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 — For nearly a decade after Mark Bavaro penned his first novel, Rough and Tumble the manuscript sat in the basement of his Boxford, Mass., home. It appeared destined to be read by no one other than Bavaro’s family members.
Periodically, the former NFL tight end who helped the Giants win Super Bowl titles after the 1986 and ’90 seasons would send out letters of inquiry attempting to get the book published.
“I got some initial interest, [but] once they found out it was a novel, they said, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,'” Bavaro, 45, said Tuesday at the Sports Museum of America in Lower Manhattan. “It got frustrating as far as not being able to get the manuscript in the correct shape that I wanted it to be for people to take an interest in.”
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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.