Gary Washburn Set To Replace Spears at Globe

Late Saturday night, former Boston Globe basketball writer Marc. J. Spears posted the following on Twitter:

Congrats to ex-Sonics writer Gary Washburn, a former LA Daily News colleague of mine, for replacing me at The Boston Globe to cover the NBA.

gary-washburnI haven’t seen anything official in The Globe, or on, but we’ll take Spears at his word for this one.

Washburn was formerly the beat writer covering the Seattle SuperSonics for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Neither the team (now the Oklahoma City Thunder) or the newspaper (now online only) exist any longer. Washburn was with the paper from 2005 to 2009.

Prior to his time in Seattle, Washburn worked from 2002 to 2005 for, covering the Baltimore Orioles. He also spent four years (1998-2002) covering the Oakland A’s for the Contra Costa Times and five years (1993-1998) covering the Clippers and Lakers for the Los Angeles Daily News. While at the Contra Costa Times, Washburn also wrote a TV/Radio column.

Since May of this year, Washburn has worked as a blogger for AOL Fanhouse, covering mostly the Pac-10. He’s also been maintaining a personal sports blog – Gary Washburn’s Sports Blog.

We’ll be on the lookout for the official announcement.

Random Quote

There were obvious ethical questions (consumer fraud, anyone?) about holding out ALL of his starters and regulars in the final exhibition.

— Kevin Mannix, Boston Herald, 09/05/04
  • Clinton Tyree

    Is Spears retiring?

  • Classless

    Spears’ blog updates were infrequent and lacking.

  • eastsider

    The Seattle PI does have an online newspaper edition.

  • eastsider

    You already stated that fact;sorry.

  • Dan Raley

    Congratulations to Gary Washburn. And to Boston. He’s going back to work in the mainstream media and the city is getting a hard-working, savvy journalist who knows the NBA inside and out.

    As for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, it is on-line only, with the newspaper end of things shutting down last March, now sort of an experiement with a small staff that may be the future result for other papers. …