I remember meeting Matt Cerrone in spring of 2008 and mentioning if there were an opportunity to do a Knicks site on SNY I’d love the opportunity. I was working at Time Inc. at the time in the marketing department and I figured I’d give the blog a shot to see what we could do. I thought I’d do it for a year, tops. Five and a half years later, during which many things have happened, personally, my wedding and the birth of my son, the Decision, the Donnie Walsh Era, the Carmelo Anthony trade, over 8 million page views and over several hundred thousand unique visitors…it’s time to move on.
I’m thankful for the support of Matt and the team at SNY including Jeff Goldman, Jay Potere and crew whose professionalism has allowed us to create top quality looking and sounding content. I’m thankful to Brad Como and Jeane Willis for allowing me on the network to voice my opinion and reports. I’m also thankful to Brandon Tierney for his words of wisdom and for introducing me to the world’s biggest fan the one and only Anthony Donahue.
I’m thankful to Andrew Smith, who was my right hand man from jump, and Myles Mills, Chris Alvino, Ben Kopelman, Steve Conoscenti and most recently Andrew Vazzano and Matt Falkenbury . But it’s the original team that held it down day in and day out strictly because of the love of the Knicks and the love of the site and helped put us on the map and build the TKB foundation.
I’ve been very fortunate to meet great friends for life through all this and I’m thankful for the efforts of Moke Hamilton, Dalen Cuff and Brian Geltzeiler for their passion and energy week in and week out with the podcast.
I’m thankful to the loyal commenters down below who have been here everyday during this time period who have shared their passion. Most of you guys think I care that you take shots at me. The truth is I’ve loved every minute of it and knowing that we here generated that much of a response and reaction always gave me chills. Having an impact in this town is really hard to do.
I’m thankful to the other 95% of you visitors who don’t comment but who stop by here every day to say hello and check in to see our thoughts on the latest Knicks news. I’ve tried to be here every day since 2008 and with growing family and a rapidly growing business there isn’t enough time in the day to dedicate the passion and energy I once did. It wouldn’t be right to get paid for a hobby that I can’t be totally focused on day in and day out.
I founded this platform with the idea that we’d battle the beat writers for reports and we’d add a unique point of view on the basketball side thus giving you a true one-stop-shop for Knicks information. We’ve broken stories, been credentialed and been given the opportunity to express our on court opinion and for all of these things I’m incredibly proud. In 2008 all the Knicks news was a conglomeration of negative pieces about how dreadful the organization is. I’ve always been the optimist and I feel like that message needed to be conveyed and has been.
I will do something basketball related soon and I’ll still be tweeting Knicks, you just won’t see me here after August 1st. It’s time to focus more on other aspects of my life that far more important. It’s been a great run…
THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART AND GO KNICKS!