Tag Archives: Things I’ve Written

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)

The Most Interesting Story Correction I’ve Ever Made

30 Jun

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So today my profile of Jared Jeffries went live on SLAM Magazine’s website. The story ran in the latest issue of SLAM.

Some quick background: the story was part of SLAM’s annual “Throwback” issue. As my editor said when he sent me the assignment: “Jeffries snuck onto a SLAM cover once and he has a fishing show now.” The second part of that sentence had me hooked and, it turns out, Jeffries is one of the most interesting people I’ve ever interviewed. That’s essentially what the profile is about, so I urge you to go read it. I promise, Jared Jeffries is more interesting than you think. He told me about the time he went alligator hunting with Brad Miller and all the crazy fishing trips he’s taken.

During our conversations he mentioned someone by the name of Josh Temple, a close friend who charters boats for a living. I looked Temple up, gave him a call and he sent me this long e-mail full of all sorts of anecdotes and quotes.

Now, you might have noticed that in the online version the following correction appears at the end of the article.

“The print version of this article misstated Jeffries’ possession of a teddy bear named Mr. Biggles. Jeffries does not own a teddy bear.”

This, I felt, was something I should explain, so here we go: most of the stories Temple shared with me came via e-mail. One that stood out: how there was this teddy bear Jeffries brought with him everywhere he went. Here’s what I wrote in the magazine:

Also, Mr. Biggles must always be nearby.

That’s Jeffries’ teddy bear. According to Josh Temple, who’s been fishing with Jeffries for nearly a decade, Mr. Biggles can never leave Jeffries’ side. Jeffries was carrying the raggedy bear with him the first time he met Temple. The bear was brought along a few years later when the two chartered a yacht to celebrate Jeffries’ marriage. It was also there not long after when they set sail to help Jeffries get over his divorce. Jeffries has been caught cuddling with Mr. Biggles in bed. It took Temple a few years, but eventually he was able to summon up the courage to inquire why, exactly, an extremely large grown man was toting around a stuffed animal everywhere he went.

The answer didn’t provide much clarity.

“You mean you don’t have one?” Temple remembers Jeffries responding. “Shit, Mr. Biggles is the man.”

All that came from Temple. The mistake I made (and, journalistically, it was a bad one) was not verifying with Jeffries. Then again, WHAT KIND OF PERSON WOULD MAKE UP A STORY ABOUT A TEDDY BEAR?!

Turns out, a ship captain named Josh Temple.

Here’s an e-mail I got from Jeffries this week.

Lol
Why would you believe Josh on the Teddy Bear thing. Lmfao. There was no Mr. Biggles.
You’re crazy. Please take that out of the online article.

I emailed Temple and relayed the message. His response:

Don’t let Jared snowball you he’s a shiester! He takes Mr Biggles everywhere he goes! He probably doesn’t want it made public but those are the facts!

At this point I was confused and also annoyed. Also, I couldn’t believe that I was actually going back and forth trying to verify the existence of a Mr. Biggles.
I reached back out to Jeffries. His response:
On my kids that’s not true. Lol
He then forwarded me an e-mail from Temple that made it seem as if this whole thing was a prank of some sort. So, there you go. My bad, for sure. But also gives you a little insight into the type of people Jared Jeffries hangs out with and why he’s such a fun dude.
Also, I’m sure this is exactly the type of stuff Woodward and Bernstein spent their time on.

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 🙂