In March I found myself sitting in a cafe with my brother watching the NCAA Final Four, while our Mom sat beside us, nodding off to sleep, wanting her two kids to finish watching the game. We both looked at her and smiled. It was something that often happened in our childhood; she did her best as a single parent. Always did. The moment was all the more poignant because the three of us had not been in a room together in 9 years.
I’m stepping down as Editor In Chief at Press Basketball.
That moment along with my impending 40th birthday and other things have triggered major soul searching.
I realized that I’ve spent the last 15 years of evenings and weekends on passion projects like films, TV shows, sports radio, blogs, and most recently Press.
I’ll never get that time back.
More importantly, I deserve to be doing this work for pay.
I need to start investing time into things I have put on the back burner for long stretches of my life. Exercise. Family. Diet. Friends. Love. Travel. Sleep. Fun. And time for me to just…be.
I realized after I finished writing this recent piece on the end of Manu Ginobili’s career, that it was actually all about me.
I came to Press Basketball in February 2016 as one of the founding members; the old cowboy of the group who did my best to instill a culture of respect, creativity, and kindness. I brought in writers who I saw blossom before my eyes all season long. Its something I’m most proud of. This entire departure is oh so bitter sweet for me.
What will I do next?
I’m considering career opportunities in media and elsewhere, yet I’m grateful I have a solid day job as I decide my next move. This summer, I will begin writing my first novel, tentatively titled The Noose: How I Survived My Dad’s Suicide and Found My Way In Life. It will be equal parts self help, autobiography, and anecdotes on the roller coaster my life has been.
The great thing is that I will be leaving Press in really good hands.
Josh Howe will be taking over as Editor In Chief. He has my full blessings, respect, encouragement, and talent to thrive in the role. Josh and I are very much kindred spirits, with very similar tastes, style, and we even share the same birthday. He’s been a stalwart on our editorial team all season long, and the transition has already begun.
But really, it’s all about the team. Press, like the Spurs are built on the idea of togetherness and family. A there are a few people I very much have to thank from the last year and a half here:
John Gaudes for your endless work on editorial, and knocking out all those damn solid articles all season long.
Maddy Harris for calling my bullshit early in the season, and making me a much better editor.
Will Strickland for bringing your own unique voice.
Darren Andrade for all the wisdom.
Alan Shane Lewis for doing what you could, when you could.
Spencer Lund for stepping in and being a mentor when we needed it.
Josh Eberley for always supporting us, and always having my back.
James Holas for your extreme writing talent that I hope you continue to push.
Eric Fawcett for going out on a limb to write.
Avery Rajala for always making me chuckle with your heart and your words.
Justin Rowan for your friendship grinding out some tough Monday work with due diligence.
Andrew Miller for coming along for the ride.
Meaghan Marie for seizing and opportunity, your work ethic and hustle is tremendous.
Ilia Jivotov for giving us a home.
Charles Blouin-Gascon for the local blood.
Mike Masaya for lending a hand.
Nathan Powell for wrangling things that needed wrangling.
Tryan Servinis for creating a logo I wish cherish into perpetuity.
Daniel Rowell for throwing us some bedazzle.
Royce White for the encouragement and friendship.
Dwight Walton for the mentorship in an ocean full of sharks.
Ryan Antonio Henry for being a man of few words, but the blue-collar guy that quietly held everything together. Keep doing what you do, brother.
Andrew Hamilton for being the most solid human I know in Toronto. Nuff said.
Phil Boileau for being my basketball soul mate for the last 6 years. I’m gonna miss every moment with you.
This is a really family we have here, and I love these guys. It’s really hard to walk away from this thing we built together.
My involvement in Press next season is up in the air. I have a few things in development, and we’ll see. I’ll try and pop up on the radar every now and then. Nonetheless, I will always be there to support and cheer from afar.
A few last words.
Life is short. Do what you have a passion for. Tell someone you love them. Work on yourself. Go to the difficult corners of your soul. If you are afraid of taking a risk—it’s usually a risk worth taking.
Hire these people mentioned above—they all deserve jobs. Its criminal that we’re all doing this for free. This industry is a train wreck and we’re all shooting hoops in the dark hoping for miracles.
And finally, thank you to my Mom and Matthew.
You brought me to basketball, and I plan on spending much more time with both of you.
Much love as always,
Co-Founder and Former Editor In Chief, Press Basketball.
Ride The Wave
Back in October the sky was the limit. LeBron had decided to move to LA and join the Lakers. Things were good then.
Back in October the sky was the limit. LeBron had decided to move to LA and join the Lakers, drawing in a decent support team and a lot of talk that the West was looking incredibly dominant next to a “weaker” East. Things were good then.
Five months later and things couldn’t be farther from that idylistic picture. The East thrived without the King and GMs put together some of the most noteworthy teams in a while. And the Lakers? The Lakers currently sit in the 11th spot of the Western Conference with very little hope of making it to the playoffs. They’re a team that is constantly attacked for their lack of chemistry, skill, and effort. For the first time in a long time, LA became synonymous with “hopeless”.
This wasn’t the future we saw for the King.
On the heels of a night filled with one of his greatest achievements ever, the Lakers as a team walked away with a loss to the Denver Nuggets. A night that began on a high note went out on one that was equivalent to sour candy. Furthermore, a frustrated team left an arena, hopped on social media, and found a bevy of congrats for their star player, while enduring the storm that came with another Lakers loss.
It seems that James’ stardom has reached a tipping point, one that makes him a GM one moment, the King of the league the next, and finally the biggest point of contention within the locker room. The most notable thing is that it is clearly wearing him down. Chris Martin let us know that “nobody one said it was easy”, but you’ve got to ask yourself, does it have to be so hard?
The answer is unfortunately, yes. It’s always going to be this way, and there is no fighting the current, but there is beauty in riding the wave. Embracing that moment when the wave comes crashing down on you is important, because it’s always going to happen, but your attitude will always be remembered. LeBron rides high, and keeps things in the positive light for the media, but he’s got to realize that they are writing his story, and he doesn’t have to play into their’s. Ride the wave, and take the loss in stride with all the great that has come with it, but take the loss because your part of a team that is.
The wave has crashed down, but the current will bring another.
Year 15 | A Mini Documentary
Year 15 of a legacy…
Something Out of Nothing
It’s March 2016, and I’m driving with Alan Shane Lewis to Montreal to meet with Marc Griffin and Phil Boileau. We’re meeting to speak about this exciting new idea I pitched to them. We were tired of spinning the wheels on our own individual internet shows, and I told them that it was time we stopped waiting for a network and became the network.
We spoke that weekend about creating a community of content creators that all loved ball and came together to make unique content with unique voices – voices we felt were never heard in the mainstream. This community was the base of Press and we’d continue to push forward from that spot. We spoke about some amazing show ideas, article ideas, social media plan. It was truly an exciting time, and still one of the best weekends of my life.
Two years later and that group is a lot smaller, and that idea is Press Basketball.
It caught fire at the beginning and we had people joining our bright shiny new plaything left, right, and center. It was exciting, but now I kind of realize that a lot of it was just that we were that “bright shiny new thing”.
We ended up with a lot of Press Basketball “members” but when I stepped back and looked at what was happening… it wasn’t what I’d imagined. The fire burned out. The idea was gone. We had just become another thing trying to stay alive, waiting for some deus ex machina to show up with money and make everything okay.
I’ve gone through most of my life making something out of nothing. It’s never easy, but when it happens it’s always worth it… ALWAYS. Press made me feel alive at a point. It was literally all I could think about, and while it still is on my mind, it doesn’t make me feel alive. This hurts more than I can ever explain.
Changes are coming my friends. We’re not laying down and dying, and if we do it’s not going to be like this.
The core of Press will be setting fire to a lot over the next few weeks and I personally can’t wait for this to start. From the ashes something new will rise (I watched a lot of XMEN growing up).
Stay tuned, because it’s not over.
Ride The Wave
Year 15 | A Mini Documentary
An Ode to the 2007-2008 Warriors
USA VS EVERYBODY | The Break | Episode 17
Trading Places | The Break | Episode 18
Christmas Day Showdowns | The Break | Episode 10
Western Conference Preview | The Break | Episode 1
Eastern Conference Preview | The Break | Episode 2
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