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.
At Fordham, Building Team Bonding Through Boat Rides, Paintball And, Yes, The Metropolitan Opera
By ADAM ZAGORIA
If Chuba Ohams had followed his gut reaction and transferred from Fordham University last spring in the wake of a coaching change, it’s possible he never would have gone to the opera.
But after a talk last spring with new men’s basketball coach Kyle Neptune, Ohams was convinced that Neptune was interested in bonding with him and helping him develop not just as a basketball player but as a man. One experience at a time.
And so it was that Ohams came to find himself on a recent sunny Friday afternoon stuffing his 6-foot-8 frame into a cushioned seat in Row D of one of the balconies of the Metropolitan Opera for a dress rehearsal of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones, which officially opened Sept. 27 after the Met had been closed for 18 months due to the pandemic and is the first opera featuring a Black composer in the 138-year history of the famed opera house. It’s a good thing nobody was seated in the chair in front of Ohams because he was able to stretch out and get some much needed extra leg room.
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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.