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Meghan L. Hall

Adrian Wojnarowski missed a flight on purpose so he could break James Harden trade news

The life of a sports insider never ceases to amaze us.

Adrian Wojnarowski (AKA Woj) is one of the best in the business. The NBA insider is known for his fantastic ability to break news that rarely anyone else can get. Amazingly, fans often commiserate over “Where were you when Woj broke the news?” moments.

Woj’s job requires him to be available at all kinds of strange hours, no matter what he does. He could be with family, and news would drop. He could be doing a live segment, and the information will fall. He could be trying to catch a flight, and word will drop that stops him in his tracks.

That happened when Woj learned that James Harden was headed to the Clippers.

During a recent episode of The Woj Pod, the insider revealed that while at Newark airport waiting on a flight, it was suggested to him by a source not to get on a plane because breaking news was about to drop.

“It’s always my worst fear with this job that you’re on a plane, and the wireless is spotty, and you can’t get to what you need to do,” Woj said.

“So I sat at Newark airport, watched the place close down, and then almost start to reopen again.”

Based on the timeline given by Woj, we now know that he released the initial Harden news around 2:00 a.m. ET, and he didn’t leave the airport until after 3:30 a.m. ET, despite being there since before 5:00 p.m. ET.

That’s commitment.

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