Meet The Hoops Rumors Writing Team

May 1 2012 at 8:45am CDT By Luke Adams

Hoops Rumors currently features a team of six writers to bring you the latest NBA news, rumors, and analysis. Let’s meet the team:

Chuck Myron is the lead writer for Hoops Rumors, and he was probably the only kid in the mountains of Tennessee who kept a copy of the NBA Guide by his bedside every night. That inevitably led to a sports writing career that took him from small daily newspapers in the Appalachians to Fort Myers, Florida, where he gained notoriety for doing journalism out of his car.  Chuck now resides in Naples, Florida, and co-authored “Hits and Misses in the Baseball Draft: What the Top Picks Teach Us About Selecting Tomorrow’s Major League Stars,” released in early 2014 by McFarland & Company.  He has served as an editor for books on Andre DawsonShane Victorino and Dallas Green, and he enjoys the immediacy of Internet writing as well, as his work has appeared on sites like Deadspin and Media Bistro. Chuck’s first love will always be NBA basketball, and he patiently awaits the day he’ll report that another product of East Tennessee State University, his alma mater, has made it to the Association. Where have you gone, Keith “Mister” Jennings?

Charlie Adams has been a member of the Hoops Rumors writing team since November 2013. Born and raised in Minnesota, Charlie grew up a fan of the Timberwolves, Twins, and Vikings. In his lifetime, only the Twins have managed to win a championship, but unfortunately for Charlie, he doesn’t remember any of it since he was only six months old when it happened. Despite his favorite clubs’ consistent lack of success, he’ll always maintain that “next year is the year.” Charlie attends the University of Minnesota-Duluth and is in his final year en route to obtaining a degree in Management Information Systems. His spare time is spent loudly playing guitar, participating in fantasy sports leagues of all types, and dreaming that someday he’ll figure out a way to make a living off either of the aforementioned. His brother Steve is the full-time writer and editor for MLBTradeRumors.com, so you can imagine that their relatives might get a tiny bit tired of hearing sports banter at family gatherings (not that there’s any way of stopping them). Follow Charlie on Twitter: @charlieadamsyes.

Cray Allred manages grants for an association of non-profits, and works as a freelance writer and podcast producer. He spends the rest of the time feeling undeserving of his beautiful wife and daughters, being loved and fed at his church, and vicariously balling via an over-consumption of hoops and hip hop.

Alex Lee is a part-time contributor to Hoops Rumors.  He is the Maryland Terrapins beat writer for Rivals.com and regularly contributes to a handful of publications around the country, including The Baltimore Sun, USA Today and the 13 websites operated by Advance Digital. Now living in Baltimore, Alex previously worked in Philadelphia for the Daily News and The Inquirer and covered the Wings for NLL.com. Alex graduated from Gettysburg College as a business major and obtained a Master of Journalism degree from Temple University.  His claim to fame is being mentioned in two LeBron James biographies – one by accident, one on purpose, but neither because he himself was ever all that good at basketball (Google it).  His highlights as a fan include going to a party at Shaq’s house on Miami’s Star Island and gallivanting around Atlantic City as an excited high schooler after the 76ers beat the Lakers in Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals.  Follow him on Twitter: @leeal02.

Zach Links is a staff writer for Hoops Rumors.  In addition to serving as a staff writer for MLB Trade Rumors, he is also a play-by-play announcer and freelance sports writer.  Zach has spent years covering the NBA in various capacities, most recently as a part of the production team for Nets broadcasts on the YES Network.  At WRSU-FM he called some of the biggest games in Rutgers sports, including the Scarlet Knights’ 2006 victory over Louisville, a college football classic.  He has also worked in the newsrooms of CSTV, WNBC-NY, ESPN Radio, and WFAN.  Learn more about Zach here and follow him on Twitter: @ZachLinks.

Ryan Raroque is a part-time contributor for Hoops Rumors. A graduate of the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Human Biology, he uses his love for basketball as one way of balancing a life intertwined by physics, chemistry, and biology. Ryan’s passion for the game has been crafted through a multitude of experiences: being an avid Knicks fan among the waves of purple and gold in Los Angeles, engaging in years of thought-provoking debate as a member of Alan Hahn’s “The Knicks Fix” blog and NYKFanPage, learning principles from the sidelines as the 12th man on the Crespi High School basketball team, and coaching at the youth level. His greatest play comes from the final game of his freshman season, when he hit a buzzer-beating three to reduce the margin of loss from 17 to 14 against an undefeated team right before being carried off the home court by his teammates (a la Notre Dame’s “Rudy” Ruettiger). Ryan credits the philosophies of John Wooden and Walt Frazier as some of the most formative basketball influences on his writing and analysis.

Eddie Scarito is a part-time contributor for Hoops Rumors. Eddie is the Managing Editor for ThisIsInfamous.com, an entertainment website.  A former member of the U.S. Navy, and Desert Storm Veteran, he has traveled the world and wound up in Florida, where he got his degree from Edison State College. When he’s not reviewing films or opining on the state of the entertainment world, he’s watching basketball and griping about the state of his beloved Knicks. Originally from New York, and now residing in Florida, Eddie was less than a year old when the Knicks last raised a championship banner, and he doesn’t count that as winning one during his lifetime. He still has nightmares in which John Starks won’t stop shooting and Charles Smith can’t make a layup. Eddie has tried his best to fix the team, but there’s only so much he can do via NBA 2K14, although his virtual franchise is going for a three-peat, as he’s proud to announce.

Luke Adams is the former full-time writer and editor for Hoops Rumors and is now an occasional contributor to the site, as well as the full-time writer and editor of Pro Football Rumors. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Luke currently resides in Toronto, Ontario. He began writing for MLB Trade Rumors in September 2009, contributing hundreds of posts to MLBTR over the next two-plus years before moving over to Hoops Rumors in January 2012. Luke’s NBA fandom began in earnest in 1995, around the time Damon Stoudamire became the first draft pick to wear the expansion Toronto Raptors’ truly awful jersey.

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