NEW YORK — Veteran author/journalist Charley Rosen has joined the staff of SheridanHoops.com, giving the independent, non-affiliated Web site the most experienced staff of basketball journalists of any American news outlet.
Rosen, 71, joins a staff that includes former Los Angeles Times columnist Mark Heisler (36 years covering the NBA, former Dallas Morning News, New York Newsday and Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Jan Hubbard (20-plus years as a journalist in addition to 8 years working in the league office), columnist/managing editor Chris Bernucca (25 years of journalism experience, including a stint as sports editor of SportsTicker), Miami media fixture Chris Perkins (20 years, including a long stint with the Palm Beach Post) and octogenarian trivia maven Jack Scheuer (pictured below right), a fixture on the Philadelphia hoops scene since Wilt Chamberlain was in diapers.
All are regular contributors and columnists to the independent Web site launched in Sept, 2011, by Sheridan, a veteran of 18 years at The Associated Press and six years at ESPN and ESPN.com.
Rosen’s passion for hoops has a long history.
The highlights of his playing career include his varsity career at Hunter College back in the early sixties when he set several single-season and career records in scoring and rebounding that still stand. In 1961, he was an alternate on the USA team that won a gold medal in the Maccabiah Games, where his most notable teammates were Larry Brown and Art Heyman. He then played briefly in the Eastern League (forerunner of the Continental Basketball Association), and concluded his active career by leading his team to a bronze medal in the 1994 World Senior games.
Along the way he played with and against several NBA players, including Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson, Rick Barry, Cazzie Russell, Neal Walk, Phil Jackson, and many others.
Rosen served his coaching apprenticeship for three years as Jackson’s assistant with the Albany Patroons in the CBA. From there, Rosen was a head coach in the same league (in Savannah, Rockford, Oklahoma City, and Albany) for another six seasons. During his tenure in the CBA he coached (and also scrimmaged with) over fifty once-and-future NBA players.
Rosen published his first book (a novel, Have Jump Shot, Will Travel) in 1975. Since then he has written 17 others (both fiction and non-fiction), with two more hoops-based novels scheduled for release in the near future.
In addition, Rosen has penned over 100 articles for several magazines: Sport, Inside Sport, GQ, Men’s Journal, The Rolling Stone, The New York Times Book Review, Penthouse and several more.
In addition, his on-line contributions to Web sites including ESPN.com, FoxSports.com, Sporting News.com. NBA.com and HoopsHype.com have totaled nearly 2,000 articles.
His playing and coaching experience have given Rosen a unique insider’s view of the game that SheridanHoops is happy to present to its readership. His columns will run every Friday.