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.
Sonny Vaccaro, the grassroots sneaker guru who signed Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant to multi-million dollar shoe deals, expects to make a decision about his future plans within weeks.
“I have had discussions with two of the companies,” Vaccaro, 71, said Monday by phone from California. “I have one more left and then a decision will be made. Pam and I see it happening no later than the middle of November.”
Vaccaro declined to name the companies with whom he has met, but sources said one is Chinese apparel manufacturer Li Ning.As we reported last month, Vaccaro is eying a comeback in which he would become involved in sponsoring and promoting spring and summer AAU basketball.
“It’s definitely for the spring,” he said. ” Something would be done for summer ball.”
The comeback could include the restoration of the famous ABCD Camp in Hackensack, N.J. that has featured Bryant, LeBron James, Tracy McGrady, O.J. Mayo, Sebastian Telfair and Lance Stephenson.
“Would I like to do it?” Vaccaro said of his potential comeback. “Yes. Can it be done? Maybe.”
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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.