch. In this podcast, which is published weekly, Deitsch interviews members of the sports media about their work and interesting people about the sports media. This week’s podcast guest is ESPN NBA senior writer Zach Lowe. Along with his written and television work, Lowe also hosts a very popular NBA podcast, The Lowe Post.
In this episode, Lowe discusses his journalism path from covering crime at the Stanford Advocate and legal issues at American Lawyer to becoming one of the preeminent NBA media voices, how he determines interesting NBA content, how he determines what NBA games to watch on a given night, the danger of NBA broadcasters who are big homers, getting hired by Grantland and why Bill Simmons was a good boss, the dissolution of Grantland, how to get better as a podcaster, whether he would consider working for an NBA front office, why Twitter has been a net negative for him, whether he would consider working elsewhere outside of ESPN, the L.A. house rented by The Ringer for its staffers, whether any player has approached him after he wrote something negative, and much more.