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Who Wants to Read a Lot of Words About the NBA?

26 May

Time for my sort-of-bi-weekly update on things I’ve written and podcasts/video hits I’ve done recently.

  • I got to go to the NBA Draft lottery, which was interesting and fun but also weird and a bit boring. Anyway, here’s my write-up from the night, on the now all-powerful Boston Celtics, with quotes from the team’s co-owner, who was downing pizza while speaking to me. Apparently billionaires get hungry too.
  • Have you guys heard about this LeBron James guy? He’s pretty good. If I may toot my own horn for a minute, though (isn’t that the point of this website?) I was actually proud with how I handled this game story. Instead of waiting by the podium for the players to come out, I sort of posted up in the Cavs locker room and wound up getting some good scenery of LeBron reveling in his performance. So I guess what I’m trying to say is: I’m awesome.
  • I spoke to Cavalier newcomers Kyle Korver and Deron Williams about the notion of magical switches. They both had interesting things to say.
  • Oh, hey, more drama with the Knicks.
  • I had the great Katie Baker on the Krispod Porzingcast to talk about the ’90s Knicks, which was fun because Katie’s great but also because it’s nice to take a break from talking triangle and other shapes.
  • Here’s my spitting hot fire about the NBA on CNN Philippines. And here, apparently, is my new stalker.
  • Spent a decent amount of time helping the awesome Brandon Sneed report this awesomely weird story about the need for NBA coaches to wear suits. Check it out.

I Did Some Stuff

14 May

So, been a busy few weeks with the NBA playoffs in full swing. Here’s all the stories I’ve written and podcasts I’ve recorded over the past couple of weeks:

Cool? Cool.

Hey, Look, I Wrote Some Stuff

7 Apr

Good friend Josh pointed out that, being that I’m so prolific, it would be smart for me to compile a newsletter of some sort linking to all the stories I’ve written the previous week. I’m not sure I want to invade the sacred space of an e-mail inbox, but figured why not do a weekly post containing all my links and the like (because who wouldn’t want to read everything I write, right?

So, here you go (we’re going back a little further with this list):

  • Marshall Plumlee takes trains and Ubers to games, and sometimes it gets him in trouble (Bleacher Report)
  • Meet the new breed of assistant coaches in the NBA, and read about the one place the Knicks are actually ahead of the curve (Bleacher Report)
  • Javale McGee is sick of being labeled a clown (SLAM Magazine)
  • How much blame does Jeff Hornacek deserve for the Knicks’ awful season? Good question, right? (Bleacher Report)
  • What should the Knicks do this offseason? Another good question, right? My friend Mike Scotto from Basketball Insiders came on my podcast to discuss (VSporto). Also broke down the draft with CBS Sports’ Howard Megdal (VSporto)
  • Tal Brody could have played in the NBA. Instead he decided to bring basketball to Israel (SLAM Magazine)
  • Speaking of Israel, meet Noad Lahat, the MMA fighter who happens to be Israel’s most boisterous supporter in the world of sports (Tablet Magazine)

New Stories

24 Jun

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So holy hell, that was a crazy two weeks. First off, I want to know who’s responsible for scheduling the NBA Draft for last night as opposed to this coming Thursday, June 30. We need some breathing time after the Finals! As one NBA reporter said to me on Wednesday (we’ll keep him nameless), “I just found out Henry Ellenson was white.”

As for my work pertaining to the draft, well I had two profiles go up this week on players selected last night.

The one I spent the most time on, and am most proud of, is this Bleacher Report story on Ben Simmons and why so many of the criticism being tossed at him are misguided. I actually spent almost a year reporting it, getting in touch with his siblings, LSU teammates and coaches, and some scouts too. My take: dude’s going to be a stud.

My other pre-draft profile was for SB Nation and on Kentucky big man Skal Labiessiere, who nearly died in the Haiti earthquake in 2010, and yet is perpetually called “soft” by fans, scouts and media. It’s a label he says he’s not particularly fond of.

Some other stories/columns I’ve had published over the past two weeks:

Finally, I spent two days last month in Spokane (which, apparently, is pronounced Spo-can, not Spo-cain. Who knew?) hanging out with Adam Morrison for Bleacher Report. We went golfing and shooting and drinking and some other stuff, too. He might be a different kind of guy. But he’s a good guy — and, more importantly, living the life.

Check out the story here.

That’s it for this week, thanks for reading!

This Week’s Stories

20 May

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So I’m going to start doing something different here. Since I’m now consistently writing for a bunch of different places I figured that I’d start making a weekly post here listing all my stories from the previous week. This way my MILLIONS OF FANS can keep track of everything I’m doing.

Anyway, I wrote six stories this week. Or, rather, I had six stories publishes this week. Here they are:

For Tablet Magazine, I profiled Mike Packer, the head-honcho of Packer Shoes, one of the top boutique sneaker stores in the country, and world. Packer is a cool dude with an interesting back story. He also happens to be an observant Jew. It was a fun story to work on.

I did a lot of basketball writing this week, too. Some X’s and O’s breakdowns of the Cavaliers ridiculous three-point shooting, and of Channing Frye’s major impact on Cleveland, both for SB Nation. Also for SB Nation, the five big questions the Heat must answer this offseason. Miami could possibly get Kevin Durant. The franchise could also be screwed. It will be interesting to watch. And for The Comeback I wrote why I think the Knicks’ hiring of Jeff Hornacek should have the team’s fans excited.

Finally, I went to Saturday Night Live last week. Well, kind of. Turns out they do a dress rehearsal every week before the show. It was weird to see. And fun. I wrote about it for The Comeback.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for reading! Oh, and next week the Bachelorette returns! Which means Power Rankings return! Which means all will be well in the world once again.

Thanks for reading!

New Story on Keith Van Horn

13 Jun

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My latest story for SLAM Magazine, which will be in the upcoming throwback issue, which is going to be awesome, went up online today. It’s on Keith Van Horn. Check it out when you get a chance; it’s not everyday you get to read a “where are they now” story about someone who didn’t go broke. Also, had a blast writing and reporting it. Van Horn’s an interesting dude, mostly because he’s really not so interesting. Except in the NBA where he’s different from most guys. And he loves his family and hated moving. These things can, often, make it very hard for an athlete to succeed. But I’m giving away my hard work—go read the story to hear more about him 🙂

 

New Story on Tony Parker

20 Apr

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A few days late on this, but I got a new story in the latest issue of SLAM Magazine that I figured I’d link to here. It’s on Tony Parker, who is, well, awesome, yet never seems to get all the respect he deserves. Normally I try to stay away from the whole “he’s such an underrated player and here’s why he shouldn’t be” theme in features. But with this one, especially given who Parker is and how he’s not exactly a guy who’s going to open up a lot in an interview over the phone, the underrated thing seemed like a good direction to go in.

I also touched a bit on what makes the Spurs so good, in my opinion, and opinion of others around the league, and I’m pretty proud of how the story came out, so, if you’ve got five minutes go check it out here.