Hey everyone. I know I haven’t posted here in a while, but I wanted a place to round up my favorite stories I wrote this year without doing the obnoxious Twitter thread thing.
I want to give a serious thank you to all the editors, PR staffers and everyone else who made all these stories possible. I also couldn’t have done it without the support of my close friends, who understand I don’t get to have much of a social life and still stick with me anyway.
Anyway, here’s to a great 2018 and this was a fun look back for me at the year that was.
- My feature on David Nwaba begins with one of my favorite anecdotes I’ve ever gotten to write. One of the best people I’ve ever covered. Just a totally normal guy who happens to be an NBA player.
- This story started out with the weirdest tip I’ve ever gotten when a woman called me and told me her father, who was 61 years old, wanted to try out for the Clippers. I was dubious, but I’m glad I followed up because Calvin Roberts ended up having an incredible story that I hope I was able to do justice.
- Also from Las Vegas Summer League: I noticed that the Lakers had a problem — Lonzo Ball was so quick with his passes that he was hitting his teammates in the face. I talked to them about how it was adjusting to his quick-hitting feeds and I think it turned out as a fun read.
- Two on Kyle Kuzma, who seems like a genuinely good dude and is a fun interview because of how confident and sarcastic he is. On his love of giving back to the community, and how he’s adjusting to being the new face of the Lakers.
- The most recent story to make the list: On Thomas Bryant, who wants to be the best two-way big man in the league even if the Lakers want him to be patient.
- Two from the Daily Titan, where I spent God knows how many hours this year. This might be the most meaningful thing I’ve ever written, on the bond between Coben Swanson and the CSUF baseball team, and on a very different note Daniel Venzant, who is making an impact on the Titans without playing much.
Anyway, to all five of you who read all of this, thank you for your support and have an amazing 2018. Hopefully I can do a few more things to be proud of.