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I'm just a kid whose hoop dreams, like many others, began with 'Space Jam.' Michael Jordan captivated my imagination, and it wasn't long after the film that I started to love his work with Scottie Pippen as much as I loved his work with Bugs Bunny.

The disease then spread, as my love of basketball began to spread from Jordan to the Bulls to the NBA, and finally reaching the realms of other sports. Very content to sit and watch practically any sport, I started to soak up knowledge like a sponge. My first love, however, will always remain the sport of basketball.

Growing up in Hong Kong, I had made up my mind from an early age that I was going to go to college in America, and it has not let me down. The wonder that is ESPN constantly amazes me, and my interest led me to become an Editing Intern here at this fine website, then a writer, then a Featured Columnist and now the Lead Featured Columnist for the Baltimore Ravens.

Even if I don't end up as some hotshot sports writer, you can be sure that I will watch any and every sport I can find with the same fervor and joy of a 6-year-old watching Michael Jordan dunk the ball from half-court.

Follow me on Twitter (@shehan_peiris) for my witty tweets, links to well-crafted articles (forgive me for including my own work here, but it's mostly work from others), and breaking sports news and stories.

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  • Phil Grimes posted 124 days ago

    Phil Grimes

    I'm going to need you to check out Jerome Couplin III from W&M. Not a day one starter, and he's listed as a free safety, but with a year or two to learn, I think he could play free safety for the Ravens. Very impressed by him

  • Shea Kastl posted 154 days ago

    Shea Kastl

    In Re Today's article, and specifically Serge Ibaka: "There is no reason why he’s averaging less than 10 rebounds per game, but that’s nit-picking..." There is a reason. And its KD's rebounding rate. I enjoyed the article. Always refreshing to read from somebody that actually watches games.

  • Nolan Gouveia posted 195 days ago

    Nolan Gouveia

    Sub the Gamer?

  • Phil Grimes posted 261 days ago

    Phil Grimes

    I'm not sure if you've ever considered this, and it is getting really late into the season, but you should add a coaching grade as a slide in the report card grades. I know it's a little harder to grade the coaches, but I think it'd be interesting to see how you grade their calls.

  • A.M. Hogan posted 314 days ago

    A.M. Hogan

    Sub The Gamer???

  • Tiffany Brennan posted 315 days ago

    Tiffany Brennan

    You're welcome, Shehan!

  • Mary Hammond posted 380 days ago

    Mary  Hammond

    You're welcome, Shehan! Not an accident at all. I like your writing, and you're just starting out so I'm excited to see what comes next. Just one issue with the article: How did Metta's three in Game 7 against the Celtics in the 2010 finals not make the list??? Haha.

  • Tiffany Brennan posted 386 days ago

    Tiffany Brennan

    You're welcome, Shehan! Keep up the good work.

  • Ben Rosenthal posted 388 days ago

    Ben Rosenthal

    Glad to hear it, Shehan. Definitely a huge loss for the Ravens. I always liked Ed Dickson, so like you said, he has a big chance now.

  • Max Towle posted 669 days ago

    Max Towle

    Thanks Michael, appreciate it.

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