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POSTED AT 3:38 PM ET, 09/16/2009

Understanding Wilbon

I have been fortunate enough to be a witness (sorry, LeBron) to World Wide Wilbon for more than 20 years. I am part of the entourage. I am a Wilbonian. And I am delighted to have the opportunity to participate with my buddy's attempt to venture forth into the blogosphere.

As a friend, my bias to support Mike should be clear. But allow me to offer some explanation. Before he was a TV personality, Mike was a lowly sportswriter. Those of us who love sports would have never viewed a sportswriter as "lowly," but there was little respect accorded to covering sports within the journalism community. Yet Mike always considered himself a journalist. He still clings to that term. He has uttered on numerous occasions that sports journalism is not only his vocation but his avocation.

When sports coverage exploded on multiple platforms, the popularity, respect and money followed suit for guys like Mike. I have been a fascinated observer of how little Mike has changed, though.

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BY Neville Waters

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POSTED AT 12:50 AM ET, 09/ 8/2009

It's All About Who You Know

Welcome to Wilbon's living room, where we'll highlight the opinions of friends from inside and outside the world of sports and journalism. Some you will know, some you may not. Either way, stop by here to read what Mike's friends think of him -- and the world at large.

BY Matt Brooks

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