Media Angle is a column offering perspectives on today’s media landscape from the newsmakers themselves. NBA reporters don’t have basketball to cover these days, but Shams Charania has managed to find plenty to write about.Charania, the senior lead NBA insider for both The Athletic and Stadium, has emerged as a scoop machine, and lately that means focusing on the coronavirus pandemic.CORONAVIRUS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Shams Charania, who reported Kevin Durant and Rudy Gobert coronavirus news, feels NBA commissioner Adam Silver has shown tremendous leadership amid the pandemic. Charania was the first to report that the NBA would shutter all training facilities to mitigate the growing pandemic. He’s broken stories on everything from the news of Rudy Gobert and Kevin Durant testing positive for coronavirus to exclusive behind-the-scenes details of recent coaching changes, such as John Beilein stepping down from the Cleveland Cavaliers and the shock firing of Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson.Charania’s written coverage on The Athletic and Stadium also provides him with a video platform. It’s become customary for him to beat competitors from larger organizations when it comes to breaking news related to NBA trades and management shakeups, but the growing coronavirus pandemic has put a newfound spotlight on Charania’s


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