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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. There 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.
LOL. Are we cool?
Hey Kelly I was just thinking that if Bulls want a sign and trade and NYK doesn't want Booz why couldn't we involve a 3rd team like Philly or Utah and add in a 1st rounder?
You're welcome, Kelly! And thank you for great work!
All your articles are well written, even the ones I disagree on. Consider me a fan
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Hey, Scaletta, being that I'm currently a member of the USAF and the Bulls are my favorite team, You're kinda my favorite writer. Which isn't to say you aren't an awesome writer anyway. Anyway I was wondering what you thought about writing an article about stat padding on good teams vs stat padding on horrible teams. A lot of times I hear people say "Of course Lebrons FG percentages and stats are awesome, he's got Wade and Bosh to help." On the flip side I hear many people say "Of course Anthony Davis FG percentages and stats are awesome, he's on a crappy/injured team!" So which one is it? When do you give players credit for their stats and when do you decide that it's a fluke? If you could write an article on that I'd appreciate it! Thanks!
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Good day again !!! just a thought, all failed three-peat attempts in the NBA ended in an embarrassing 4-0 sweep. The Lakers in 1989 ( lost to the Pistons in the Finals ) , the 1991 Pistons lost to the Bulls in the 1991 East finals also 4-0. In 1996 the Sonics trounced the three-peat seeking Rockets, 4-0 in the western second round and during the 2011 playoffs, the Mavericks destroyed the Lakers by also 4-0, ending the Lakers three-peat aspirations. Ironic thing is, the three-peat stopping teams are involved in the NBA finals during those years, 3 times out of 4 they won the title ( Sonics lost in 1996 vs the 72-10 Bulls ) Now question is, if Miami fails this year, will they stop the 0-4 jinx? and which team is capable of sweeping them? OKC? SAS? Brooklyn Nets?