Earlier today we reported that Shams Charania had signed a multi-platform deal to write and broadcast on Stadium. That initial report was partially incorrect and has since been updated. He will only be an on-camera personality while serving as Stadium’s NBA Insider.
Charania’s writing will be found at The Athletic. The company announced today that Charania will be the centerpiece of a new NBA vertical site that will launch in the next few weeks.
At just 24-years-old, Charania is already one of the league’s most trusted insiders. In an interview announcing his move to The Athletic, Charania described his very short, very impressive career path.
I realized that I needed to fulfill my passion for the NBA in ways other than playing, and I always loved writing and the behind-the-scenes aspect of the league, so I combined both. I began writing for my high school newspaper as a junior and started a Bulls blog on ChicagoNow, a subsidiary of the Chicago Tribune, where I would write several stories/recaps/analysis articles per day. I began reporting on 10-day deals, too. After some reps under my belt as my senior year began, I reached out to RealGM.com and was fortunate to forge a relationship with them. I started covering games during my senior year, driving up to Milwaukee for Bucks games, which was an important experience. My first Las Vegas Summer League, in 2013, was also a critical moment, allowing me to put faces to names and meet new people. It’s always been about continuing to push and looking long-term with every relationship—and trying to take something from those whom I admire to paint my own picture. There also are a lot of high-character and open-minded people in the industry who gave me a chance.