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I started off as a blogger. After a few years writing a sports blog with Sporting News I was forced to find new digs when they shut down their blogging section. Intrigued by the ubiquity of Bleacher Report hits I sent them an application and was accepted as a writer in August of 2010.
One year and 10 days later I hit one million reads, more than double what I'd received in the three years of private blogging I'd done before that. I've also had my work linked by Yahoo, ESPN, Fox Sports, and the LA Times, and that's just what I know of.
I became a featured columnist after a few months and have become one of the more widely read NBA writers on B/R since then. I occasionally do write about other things, but the NBA is my main beat.
In August of 2011 I was given the opportunity to conduct my first interview and it was with none other than Dwyane Wade! That was quite a thrill for me.
In November of 2011 I begin getting paid by B/R to write for the TNT section which covers breaking news stories. Then upon the NBA Lockout ending (finally) I was moved to the NBA section.
Now I am fulfilling my life-long dream to be paid to write about sports. The definition of a dream job is being able to tell your wife, "Not now, I'm working," when she asks you to do something when you're watching the Bulls.
Writing for B/R has been great for me, giving me more exposure and opportunities than I ever would have gotten on my own. They aim to be a place where amateur sportswriters can prove their mettle and they've allowed me to do that.
As far as my sports loyalties go, I'm Chicago all the way in all things but baseball. There, I'm a Cards fan, always have been and always will be. How can that be you ask?
Well, I haven't always been in Chicago. I grew up around the world. When I was 10 years old I was living in a place (North Dakota) with no professional baseball team.I was just getting into the sport and my parents weren't into it at all. I had no natural loyalty so I decided the next team they announced on the radio would be my favorite.
Then the announcer said, "The St. Louis Cardinals lost.... And they became my favorite team. I ran upstairs to check the standings, and lo and behold, they were in dead last. Their best hitter was a guy named Garry Templeton. They traded him for a guy who couldn't hit worth a lick a month later, and thus a new era of Cardinal baseball commenced.
When I moved to Chicago in 1998 (on the very day that Phil Jackson retired) I changed all my sports loyalties to Chicago. It was just easier to follow the local teams. The one team I couldn't change was the Cardinals. There's no way a life long Cardinal fan can become a Cubs fan and I live on the North side.
It's not a Kobe-fan like argument because LeBron has a history of being an efficient scorer over most of his career. That this was the exception, and not the norm, is not something you can just casually dismiss.
Also, you can't just say that the Warriors defense was horrible and not qualify it. Nor can you just say "it was against 28 other teams' and pretend that dismisses that it's the No.1 defense in the league. You didn't "refute" the argument. You ignored it.
As far as me not knowing how dominant MJ really was. LOL. Dude. You need to relax. Not everything is an attack on Jordan.
I was curious to see what you have to say about your kobe fan-like argument. here, I'll post my response:
I'm pretty sure you are smarter than this. don't be like average kobe and lebron fans who take stats without any perspective. and no, I'm pretty sure I know more. I bet you didn't even know those MJ stats in the FInals. FG% is all I have and that's everything I need. you can't look at ppg and ignore how those points were scored. are you really going sit there and say that 36 ppg on 39% is the same as 36 ppg on 53%? saying lebron scored like MJ because he averaged 36 ppg while being EXTREMELY inefficient is disrespectful to MJ and shows you really don't know how dominant MJ was.
oh you too with the "warriors had the best defense in the season" argument. I already refuted this. warriors defense against 28 other teams is completely irrelevant to this series. if you really watch the series you would know that in the first 3 games warriors played HORRIBLE defense. it was so bad that dellavedova had career nights in consecutive games! lebron was facing single coverage for most of the series, especially in those 3 games.
I enjoyed your piece on the Accomplishments of the 2014-15 season!
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Butler is more overrated than Eminem
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Kawhi > Butler
Not a problem, Kelly. It was a very interesting read. According to the B/R stylebook, "Finals" should be capitalized when referencing the NBA Finals—even if it stands alone. However, "finals" should be in lower case when used generically. Hopefully this helps. Again, you can reach out if you have any concerns or questions. Thanks!
You're welcome, Kelly. And all good there. Gotta love those tech glitches.
Kelly, do you think the Bulls window for title has closed? Thibs might leave and there is a 99% chance D Rose doesn't revert to MVP form.