Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NEW YORK – When Kenny Jones first appeared at practice at Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn last month, he was overcome with emotion.
“When I first walked back in the gym, they all stopped practicing and ran over to me,” Jones recalled. “All the guys on the team, even some of the new guys who I never really met, told me how happy they were that I was back. I was overwhelmed by that. This whole ordeal has been pretty emotional to me.”
Both Jones and former Jefferson assistant Tyrone Davis were shot in separate incidents in October. Davis, 52, lost his life, while Jones, 48, spent “three long, grueling” months in the hospital rehabilitating.
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Speaking of Jefferson, head coach Lawrence Pollard said senior guard Keith Spellman “should be good to go” for the team’s PSAL playoff opener March 3. Spellman missed Sunday’s borough championship game against Lance Stephenson and Lincoln with a back ailment but has since seen a chiropractor in Queens.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.