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 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.
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.
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 Boston University. 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.
DAN SCHAYES (NBA issues) — After an 18-year career, Dan retired from the NBA in 1999 and still ranks in the top 10 in total seasons, playing in over 1,200 games. He is the son of Dolph Schayes, one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players and has been involved in the NBA his entire life. Dan was one of the central figures, key negotiators and creators of the Collective Bargaining Agreement that ended the 1998-99 lockout. He also has had a successful broadcasting career working for ESPN, TNT and two years as color analyst for the Seattle SuperSonics. Dan also has been a radio DJ, hosting his own show for four years, and is an accomplished public speaker, both as a keynote speaker and event host. He recently completed his term as interim executive director of the National Basketball Retired Players Association and was responsible for creating and managing programs for over 600 retired players. Dan has a BA with honors in chemistry from Syracuse University, where he was an Academic All-American and awarded several post-graduate academic scholarships. His wife, Wendy, was an Olympic athlete and competed in the 1988 Olympics in springboard diving. They have a son, Logan.
MICHAEL SCOTTO (Knicks and Nets/Friday columns) — Michael joins SheridanHoops as we move into our third year, replacing Moke Hamilton. He has big shoes to fill. Michael also works as a video editor for NBCUniversal. Before joining Sheridan Hoops, Michael was a writer and on-camera reporter covering the NBA nationally for RealGM.com and was an analyst covering the Brooklyn Nets for SNYNets.com. Michael graduated from Hofstra University with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism and Speech Communications in 2011. When Michael isn’t covering NBA games or writing articles, he can be found at the nearest basketball court running pick-and-roll sets and shooting three-pointers from NBA range. One of Michael’s trademarks is his Brooklyn, Italian personality and thick accent. Follow him on Twitter (@MikeAScotto), watch him on YouTube, or email him here.
ANDY AND BRIAN KAMENETZKY (Wednesday Cali Report) — The brothers are radio hosts and sports writers who have covered the NBA and the Lakers over the last eight seasons for ESPN.com, ESPNLA 710 and the Los Angeles Times. They’ve also written about everything from NFL to baseball to X Games and even dipped their toes into the crazy worlds of professional bull riding and bass fishing. (Check out “Fishing on the Edge,” their co-authored autobiography of Mike Iaconelli, often described as “bass fishing’s Dennis Rodman.”) If you wanna talk smack about their alma maters, Andy went to USC, Brian to Vanderbilt. Follow their smart-ass Tweets at @KamBrothers.
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.
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.
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 pro 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.
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.
KELS DAYTON — Kels began covering basketball at age 6, when he documented Game 7 of the Bulls-Suns NBA Finals that had just taken place in his driveway. Since then, he has started the successful basketball blog RoundballDaily.com, which has covered the NBA and college hoops for three years. His work has also appeared in SLAM Magazine and various newspaper outlets throughout the country. In addition, he serves as editor of SportzEdge.com, a new website from WTNH in New Haven, Conn. In his spare time, Kels is writing a book on the snake-bitten Sacramento Kings of the early 2000s, or as he will tell you, the real 2002 NBA champions. You can follow him on Twitter @RoundballDaily, or send him an email at email@example.com.
JAMES PARK (Blogger, Deputy Managing Editor) - 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 lead 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 will 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.
MICHAEL BRUMAGIN (Tweet of the Day) – Michael got his start in sports writing with Bleacher Report, where he earned entry into their 2012 Fall Sports Writing Internship on the merit of his first article. His talents are as diverse as his interests in sports. Michael began with a traditional art background—drawing, painting and writing poetry—before being exposed to the digital arts. Michael attended art school, beginning as a multimedia major before going on to obtain his degree in video production. He intends to blend his passion for sports and the arts and use his talents to build a successful career in sports media. Follow @MBrumagin
BEN BAROFF (Blogger) — A 2012 Indiana University alumnus, Ben spent four years covering the ups and downs of the Indiana basketball program. From 6-25 to “The Wat-Shot” to last year’s Sweet 16 run, Ben was there to see it all. A native of Northeast Ohio and lifelong Cleveland sports fan, a career in the sports marketing world brought him to New York, where he currently resides while blogging for SheridanHoops.com and painfully watching his Cavaliers via NBA League Pass. You can follow him on Twitter or email 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 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.
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 in Toronto, “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. His Twitter is @SheridanFantasy. You can contact Kent via e-mail here.
JACK SCHEUER (Trivia maven) – A recent member of the octogenarian 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.