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 – So after the NBA Draft I ended up with some of my colleagues at Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club, the official host of the draft afterparty.
There was a mad scene out front with a ton of people trying to get in, but our boy Tommy Dee of The Knicks Blog arranged for a few of us to get past the barricades.
I wanted to go to see what it was all about, and, let’s face it, how often do you get a chance to do something like that?
Once inside, it was quite a spectacle. The bass was so loud you could barely hear the person next to you talk.
There were a ton of young ladies dressed up for a night on the town and trying to catch a look at the newest multi-millionaires. One chick had a (fake?) white fur around her neck. Now is that really necessary in late June?…I saw former Knicks star John Starks...James Harden out of Arizona State, the No. 3 overall pick by Oklahoma City, was in the house but nobody seemed to recognize him…Tyreke Evans, who went at No. 4 to Sacramento, arrived looking sharp in a suit and drew a crowd….Knicks pick Jordan Hill was not in the house (at least when I was there), but we hear he’ll be at CitiField for tonight’s Yankees-Mets interleague game.
I wish these guys luck, but I can see how being a young multi-millionaire with the world at your fingertips can present various troubles. You need to have a good head on your shoulders and some good people looking out for your back.
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.