Welcome! My name is Eric. I started this site during the infamous pandemic of 2020 when I was given the gift of free time, launching the site at the start of the 2021 NBA season. This was my thinking and motivation:
There is so much content these days constantly flooding the eyes and ear of basketball fans that daily consumption of news and rumors has become too time consuming and can even leave some of us feeling tense, knowing we may miss something important. God forbid you are away from your phone or computer and have to focus on real-life responsibilities like school, family, work, kids, significant others, or pets, you’ve most likely missed four podcasts, seven articles, box scores, highlights, memes, rumors, and a ton of great tweets. 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) big sites with such a huge array of content that its hard to keep tabs on what they provide and where to find it within the site. In the end, whether the site is big or small, we usually come to realize they don’t have the content mix that we were looking for in the first place, making us have to start bookmarking lots of sites and pages, or hoping we remember.
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 aesthetically-pleasing 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:
- Highlight top-shelf specialty sites that have built tools which border on perfection for NBA fan enjoyment (such as Tankathon and Fanspo) so I’ve added those sites front and center (sidebar actually!), along with a few others, for easy access so you can quickly reference the best news, rumors, salary cap rules, create trades, mock drafts, or analyze stats and rosters/salaries.
- Hoops Distillery X, my own hand-crafted custom list on Twitter which can be followed 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 at home or at school, and feel confident that you’ll never miss a thing.
- Blog content highlighting analysis from others that can’t be missed along with additional commentary for added perspective. I’ll also sprinkle in some posts which feature my own 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 now live 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 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 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 my site editors and strategists, Ben White, Steve Theo, and our spiritual leader, The Reverend Chuck South.
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