ABOUT THE FOUNDER
If you follow basketball, you probably know Chris Sheridan, one of the most widely-read sports journalists in the business for the past quarter century. This is his new Website, a career move that follows six years at ESPN and ESPN.com, preceded by 18 years at The Associated Press, the final 10 of which were spent as the lead national NBA writer.
There was a time, pre-internet, when every newspaper in America had a wire editor that would await Sheridan’s stories at the conclusion of big games and news events, and he developed a reputation as one of the best deadline writers in the business.
Sheridan then spent six years at ESPN, covering the NBA as a senior writer, columnist and as a TrueHoop blogger, breaking big stories (see: Carmelo Anthony to Knicks), while also specializing in coverage of international basketball — especially Team USA, which he covered at the 2006 and 2010 World Championships, the 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics, the 1999, 2003 and 2007 Tournament of the Americas, the 2007 and 2011 EuroBasket.
He has covered every Olympics since 1996, Karl Malone and Hakeem Olajuwon when they were in their primes, Michael Jordan’s final three-peat with the Chicago Bulls, the rise, fall and re-rise of the Los Angeles Lakers over the past decade, and spent virtually the entire month of May in the states of Michigan and Ohio in the middle of the last decade, back when the Pistons and Cavaliers were a bit more relevant than they are now. In the 2010-11 season, he added the Knicks beat for ESPNNewYork.com to his international and leaguewide duties.
As of September 6, 2011, Sheridan created this site as a vehicle to get his coverage, his product and his viewpoints, now unfiltered, to his targeted audience. Basketball fans want quality coverage with volume and variety but without clutter, and that is what Sheridan will be striving to provide at this site. You can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SheridanHoops has assembled a staff of distinguished contributors and columnists.
JAN HUBBARD (Sunday columns)– Jan began writing about the NBA in 1976 while working in a small Texas Gulf Coast newspaper 90 miles north of Houston. The NBA became a full-time job in 1980 when he covered the expansion Dallas Mavericks, and he worked for two newspapers in the Dallas area before accepting a job with Newsday in New York in 1989. He then left journalism in 1993 to work with the NBA communications group for eight years, serving as media relations director and head of publications. He left the NBA in 2001, returned to Texas and still writes about the NBA on a freelance basis. He has covered three Olympics, including the ascension of international basketball at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, where the Soviet Union won the gold and Yugoslavia won the silver. In 1992, along with Mark Heisler, he was one of the few American journalists to cover the Dream Team from Day 1 at training camp in San Diego to the gold medal victory in Barcelona. And during that period, he even played golf with Charles Barkley – before Barkley’s swing was cursed. Follow him on Twitter, or e-mail him here.
CHRIS BERNUCCA (Monday columns, Rookie rankings, Managing Editor) — Remember when LeBron James started talking about the final episode of “The Sopranos” right in the middle of the 2007 NBA Finals? He was answering a question from Bernucca, who covered the NBA for SportsTicker for more than a decade before moving into the freelance world. Chris first began covering basketball in the late 1980s at the college level, tracking Kyrie Irving’s father, Drederick, at BostonUniversity. He spent nearly five years at the Associated Press before joining SportsTicker, where he covered everything from David Stern to Kornel David. Chris’ work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on the websites of ESPN, the NBA and Pro Basketball News. Born and raised in New York and blessed with a memory for all things anecdotal and a love for the offbeat story, he lives in Connecticut with his family, where he also coaches high school basketball. He will provide a constant smorgasbord of content for SheridanHoops.com. Follow him on Twitter, and contact him here via Google-Plus.
CHRIS PERKINS (Tuesday columns) — A sportswriter with 20 years of experience, Perkins was there the night Miami Heat teammates Jason Williams and Antoine Walker argued with each other on the court for so long they incurred a delay of game warning. Perkins was also in the Heat locker room the night angular forward Rasual Butler donned Shaquille O’Neal’s winter coat and paraded around like a 5-year-old wearing his father’s over-sized clothes. That’s the beauty of the NBA – you never know what you’ll see. In the previous nine seasons covering the Miami Heat, Perkins has covered some of the most interesting NBA personalities of the past decade: Pat Riley. Shaquille O’Neal. Gary Payton. Alonzo Mourning. Dwayne Wade. LeBron James. Prior to that, it was a variety of sports and teams — the Miami Dolphins, University of Texas and University of Miami, among others – for the Palm Beach Post, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Through all the NBA Finals, NBA All-Star games, Super Bowls, World Series, Final Fours and college football bowl games, he still finds it gratifying to be at a plain old Tuesday night Heat-Warriors game. It doesn’t have the glitz and glamour of, say, Heat-Lakers, but it’s the NBA. You never know what you’ll see. Follow him on Twitter, or e-mail him here.
MARK HEISLER (Wednesday Power Rankings, columns)- The 2006 recipient of the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award, Mark spent 32 years at the Los Angeles Times, the last 20 of them trying to keep up with wild and crazy Lakers, who won five titles in that time while transitioning from Magic Johnson to Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, as well as the inimitable Donald Sterling, the Los Angeles Clippers owner who won no titles but was somewhat fun to correspond with. Not that Donald ever answered Mark’s open letters that offered him advice, but everyone else seemed to enjoy them. Mark’s days covering the NBA go back to the 1969-70 season when the Philadelphia Inquirer sent him to the Finals, where the Knicks put him in the upstairs press box in Madison Square Garden (next to Frank Deford of Sports Illustrated, a scribe the publicists snubbed whenever possible) to witness Willis Reed hobble onto the floor for Game 7 with one leg shot full of painkillers. Of course, Mark was so far up, he thought Cazzie Russell, who came out first, was Willis, as did much of the crowd, which cheered. After that, Mark covered all sorts of memorable things — the so-called “game of the ’70s,” the arrival of Julius Erving, the league’s near-death experience in the ’80s, the triumph of Showtime, Magic’s retirement, the Dream Team and the arrival of Shaq and Kobe, heralding more Laker glory and more adventures than anyone bargained for. Follow him on Twitter, or e-mail Mark here through Google-Plus.
CHARLEY ROSEN (Friday columns) — A former star player at Hunter College and a one-time teammate of Larry Brown, Rosen has played hoops against the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson, Rick Barry, Cazzie Russell, Neal Walk, Phil Jackson, and many others. Rosen coached in the CBA (serving as an assistant to Jackson with the Albany Patroons) before beginning a prolific writing career. Hepublished his first book (a novel, Have Jump Shot, Will Travel) in 1975, an 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.
MOKE HAMILTON (Knicks/NBA columns) — Moke is one of our senior NBA columnists, covering free agency during the offseason, and the New York Knicks during the regular season. He recently graduated from the Maurice A. Dean School of Law at Hofstra University and made a name for himself covering the 2011 NBA Lockout for SNY’s TheKnicksBlog.com, where he also serves as the resident NBA Cap Analyst. Though he lacks “corporate” writing experience, Moke has dedicated his academic development to understanding and studying the business of the NBA. While studying at Columbia University, he wrote an award-winning academic thesis on Income Inequality Amongst NBA Players Based on Race. And now, as a law school graduate specializing in Labor and Transactional Law, Moke is New York-born and New York-bred, but manages to walk the fine line between excited fan and disinterested observer. Follow him on Twitter, and e-mail him here.
NICK GIBSON (Euroleague correspondent)- Born and bred in Atlanta, Nick turned heartbreak into opportunity when Josh Childress left his beloved Hawks in the summer of 2008, opting instead for a gig with the Greek club Olympiacos. Once Josh’s decision had turned Nick’s attention toward European ball, forgotten faces like Trajan Langdon and Khalid El-Amin held it there, and Nick’s site, www.euroleagueadventures.com was born. Since launching ELA, Nick has watched Juan Carlos Navarro shoot Barcelona to a Euroleague title in Paris, Jonas Valanciunas ply his trade in Vilnius, Lithuania, and Nikoloz Tskitishvili amble aimlessly up and down a court in Fuenlabrada, Spain in a gym that was no larger than your high school’s. In Istanbul, Turkey, in September, 2010, Nick was blowing off his first two weeks of classes at Syracuse to cover the World Championship. He called the action live for BBC Radio when Kevin Durant willed America’s supposed ‘B-Deem Team’ past Turkey for the Gold Medal. He is still a regular correspondent on the BBC’s weekly radio program, Sportsworld, where he comments on both the NBA and European basketball. He has lived in Barcelona, Istanbul and Atlanta in the past year, and he will relocate to Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2013. Follow him on Twitter, or e-mail him here.
GUAN WEIJIA (China correspondent) — Born and raised in Beijing, a graduate of Nanjing University, Guan (a.k.a. Vega) is a columnist and the vice director of the basketball department at Titan Sports, the most popular sports newspaper in China. He also writes for The Beijing News and qq.com. His blog at qq.com has more than one million page visits in the past nine months, and his Chinese twitter has more than 100,000 followers. As an avid basketball aficionado, Guan watches all kinds of basketball games — NBA, Chinese Basketball Association, NCAA, Euroleague, CUBA (Chinese University Basketball Association), and Jason Kidd is his favorite NBA player. Guan also serves as the color commentator for QQ Sports TV’s coverage of NBA games. The day after Dallas Mavericks won the NBA championship, Guan wrote a leading article for Titan Sports entitled “Basketball Wins” — a column considered his best work. Guan will contribute to SheridanHoops.com begining in the fall of 2011, helping introduce Chinese basketball to the rest of the world and keeping a close eye on the trials and tribulations of the American players plying their trade in the world’s most populated nation. E-mail him here.
JON MARKS (Philadelphia columns) — Jon Marks has covered the Philadelphia 76ers from the days of Dr. J and his teammate, Joe Bryant (best known as Kobe’s dad). He joined SheridanHoops as a contributing columnist during the Sixers’ improbable run to the second round of the 2012 playoffs, and he will be contributing regularly to the site in the 2012-13 season. He has won awards from the Pro Basketball Writer’s Association and North Jersey Press Club. His other claim to fame is driving Rick Mahorn to a playoff game after missing the team bus. Follow him on Twitter, and e-mail him here.
ADAM ZAGORIA (College and prep columns) — A resident of lower Manhattan, Adam runs ZagsBlog.com and covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio, and he will contribute a weekly column to SheridanHoops focusing on college hoops, recruiting, the NBA draft and a host of other items relating to players with the talent to make it to the NBA. He is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sports Illustrated and Basketball Times, he is the author of two books, including She’s Got Handle, called one of the top sports books of 2001 by The New York Times, and ULTIMATE — The First Four Decades, which documents the colorful history of Ultimate Frisbee and was featured on ESPN’s Cold Pizza. Follow him on Twitter, or e-mail him here.
AJ MITNICK (Saturday/Sunday columns)- Originally from New Jersey, AJ transferred from Hoftra University to IDC Herzliya in Israel, where he would frequently show up late to morning classes if the West Coast NBA games ran late. He spent last season as a writer and super administrator for the English language website of Bnei Hasharon in the Israeli Basketball Super League, before getting hired as a scout this season by Maccabi Rishon Lezion. In addition to scouting, Mitnick will be taking a professional basketball coaching course at the Wingate Institute in Israel and will be covering basketball from around the globe on his site, http://mindlessdribble.net. In between practices and film sessions, he provides analysis of NBA and international basketball, with a special focus on American players overseas, at SheridanHoops.com. Follow him on Twitter, and Contact AJ by e-mail here.
JACK SCHEUER (Trivia maven) – A recent member of the octegenarion club, Jack writes our daily trivia questions — a feature we added in November, 2012. Jack is a fixture on the Philly hoops scene, with 40 years experience covering NBA and college basketball, Phillies baseball and Penn football. A columnist for PhilaHoops.com, Jack was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2009, and the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame in 2002. He has been an assistant basketball coach at Drexel University and Father Judge H.S. (Phila). Because he is 80, you cannot contact him or follow via Twitter because he wants nothing to do with Twitter. (I will bring him around-CS). We will not give out the number to his rotary phone, but you can e-mail him.
KENT WILLIAMS – (Fantasy writer/editor) – A fan of the NBA since Havlicek stole the ball, Kent Williams has owned fantasy basketball teams since 2001. His Alcindor Skyhooks are defending champions of the Peach Baskets league. Kent has written about fantasy baseball for ESPN, The Hardball Times and Batter’s Box, which he founded in 2002. Formerly a horseman, track announcer, racing secretary and publicist in the harness racing industry, he wrote columns about the sport for several Ontario newspapers and features for TROT Magazine and The Canadian Sportsman. Now a technical support consultant and web designer, “Coach” runs his fantasy squads much like his high school baseball teams: apply constant pressure, take advantage of every opportunity and hope your opponents make mistakes. A Toronto native, frustrated for years with Raptors mis-management, he remains excited about Jonas Valanciunas, who should be owned in deep keeper leagues. His Twitter is @SheridanFantasy. You can contact Kent via e-mail here.
JAMES PARK (Blogger) – James Park moved to the States after living the first 10 years of his life in South Korea. He studied at Rutgers and is currently the Vice President of Quest International Limousine in Manhattan. He is the blogger of Sheridanhoops.com and hands out our daily Tweet of the Night. Park grew up watching a popular Japanese anime called “Slam Dunk!” and fell in love with the game of basketball. He then turned to the NBA and was lucky enough to witness the greatest player of all time in Michael Jordan, further enhancing his desire to know more about the game. To learn more about James, check his youtube channel that involves all things basketball and follow him on twitter @SheridanBlog.
JEREMY BAUMAN (Blogger/Columnist) – Jeremy Bauman is a 2011 Indiana University alum who is an aspiring scout and shooting coach. After covering last June’s NBA finals for this site, he’ll be blogging for SheridanHoops.com during the 2012-13 basketball season. He has interned for the famous Gauchos team in the South Bronx and began writing a blog for slam Magazine entitled JB For 3. Follow him on Twitter, or e-mail him here.
DAN MALONE (Blogger) — A junior at University of Kings College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he spends his summers in Baltimore, where he covers the Single-A minor-league baseball team the Aberdeen IronBirds for OriolesHangout.com. He blogs on weekends for SheridanHoops.com, and his preferred method of communication is telepathy — although he is reputed to own a cell phone. Follow him on Twitter or e-mail him here.
JEFF NICHOLS (Fantasy writer) – A former lawyer and now a financial consultant, Jeff Nichols is the athletic kin to a tone-deaf karaoke singer — he loves sports but lacks the co-ordination to succeed at them. As a result, fantasy sports became the perfect outlet for his passion. Extending from his fascination with the numbers on the back of baseball cards, Jeff started playing fantasy baseball at the age of seven and is now an avid player of fantasy baseball in the summer and basketball in the winter who wins by using customized strategies based on league settings and out hustling his league-mates to loose balls. Every Saturday during the season, he will be looking to the NBA week ahead and offering strategic advice. Contact Jeff via e-mail.
BRUCE WRIGLEY (Fantasy Writer) – grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia and lives in Hamilton, Ontario, a stone’s throw from where Canada’s national teams frequently train. Bruce played high school basketball very badly, indulging his love of grabbing occasional rebounds, shooting ill-advised jumpers and fouling egregiously. He went on to spread his love of physical mayhem on to the youth through coaching. Defending champion of the Lounge League, Bruce is a longtime fantasy basketball player and has also written about baseball for numerous publications, including Batter’s Box. In his spare time from fantasy play, he is a tax attorney, a financial writer, a dad and a community activist. Contact Bruce via e-mail.
SHERIDAN HOOPS RADIO
BRIAN GELTZEILER — Executive producer and co-host of SheridanHoops radio, Brian’s true passion is the NBA. He grew up in a basketball family. His father, Burt, was an elite college basketball player for Newark Rutgers in the late 40’s and was drafted by the Tri-City Hawks (now Atlanta) in 1950 by their GM Red Auerbach. Brian gets his money’s worth from his NBA League Pass. He lives in Livingston NJ with his wife and 4 children. He is the editor of hoopscritic.com, and you can follow him on Twitter or reach him via e-mail.
ANDY ROTH: One of three co-hosts on SheridanHoopsRadio, Andy Roth is currently a contributing NBA editor for The Sports Network. He covered the Knicks for NBC Radio and AP Radio for eleven years and was an NBA Columnist for Celtics Pride Magazine for two years. He’s covered many of the major sporting events, including the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, U.S. Open Tennis and Golf, and his sports business experience goes back to the days of SportsPhone, a staple of pre-Internet cutting-edge companies. (“For all the sports news instantly, dial 976-1313.” Anyone who was around New York in the 70s and 80s remembers). Follow him on Twitter, and e-mail Andy here.
JACQUELINE TAYLOR: Known in radio circles as “That Sports Babe,” the Las Vegas-based Taylor says on her Twitter profile “I eat, sleep, live & breathe bball. She is a marketing representative and co-host for SheridanHoops.Radio. Follow her on Twitter, or e-mail here.
AMIT BADLANI: Amit is our radio production intern for the Fall semester. He was born and raised in New York, where he is a senior at Fordham University studying Journalism and Communications. Amit has worked in the sports department at WFUV throughout his college career. At the radio station, he hosts shows, produces live sporting events, anchors drive-time sportscasts and reports on professional teams. The teams and events he’s covered include the Knicks, Nets, Mets, US Open Tennis Championships, and Brooklyn Cyclones. In the past year, Amit has interned for WOR Radio, ESPN Radio, and Jets Quarterback Mark Sanchez. He has also contributed to SNY’s MetsBlog throughout the 2012 season by providing breaking news and quotes from the locker room. E-mail Amit here.
JABARI DAVIS: Jabari A. Davis is a writer for LakersNation.com, creator of RealTalkOnSports.com, and Co-Founder/Editor of TheOpinioNation.com. He is an avid NBA junkie that will miss your child’s birthday party if you happen to schedule it at the same time as a Lakers playoff game. Jabari hosts the Triple Threat Podcast each Saturday afternoon on BlogTalkRadio.com, and has recently been added to the production team of the SheridanHoopsRadio. Follow him on Twitter or e-mail him here.