Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Your New NBA Talk Sage: TrueHoop Network

The Opening Night Roster
The TrueHoop Network will grow to cover every NBA team and then some. The charter members are:

Atlanta Hawks: Since 2007, Hoopinion has focused exclusively on providing analysis of and a place to discuss the Atlanta Hawks. Hoopinion was created and is operated by Bret LaGree who has written about professional and college basketball for several web outlets.

Charlotte Bobcats: QueenCityHoops is a source of statistical analysis and discourse on the Charlotte Bobcats. Brett Hainline started the site as the first of his internet ventures, and it remains his passion.

Chicago Bulls: By The Horns provides detailed insight into the Chicago Bulls from the perspective of an impassioned fan. It was founded by Matt McHale, who has covered the NBA for both his personal NBA-wide blog Basketbawful and Deadspin.

Dallas Mavericks: The Two Man Game, founded by Rob Mahoney, promises biased and unbalanced Mavericks information. Mahoney, a University of Texas student, has written for the blogs Upside and Motor and Hardwood Paroxysm.

Denver Nuggets: Roundball Mining Company focuses on game strategies and player strengths and weaknesses. It was created by Jeremy Wagner who has been watching the Nuggets his entire life, and previously ran the blog Pickaxe & Roll.

Detroit Pistons: Piston Powered covers the Detroit Pistons. Dan Feldman, a sportswriter for The Michigan Daily, started the blog this year.

Los Angeles Clippers: Clipperblog offers in-depth analysis and discussion of the Los Angeles Clippers. It was founded in 2006 by Kevin Arnovitz, now ESPN editor for the TrueHoop Network.

Los Angeles Lakers: Forum Blue and Gold focuses on the on-the-court issues and highlights of the Lakers. It was developed by Kurt Helin, a professional journalist from Long Beach, CA, who has written for a number of publications from NBC online to Entrepreneur.

New Orleans Hornets: Hornets247 aims to spread information, provide analysis and encourage discussion for the New Orleans Hornets. Launched in 2003, Hornets247 features the personalities of Niall Doherty and Ryan Schwan, and a knowledgeable community of Hornets fans.

New York Knicks: Since 2004, Knickerblogger has offered statistic-based analysis of the New York Knicks and the NBA. The site features an advanced stats page and a half dozen writers, including its founder Mike Kurylo, who provide comprehensive insight into the team.

Oklahoma City Thunder: Daily Thunder offers in-depth analysis and discussion of the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was founded by Royce Young, who recently graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a journalism degree and has covered Oklahoma Sooner sports for the Oklahoma Daily.

Phoenix Suns: Valley of the Suns is the home of commentary, analysis and news updates on anything and everything Phoenix Suns basketball. It was founded by Michael Schwartz, who has covered Arizona Wildcats basketball for the Arizona Daily Wildcat and the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers for MLB.com.

San Antonio Spurs: 48 Minutes of Hell offers in-depth commentary on the San Antonio Spurs and their D-League affiliate, the Austin Toros. It was founded by Graydon Gordian and is coauthored by both Graydon and Timothy Varner.

Toronto Raptors: Raptors Republic is the online community for Toronto Raptors fans everywhere, providing unbiased analysis, podcasts, interviews, events and exclusive tools. RR is the collaboration of five "day one" Raptors fans and veteran bloggers AltRaps, Arsenalist, Dinosty, Raps Fan and Realizar.

NBA-Wide: The Wizznutzz are among the funniest sports satirists on the web. They have chronicled the fate of basketball in their own ludicrous and iconoclastic way since 2002.

NBA-Wide: Hardwood Paroxysm discusses the wide expanse of the NBA, providing insight, analysis, humor, and perspective on everything in the Association. It was founded by Matt Moore and Matthew Cornelius.

NBA-Wide: The Painted Area celebrates basketball in all its forms, with a focus on league-wide analysis of the NBA as well as in-depth coverage of major FIBA international competitions. It is run by the team of M. Haubs and Jay Aych.

By Henry Abbott, rewritten by Foreigner in CS - Jan 20 2008 7:00PM