On the future of D-League Digest

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Updated: May 1, 2017
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Two years ago I was blessed with the opportunity to take over the reigns of D-League Digest courtesy of former Editor Gino Pilato. It has been a fun and challenging two seasons as I’ve learned more about the NBA, its inner workings, as well as myself as a journalist and a writer along the way.

It’s my fourth year covering the league in general, and through the hundreds of interviews conducted, articles written, podcasts published and videos edited I’ve felt completely grateful for each new opportunity that has presented itself along the way.

As coverage slows down during the off-season, I will take the opportunity to reflect and decide what the next move will be for D-League Digest.

If you are reading this, I am sure you are aware of the league’s pending name change for the 2017-18 season, thus the “D-League” moniker is no longer viable. This means several things, but namely, what to do about this website that has delivered countless articles and information about the NBA’s minor league for over a half-decade?

This will be a great time to reflect and figure out that next move. I had written previously that a re-branding was not likely, and I’m hesitant to go that route, but it will most certainly be necessary at this point to survive and succeed in an ever-changing basketball blogging world.

There are some ideas being kicked around with what to do moving forward, but nothing has been finalized at this point.

That being said, D-League content will likely be virtually non-existent here for the time being as I continue to determine that next move.

For those that don’t know, I’m a father to two awesome boys, ages four and two. I’ve found myself with less and less time to really run and operate this site at the standard I can be proud of (for the right reasons of course). My children are very important to me and are, rightfully, a priority. My hope is that I can find a solution with perhaps less content overall, but more engaging and thought-provoking articles at the same time.

I was proud this past season when we published our 1,000th piece of content. It speaks volumes to the longevity of the website as well as the incredible amount of information about the NBADL provided here.

Again, I’d like to thank Gino for this opportunity as well as all the previous editors along the way (Steve Weinman, Matt Hubert) for building up this site into the respectable source of information it has come to be well known for. I certainly hope I did each of you justice during my span at the helm.

I also want to thank the current staff (Brian Rzeppa, Jake Schwartz, Ruskin Howard, John Bauman) as they have been patient with me throughout this process. I hope you enjoyed working with me as I did the same with you.

So, what’s next? I don’t know, but that in of itself is fairly exciting, the unknown. I’m hoping to have a decision sooner rather than later, but there’s no real timetable for this sort of thing.

I’d be lying if I said the ESPN layoffs weren’t a wake-up call. Sure, the world isn’t clamoring for D-League coverage, but in the grand scheme of things it means the world of sports journalism is changing and with the site possibly changing direction it also means it’s a great opportunity to adapt with those changes.

If you have ever learned something about the D-League from something published here, thank you, it makes it all worthwhile. If you even enjoyed something may have written, I’m grateful, it means a lot to me.

I’ll still be around, and try to answer any D-League questions you may have. Send me your questions through Twitter @AdamJ_NBAGL and I’ll do my best to give you the information you need.

Sincerely,
Adam J.

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