From one dream to another

I’m not a Lakers fan.

Sure, I knew who Kobe Bryant was and watched when they were in the playoffs like everyone around me apparently did, but basketball wasn’t really my thing: I played for two years, it wasn’t very good, and as a result of my impatience, I lost interest.

On the last day of the youth basketball season, the father of one of my teammates kindly came to my mom and told her I should try soccer. I was very opposed to it at first because I knew less about football than I knew about basketball, but in the end it became my life.

Not only did I play on weekends, but I spent hours every day on YouTube watching the featured videos of the best players in the world: Ronaldinho, Kaka, Zidane, Beckham, Ronaldo, Messi – it would take me a while to think about basketball over and over again.

Then one day, while browsing Facebook, I saw a video of a feathery-haired basketball player fiddling with the ball in half a court. That player was Steve Nash, and he quickly became my favorite player.

The problem with being a Nash fan in Los Angeles, though, was that the Suns games weren’t as available as they are now, so outside of televised games nationwide, I was only able to watch Nash’s YouTube videos. That was until the Lakers traded for him in the summer of 2012.

And this is the story of how I became obsessed with the Blakers.

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Prior to the 2021-22 season, the 2012-13 campaign was the worst season in Lakers history (at least in terms of team expectations) but for me, it was my first season as a committed fan and I found every second intoxicating. . I didn’t miss a match, even when I had to skip a few.

But watching wasn’t enough to satisfy my obsession: I needed to read about it, tweet about it and, if I could, write and podcast about it. Doing this for a living wasn’t even just my idea at the time; I just wanted to talk about the Lakers.

So I started applying everywhere. And by “submit,” I mean emailing people begging to let me write for their site for free. One of the people I emailed was Drew Garrison, the editor-in-chief of Silver Screen and Roll at the time.

To my surprise, Drew replied to me and said he was familiar with my work. That alone was enough to keep me going, which, in hindsight, was fine because I didn’t hear from him again for a year.

The next time I emailed Drew was when Harrison Feigen left SSR to write for the Lakers Nation (a traitor) and Anthony Irwin followed him out the door. I knew the Lakers had a busy inconvenience coming, and I knew Drew was going to need help. You were right, and Drew had me on board in a matter of days.

Since then, a lot has happened: Drew left, briefly took over the job and Harrison returned to run the site with Anthony as his number two.

Harrison could have kicked me out of the sun when he came back, and at times I’m sure there were times he wished he would, but he didn’t, and for that I am forever grateful, not only that he allowed me a platform, but that she gave me this community .

You see, as much as I enjoyed my work covering the Lakers, there were days that drained it – a lot of them – and the only thing that kept me going in those days was this community. Are Lakers fans as vile as their reputation suggests? Sometimes, sure, and I’m definitely on the wrong side of that. But they are also some of the most supportive people in sports.

Without this community, I wouldn’t have had a job in sports media, I wouldn’t have been able to live my dream of hosting a successful podcast, and I wouldn’t have met some of my best friends. I owe you all so much, and the love I have for you will never fade.

But again, I’ll leave the hardwoods to the field, where I’ll join Fox Sports as the Football Editor. Words cannot express how excited I am for this next chapter in my career and I hope you will continue to do so. That is why now I have written this long farewell.

I wrote this for a struggling high school kid, not sure if his non-academic interests could be turned into a career. The answer to this question was yes.

I was a terrible high school student and had no idea what I was doing when I took classes at a community college. I also didn’t set up with money or relationships in the industry; I just fired my shot and got in.

So whatever you do in your life or in your career, just keep shooting; One of them will fall. That’s what I learned from watching the highlights of Ronaldinho and Steve Nash, and I hope that’s what someone learned from it.

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