About

The PROBLEM:

There is so much content these days constantly flooding the eyes and ear holes of basketball fans that daily consumption is too time consuming and can even leave some of us feeling tense, knowing we could miss something important. God forbid you have to travel, get sick, or have to focus on real-life responsibilities like family, work, kids, school, jobs on a given day, you’ve already missed 5 podcasts, 7 articles, box scores, highlights, memes, rumors, and a ton of tweets most likely. This is not a good feeling for us hardcore NBA fans that like to stay informed year round.

I also have found that some of the more well-known sites are either (1) super specialized (i.e. team specific blogs) or (2) sites with such a huge array of pages and content that its hard to keep track of what they provide and where to find it. And then when you do figure those things out, a lot of the times, you realize the site doesn’t actually have the content mix wasn’t that you were looking for in the first place.

The CONCEPT:

I wanted to create a basketball site that would ‘distill’ the best of everything I hear, see, find, research, or think of and then share only the tastiest content and tools in one pretty place to eliminate the daily fatigue that comes with needing to check on multiple sites and apps each day just to determine what was posted or updated. I will serve this up to all of you in 3 ways:

  1. Highlight top shelf specialty sites that have built tools which border on perfection for NBA fan enjoyment such as Tankathon and TradeNBA, so I’ve added those sites front and center (sidebar actually!), along with a few others, for easy access as you reference info/rules, or create trades, mock drafts, or analyze stats or rosters.
  2. Hoops Distillery X, my own hand-crafted custom list which can be followed on Twitter or enjoyed directly through the site (either on the sidebar of The Distillery or full screen by utilizing the HDX View page) which I will consistently update and refine, as needed, to provide a broad selection of the best content out there across the NBA, college/high school/international prospects, the draft, rumors, salary cap/roster management, front office/coaching movement, G League, sneakers/fashion, NBA history, advanced stats and analytics, etc. Leave this page up in the background as you do your work or school and feel confident that you’ll never miss a thing.
  3. Blog content highlighting analysis from others that can’t be missed along with additional commentary for added perspective, as well as posts which feature my original content if I feel I have a unique slant on a particular topic. Categories will include trade talks, roster analysis, NBA draft, analytics, basketball cards, and more.

SUPPORTING THE FUTURE:
The Hoops Distillery store is live now with plenty of high quality gear via our friends at Threadless.com – because you know I have to merchandise after all of this hard work distilling for the people. More importantly, I want to give back and to do so, I will be donating 100% of profits from the HD store to the following two charities who support youth development through sports:

PeacePlayers:

PeacePlayers International is a global movement of youth leaders using basketball to create a more peaceful and equitable world. Through a combination of bridge building, leadership training, peace education and professional development, our programs produce inspired and capable peace advocates with the skills, network and motivation to influence social change.

Since 2001, PeacePlayers has been working in some of the toughest regions of the world using the simple yet powerful premise that “children who play together can learn to live together.” The movement began in South Africa, with locations in Northern Ireland, the Middle East and Cyprus opening soon after. 20 years later, PeacePlayers has expanded to include 5 Cities in the United States and has directly reached more than 80,000 young people across the world.

Rise Up & Care:

Rise Up & Care identifies and builds personal relationships with leaders of successful, passionate, and innovative non-profits in developing communities around the globe with at least five years and preferably ten years of success. Their partners use high-level performance training to provide a ladder of inspiration, teamwork, identity and opportunity for success that can transform the lives of young people.

Please read more about these two great charities and consider donating too!


SPECIAL THANKS to the guidance and support of site editors/strategists, Ben White and Steve Theo, as well as spiritual leader, Reverend Chuck South.

For questions, comments, recommendations or invitations to cohost your podcast, email me at:
hoopsdistillery@gmail.com