Kirschner: Goodbye to Atlanta, a place where I grew as a reporter and a person
when i first moved to atlanta hawks‘ To interview Justin Anderson at the 2018 off-season practice feature, I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t even know how I got to the job.
I remember saying the same thing to Anderson, who had recently been traded to the Hawks: I didn’t know what I was doing. Thankfully, Anderson is one of the best nba Couldn’t have had more patience and understanding that I was figuring out how to do everything on the fly.
The Story I Wrote on Business to Anderson and Atlanta That was the first basketball story I ever wrote. Before covering the Hawks, I was writing about University of Alabama high school football recruiting, and now here I am, covering the NBA. I have to first thank our Bay Area columnist Marcus Thompson II. Without him, I don’t know where I would have been. The day I was fired from my previous job, Marcus, who I didn’t know personally, told me athletic Was hiring journalists in Atlanta, and he recommended me. Several interviews later, I was covering Hawks and Georgia Tech.
This is my final story as a Hawks Beat reporter and my final week as an Atlanta resident. From next week I’m joining Lindsey Adler to cover the Yankees For athletic,
I grew up in the Bronx, but Atlanta has been my home for the past eight years, and I’m really going to miss this place. I first fell in love with the city as an intern for 680 The Fan during my junior year in college, and I knew this was where I wanted to be. I am glad that I got to experience many major life events here.
I’m really going to miss covering the Hawks. There could not have been better people inside this organization. With Tony Resler at the top all the way to the game-day operations staff working for the State Farm Arena whom I always used to hit the court before a game. Work is always so much better when the person you interact with is a quality human being. The public relations staff of Garin Narain, John Steinberg, Jelani Downing, Billy Hartman and Holden Sawyer were incredible to deal with on a daily basis. They always made my life as easy as possible, even though they sometimes couldn’t do interviews.
All the front-office officers in the Hawks were also always great to deal with. A special shout out to Steve Koonin, Travis Schlenk, Landry Fields, Rod Higgins, and the countless others I’ve chatted with.
I feel like I started covering the Hawks at the right time for a young reporter who had no experience covering the NBA because the franchise was just beginning its rebuilding process. This allowed me to meet an almost entirely new roster of players every season for my first few years. Kent Bezmore, Jeremy Lin and Vince Carter taught me a lot in my first year. I cannot thank them enough. alex laneDeandre’ Bembri and Taurean Prince Was always kind and considerate with his time. Evan Turner and dwayne deadmon Laughed at me constantly.
watching Trey Young, john collins And Kevin Huerter Developing and establishing myself in the league has been the best part of this job. I had a front row seat from the start, and watching each of them have their moment on the biggest stage in the 2021 playoffs was something I’ll never forget. I can’t wait to see each of them grow from afar.
I will miss the honesty of both Bogdan Bogdanovich And clint capella, They are two of my favorite people I’ve ever interacted with in this business. Even when I had to criticize him at times, he always understood where I was coming from. In this job, you are never going to please 100 percent of the people who come before you. It’s a hard lesson to understand as a young reporter, but the older I got, the more I realized how respected all the best journalists are for running with the truth, even when it hurts people. Or not.
I have to mention Lloyd Pierce and Nate McMillan, two people I’ve talked to just about everyone in my life for the past four years. Coaches talk almost every single day from training camp to the end of the session. It’s a lot to endure, especially when things aren’t going well or a game is lost. I’ve always approached this job with the understanding that sometimes tough questions need to be asked, and I know it’s not always easy to answer them publicly, so I keep my countless questions. Pierce and Macmillan for
And I can’t forget about Hawks fans. What a passionate group you all are. Once I was hired, you all subscribed to read about a team that clearly wasn’t going to win many games for a while. When I was asked if I wanted to focus solely on Hawks within a few months at the job, the answer was simple. Don’t let anyone tell you that Hawks fans don’t care about their team; It couldn’t be more false.
The conversations I have with all of you online and those I have met in the arena have always meant a lot because you all believed in me and my work. I will miss you all. 1 goal was to provide you all with information and insights about your favorite team that you couldn’t find anywhere else, and I know I’ve got it done.
I’ll leave you with this: I hope the past four years have made you feel something. If you get that reference, thank you for following up with me for so long.
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