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.
Here is Episode One of SHOWTIME Sports’ digital documentary Legacy: Bob Hurley. SHOWTIME will release six weekly installments on SHO.com and the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel (@shosports) beginning today.
Much of the storyline focuses on the financial crisis that threatens to shudder St. Anthony’s doors after this season. Hurley, the Naismith Hall of Famer, said Friday on the Boomer & Carton Show that the school needs about half a million dollars by June 30 to remain open next season — when the legendary coach will be 70.
“We’ve raised over $1 million so I would say right now, between now and June 30, we need to raise about $550,000 and I think that number is a number we can reach,” Hurley said.
It’s interesting to compare St. Anthony’s and The Patrick School, two longtime rivals who could potentially meet for the last time ever this year in the Non-Public B state title game on March 11.
St. Patrick’s closed after the 2011-12 season due to financial reasons, and ultimately re-opened as The Patrick School. You can learn more about that in our documentary, The Patrick School: TOC or Bust.
While The Patrick School is supported financially in part by NBA players Kyrie Irving and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, St. Anthony’s doesn’t have as many successful pros who can help underwrite the school.
“We haven’t had the LeBron James, we haven’t had anybody who’s been in the league for a long time,” Hurley said Friday. “Nobody has reached All-Star status or anything like that.”
In the fall, he mentioned that if St. Anthony’s closed in its current form, it might have to reorganize along the lines of The Patrick School.Follow Adam Zagoria on TwitterAnd like ZAGS on Facebook
Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
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.