The Best NBA Schedule Release Content, Ranked

The NBA released its full 2018-19 schedule Friday.  As has become an annual tradition, digital content departments released a variety of fun and unique content pieces to distribute the schedule to their fans.  I went through all 30 teams’ schedule release content pieces on Twitter and ranked them. You probably didn’t see all of these because the NBA, for God knows what reason, moved away … Continue reading The Best NBA Schedule Release Content, Ranked

How the ‘Emoji Schedule’ Came To Be

As the NBA gets set to release its 2018-19 schedule this week, I find it fascinating that the “emoji schedule” we published when I was at the Hawks in 2016 is still being talked about.  An executive from the organization recently referenced the unique adaptation of the schedule in an interview, nearly two years after it was published.  Below is a brief overview of how … Continue reading How the ‘Emoji Schedule’ Came To Be

An Idea To Shake Up The NBA Lottery and Eliminate Tanking

The 2018 NBA Draft Lottery was Tuesday night, and for the fourth straight season the team with the best odds (or worst record) won the #1 overall pick.  Knowing what the potential of a top overall pick can do for an NBA franchise, tanking to get that slot has never been more popular or prominent than in today’s NBA.  The League hates it because they … Continue reading An Idea To Shake Up The NBA Lottery and Eliminate Tanking

Did the Hawks Make The Right Move By Tanking?

For more than five years, I wasn’t able to (for obvious reasons) give my true thoughts on the Atlanta Hawks’ on-court product.  People would always ask “what did you think of this signing?  That trade?”  I could never publicly comment on it, but now I can.  And since many are asking for some unfiltered thoughts, I’m here to share what I think the Hawks did … Continue reading Did the Hawks Make The Right Move By Tanking?

Sports-Ish With Chad Shanks: Team Social Media in the Rise of NBA Twitter

Chad Shanks is a Content Creative for StatMuse, a creative technology company offering a language-based artificial intelligence platform for enhancing sports fan engagement.  Before that, he worked as the Social Manager for the Houston Rockets, doing basically the same job I did at the Hawks.  Chad is familiar with NBA Twitter and was among the original social managers during the era when NBA Twitter really started … Continue reading Sports-Ish With Chad Shanks: Team Social Media in the Rise of NBA Twitter

Amateurism Needs To End, But Schools Should Still Be Punished Now

The NCAA amateurism debate has raged on for some time now, but the heat got cranked all the way up beginning in September when the FBI’s investigation led to the arrest of 10 men in cases involving bribery, fraud and money laundering. It has only escalated since (Google it if you’d like to catch up), and many are coming to the defense of the players … Continue reading Amateurism Needs To End, But Schools Should Still Be Punished Now