I’m Hiring! Join Me

Hey! A few people have reached out about possible “positions” with ScoutWithBryan, and I’m excited to say I’m open to bringing on some help. Here’s the deal: all of these positions are just volunteer. They’ll hopefully take you no more than 1-3 hours per week. Obviously you are the one volunteering your time and I can’t ask for any more than you’re capable of providing! If you’re interested in any of these listed positions, please DM me on Twitter or find my email on the home page here. Obviously some of them will be more competitive than others and a certain position will obviously go to the most qualified candidate. Additionally, I always give preference to my Patrons. You can see my last blog for info about why I ask people to support on Patreon, and you can go to Patreon.com/ScoutWithBryan to sign up for even $1/month. My Patrons have the most direct line of communication to me - a private Twitter DM group, Private periscopes, message boards on Patreon itself. Whether you are chosen or not, the best way to support me is with a really small monthly contribution on there, and I really appreciate your consideration! Here’s what’s available:


Obviously will be the most coveted likely. For this position, SYNERGY is a must (or another basketball video procurement tool that you believe to be similar). FastModel and/or SportsCode are huge pluses. Would help me with my FaveFive series of top plays for every team in the league, other random video requests. Must have working knowledge of NBA and X’s and O’s terminology, or at the very least a strong ability to spot patterns in plays & recognize the differences in sets.

The last person I had working with me on this (Ryan Nguyen) got scooped up during last season for an NBA internship. So the pitch to you is: yes, this is volunteer. But it can be a great opportunity to expand your skillset, learn the game more intricately, and gain exposure to the hundreds of NBA accounts, burner accounts, NBA media, etc that follow me. And I will always do what I can to promote you as well and help you out when I can.


Particularly, I am looking for anyone highly skilled with the following platforms:

  • Twitch

  • Discord

  • Any “chat room” type apps

  • Facebook (business pages)

  • YouTube (algorithm)

  • Periscope

  • Patreon

Graphic design skills are also a huge plus for designing material for Insta, Twitter, YouTube, etc. If you consider yourself highly skilled with any or multiple of these mediums, or consider yourself an excellent marketer able to help with paywalling content, converting people to paid subscribers, increasing brand awareness and marketing, etc., please reach out.


Looking for 1-2 people available a couple hours a week for certain analytics ideas, information requests, etc. Synergy is a plus. Good knowledge of stats.nba.com appreciated. Any others (Second spectrum, CTG, etc) great. May include other random research requests.

On weeks without many pressing analytics questions this may occasionally include some help with the PR side, finding podcast guests, scheduling appearances, etc.

As mentioned - since this is a “start up” type venture all of these are volunteer, 1-3 hour weekly commitments for now. Of course my goal will be to help you learn and also give you valuable experience, the chance to publicize yourself where possible, free reign to take on a big role on the ground floor and have the freedom to play around and try new things, and hopefully help you find something with a team or whatever field you’re interested in. And once again: I understand how tight everyone’s budget is. But if you’ve enjoyed my NBA Lists, YouTube videos, articles, podcasts, Reddit AMAs, radio appearances, twitter threads, insider info, etc.: even joining the “Twitter Team” group on Patreon would mean the world to me.

Thanks for your consideration and look forward to hearing from you!

My Vision for ScoutWithBryan

With the NBA season now over, I’d like to reflect on a few things and talk about where I want to take ScoutWithBryan in the future. If you’ve followed me for a decent amount of the season and really appreciated my content, please give this a few minutes of your time.

If you’re new to my content, check out my Youtube channel or explore my website that is updated with videos, podcasts, articles, etc.

TLDR: I want to build ScoutWithBryan into a go-to platform for in-depth basketball analysis, but I need your help! The best way you can help is by supporting me on Patreon and by sharing my content with your friends, family, and anyone else who wants high-quality basketball analysis.

I started ScoutWithBryan because I felt like there is a lack of nuanced, nitty-gritty basketball coverage on the web today. Lots of the popular commentators dumb things down for the public and focus on click-baity headlines, but the analysis was lacking. As someone who worked in the NBA for 7 years and spent time in the locker room and as part of a coaching staff, I found myself disagreeing with a lot of the “popular” talking points.

I had a feeling that lots of people wanted something more in-depth than they could currently find online. So, I decided to put some in-depth video breakdowns on Youtube to see if people like them, and I’ve been blown away by the support. My most popular video has 125K+ views (and counting!).

Basketball is my passion, and I’m truly humbled by the overwhelming positive feedback I’ve received this past season on my videos, podcast appearances, and scouting breakdowns. I want to continue offering high-quality content and would love to pursue this full-time, but in order to do that, I need your help!

This season, I kept all my content publicly available and free. All that content will remain public and free. I’ve tried to be truthful and forthcoming and ‘mom and pop’-like in my approach. I’ve been accessible. I’ve corresponded with a ton of you, had many many chats, answered as many questions as I can, etc.

You may have seen me asking for support on Patreon in the last few months. More than 120 of you have awesomely shown your support, which I appreciate tremendously. But the fact is as I’ve detailed before that putting out this content is a full time job for me, and especially without health insurance or anything, I need to find a way to make a sustainable income off it. I love Patreon because it lets my supporters chip in with a low monthly amount, and get something extra back from me in return. I recently restructured my tiers on Patreon (if you are currently a patron, your existing plan is in place and your monthly payment has not changed) . You can click here to see them detailed - I have $2, $5, and $10 tiers, each of which get special unique benefits. I also created a $1 tier now where you can contribute just to say thanks.

I have ten million more ideas I’d like to get to as well: doing a Podcast with interviews from coaches and players I’ve intersected with. More analytics-based content. Videos on every elite player in the game. Exploring Twitch and Discord. We’re just getting started.

By supporting me on Patreon, you can help me get there! Here are some of the other benefits to becoming a Patron:

  1. Early access to videos and other premium content

  2. An opportunity to vote on future topics for me to explore

  3. 1 on 1 chats with me

  4. Joining a community of like-minded basketball fans

  5. Periscope chats with me during live sporting events, playoff games, the Draft, etc.

I’ve also heard feedback from those of you who regularly watch my youtube videos that you want me to upgrade my audio equipment. Once I cross 300 patrons, I am committed to upgrading my audio equipment with a high-quality microphone and other equipment. I also pledge to launch a podcast with exciting interviews with NBA coaches, players, celebrities, media, etc. Please help me do that by subscribing today. You can see the goal-tracker on my Patreon homepage to see how close we are. Right now, I’m at 122 patreons. I would love to hit 300, or more, by the end of the summer!

Thank you all for reading and for supporting me thus far. Together, we can build a community of basketball fans who won’t settle for clickbait, talking head garbage, and narratives. I really appreciate your support.

Any questions? Why can’t ads pay for it? Is Patreon reliable? Feel free to DM me on Twitter.

- Bryan

Please Allow Me to Re-Introduce Myself



Great question! Let’s try and dive into some of that…


Not really. Since the beginning of this NBA season, I’ve been putting out NBA-level film breakdowns and insights for free - here, YouTube, Twitter, etc. After burning through my own savings doing so for 6 months, I discovered a business plan that I think makes the most sense: Patreon. Patreon lets you subscribe to content creators for as low as $1/month, eliminating the need to churn out clickbait/ master YouTube algorithms/ etc. 

I’ve DMd followers of mine to let them know I’d really appreciate their support on Patreon, & TREMENDOUSLY appreciate the 115 or so people who do support currently.

There were a couple people who were big followers of mine from the start. I interacted with them plenty, answered all their basketball/coaching questions, etc. When I DM’d them asking for support, they ignored it. I don’t particularly like people who will take advantage of you & love your stuff but refuse to even RESPOND about support. Tell me you’re a college kid struggling to pay the bills. Tell me not now but maybe later. But don’t just ignore it. When I noticed that they not only wouldn’t respond but also were trolling me (writing obnoxious things, RT’d disrespectful things about me, etc), I decided I was done letting them enjoy my stuff for free. I DMd maybe 2-3 people who had gotten on my nerves, telling them that their time following me for free was up: they could choose to support for $1/month if they wanted to keep following. 

Of course, they chose to get their 10 seconds of fame by exposing the DM’s. Cool. They don’t get to follow me anymore. As far as the DMing: is it the best look in the world? No, but I don’t think I committed a terrible crime here either. I’m about loyalty. Be good to me and I’ll be good to you. Twitter is free, but I didn’t sign any contract with Twitter saying I’m going to put out high-level in-game film breakdowns available to the world for free forever. I have to pay the bills like anyone. For now, my stuff is free, and if this is your first exposure to it, know that you will get to enjoy it for free in peace. Besides: the Twitter ‘rulebook’ seems to be made up on the fly. Look how many dudes some of these big personalities follow. You think that had anything to do with how big their followings are? #C’monMan. And I won’t even talk about how many dudes have literally purchased followers. Twitter is content. Newspapers were all free online at one point, and it’s how the whole industry almost ran out of business.


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Gotta love that Twitter’s form of mental health treatment is to inspire literally thousands of trolls to DM me things like “F you”, “c*nt”, other unspeakable things...Seems very not toxic and great social justice! Including the people e-mailing me my home address, family names, etc.

As far as my mental health, let’s touch on that for a second. 

Am I perfect? No. Am I some macho tough guy who doesn’t have problems & thinks I have it all figured out? Absolutely not. I struggle with depression and anxiety just like hundreds of thousands of people in this world. 

Was I fired from the NBA? I was fired once. Leading into this season, I was trying to continue making it work on the Advance Scouting side. But since both my coaches were fired after last season, I was in limbo. I got offered the same by one playoff team...but TOR was changing their scouting under Nick Nurse, MIL I believe did it differently than Bud did In the past...so with one firm offer and a bunch of “maybes”, I decided I wasn’t going to continue to go thru this every offseason and wait around for teams to potentially leave me hanging with nothing. 

Now here’s a part of the story I haven’t ever even told. 

My girlfriend was moving out to LA for a one-year internship. Being at a flexible stage, I moved out with her. Out in LA, I happened to stumble into a coaching opportunity! The owner of an expansion ABA team wanted me to be their head coach. He presented as a normal individual with a 30-year business background. Had the full-backing of the league. And most importantly was willing to step up and commit financially. He gave me a fully-guaranteed contract to be their head coach. 

I worked for him for about a month. I put a whole team together - recruited everyone, held tryouts. Even had an assistant coach candidate fly out cross country - on his own dime - to work the tryouts. Same with some players. Team was ready to go. 

Then 3 days before my first payday, he texts me some nonsense about his bank account being hacked and on hold...little discrepancy after discrepancy in his resume pops up...payday comes and I don’t get paid...days after he still can’t pay me...he basically reveals himself to be a con man. Falsified resume. Non-existent LLCs. Lie after lie. Fake businesses. Fake PhD. Ponzi scheme type stuff. 

Never got paid a dime. Devastated emotionally. Dragged a whole lot of others into it. Sick to my stomach. Wrecked with self-questioning, obviously. Why was I so stupid to believe him? Etc. 

Yes, if you didn’t know, the ABA (Dr. J’s ABA) is around now. It has like hundreds of teams around the country. There’s a few teams supposedly that do very well & do things right, some that even get 10K fans a game. I had done as much research as I could do short of demanding to see the owner’s bank statements. The ABA itself had put out a statement calling him the perfect guy to bring the ABA back to Los Angeles. Despite my own reservations and doubts about the league, his legitimacy, etc. - I had a contract with his signature on it fully guaranteeing my whole first year salary. My family and I thought that was enough to proceed given my trust of him at the time, the chance to be a Head Coach, etc. Coaches, agents, etc. that I trusted urged me to take the opportunity, especially in a big market. The league, I can now confirm, is a joke. Few good teams. Rest are a joke. No accountability. Joke management. Ponzi-scheme structure in itself. Disgraceful, honestly.

Obviously, I didn’t get a dime. California has a system to go after unpaid wages legally and I’m owed thousands of dollars from that. Unfortunately, the government is so backed up they told me that it’ll be years before I even have a HEARING, at which point I won’t be in state anymore and he’ll probably be long gone. Of course I thought about suing - but as you may know even winning the case doesn’t win you any money if the dude is bankrupt. A year of promised financial stability down the drain.

Fast forward a month or so. My car is sitting on a side street in CA parked overnight. I walk out to my car in the morning. Find it damn near totaled. Hit and run. No note, no camera, nothing. 

Thankfully, I have Geico. I explicitly asked Geico before I moved if my MD coverage still applied in CA. They said it did. I was good. Covered for a rental car even over a month. This happened over a month. Cool. All set. 

Despite literally having my rental agreement in their possession for 4 months and accepting it as is, Geico now decides that Fair isn’t a rental company. They kind of fall in the gray area actually - between a rental and ownership. But even though Geico was fully aware of what company I used and accepted it and said I’d be covered, faced with having to actually cover a big expense, conveniently Geico is no longer on my side. They deny coverage. I have to pay $4,000 out of pocket to fix my rental car. 

Everyone deals with sh*t. Thankfully no one died, these are not emergencies, etc. I am grateful. But they were incredibly stressful - emotionally, financially, etc. 

Do they excuse me acting like a jerk at times? No. If I was a jerk to you - I apologize. I’m not perfect, and have certainly made mistakes. I’m sure some of my aggression has stemmed from financial insecurity at times - with 115 people subscribing currently you can do the math and see that it’s clearly not enough to pay the bills, despite me investing basically all of my time into it. I’m hopeful that over time, as more and more junkies see the content and how detailed it is, more will feel they can spare even $1/month and help out. I’ve tried to respond to nearly every DM, every tweet, everything I’ve been involved with over the past 6 months or so - I’m sure I could have handled lots of situations better, and I’m sorry if you felt I was mean to you.

Do I regret DM’ing BucksFilmRoom? No, not really. I told my side of the story. I’m type A, I flew off the handle a bit. But I won’t have a dude who hasn’t done a thing in basketball and has all his clout cuz he named himself BucksFilmRoom cuss @ me after I’ve been nothing but a resource to him. Exposed DM’s never look good. I was told that EXPOSING DM’s was a no-no. I’m sorry you had to see me a little aggressive. That dude deserved everything I said to him.

Are there a couple other DM’s in that BSO piece? Sure. Call me old-fashioned: instead of sub-tweeting someone or screenshotting their tweet so they can’t see it and having a parade, I prefer to let people know what I actually think of them. Yes; I’m aggressive. I like that better than passive-aggressive. I come from a background where you’d get chewed out by incredibly intense head coaches if you made a single mistake. If I have a problem with you, I might tell you how I feel. Personally, I think that’s better than all the passive-aggressive bullshit. If I knew someone was taking shots at me or being outright disrespectful, I occasionally let them know.

What am I trying to do? I’m trying to provide quality basketball analysis. If there’s an outlet that appreciates that and is against clickbait, hot takes, and outright making sh*t up, I’m easy to get a hold of. If there’s not, like I said: I’m not positive what the exact business model is yet, but I have promised that if you subscribe now your price won’t go up any next season.




The worst part of Twitter is that trolls like this will outright lie/misrepresent things you’ve said. And then unfortunately big accounts like DFJ will take it as gospel, RT it to the masses, etc. 

I never said I could beat a WNBA player 1-on-1. I told a story from my days with the Wizards of 5-on-5 pickup games with WNBA backups. I said the games were competitive. That is about all I said. The tweet was crammed into 180 characters, so it accidentally sounded A BIT like I was saying that I could challenge WNBA players to 1-on-1, when what I meant was that I played in 5-on-5 pickup games where I merely didn’t humiliate myself. I quickly clarified and explained what I meant.

The tweet was taken wildly out of context/misrepresented to millions, so about 5 months ago I had to deal with a similar woke twitter mob dm’ing me that I’m the devil and so on. I’ve apologized for the tweet 100 times over. If you are reading this and didn’t see any of my apologies: I’M SORRY. IT WAS A DUMB THING TO SHARE AND TONE DEAF. I HAVE OWNED IT AND I COMPLETELY REGRET SHARING IT. Read my thread, please.

I’ve been done with it for a long time. But it’s literally hysterical to see the game of telephone play out. Even a very popular SI writer hilariously and completely botched what I said in a since-deleted tweet. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read “ohh yeah isn’t that the dude who said he could beat a wnba player? Nah he actually said he could beat ANY player in the WNBA one on one! Nah he really said he’d dunk on Maya Moore!” The tweet has been screenshot plenty if you’d like to go find it. Or, you could take trolls like “AnthonyIrwinLA”s word for it. 


I don’t think everyone hates me. 

I’ll remind you that perception isn’t always reality. 

I’ll remind you that jealousy/fear/self-preservation can always be a motivator. 

I have a theory. Quite simply: I’ve been the guy who hasn’t gone by the “rules” all along. I haven’t been afraid to call out writers for crappy writing. I haven’t cared about going out and networking with bloggers and befriending everybody. I didn’t follow back every blogger initially. I didn’t play nice with the guys who consider themselves the “gatekeepers” of NBATwitter.

Many of these bloggers/writers seem to operate under an “old boys code”. We don’t take shots at each other. Bashing coaches or players until the end of time? Perfectly acceptable! Fire everyone? Yes please! Russ choked, Dame choked. KD is soft. HOT TAKES! Nothing is ever good enough!

Criticize a writer who doesn’t have the basketball X’s and O’s knowledge of a 3rd grade coach for criticizing Jim Boylen’s “antiquated” schemes with absurdly biased, narrative-based coverage? HOW DARE YOU? 

Call out HewlettPackardBasketball for using INDIVIDUAL QUARTER PLUS/MINUS to diss DeMar DeRozan? Blocked. Literally. I. Got. Blocked. By. Matt. Moore. For. Tweeting. “Stop. Using. Individual. Quarter. Plus. Minus. It’s. A joke.” Blocked. Literally. For that. And people get mad at Russ for saying “next question” to one reporter he doesn’t like.

Criticize the love-affair with BBALLBREAKDOWN (who has the audacity to call me a clown) - self-proclaimed “Coach Nick” who has his following because he’s a good marketer? Seriously. Go look how many writers/sites follow him and engage his stuff. Because he has a cool logo, a handle with basketball in it, & figured out the YouTube algorithm before anybody. Meanwhile, he literally believes PLAYERS SHOULD NOT DIVE ON THE FLOOR FOR LOOSE BALLS, among many other cockamamie basketball theories. He also suggested Tom Izzo and coaches like him should go extinct because he - basically - yelled at a player. Coming from a short-lived high school (JV?) coach. Meanwhile, you can read the comments to this article about ‘Coach Nick’ and his firing and judge for yourself. Whether it was racism or just bad coaching - I don’t know for sure - but I do know that it’s laughable that he’s considered an authority figure on Twitter because of his following and because he plays nice with others. I do know that he has been the butt of many jokes in the NBA. I do know that I personally witnessed him conduct some of the most cringe-worthy interviews I’ve ever seen at NBA Summer League, trying to get players to repeat his signature “YOU IN?” slogan. I do know that there are thousands of middle school coaches on here who know more about basketball than ‘Coach Nick’. THIS is the dude we give the presumption of expertise to, because he has the big following and BBALLBREAKDOWN name?

Let’s face it. There are a lot of clowns on NBATwitter. When I was in the NBA, I followed Woj. Zach Lowe. Steve Jones. Kurt Helin. The beat reporters and people who do a great job - Ian Begley, Jeff Zilgitt, Sam Amick, etc.  

Only when I got on here “full-time” did I realize there are a ton of clowns like Duncan Smith, Josh Eberley, DamanR (?), who have their “clout” because they got a blue check. Because they were propped up by the Nations, the ClutchPoints, the BBallIndexes and FanSideds. Because they think they’re high-and-mighty and beyond reproach because they can put you on blast to their 10K or even 100K followers, and you can’t.

THESE are the companies who really control discourse on NBATwitter. Companies who have made fortunes off exploiting unpaid college students. Companies who literally care more about clicks than truth. Companies whose versions of an ombudsman are as competent as the Jack in the Box mascot. Companies who literally told me my stuff is too nuanced for their core - that their core audience is more “dumbed down,” clickbait crap. And that my X’s and O’s stuff is not scalable & not mainstream. 

These guys have the clout, and it’s a fraternity. Duncan Smith screenshots something completely out of context. Zach Harper RTs it. SreekySomething makes a meme. That’s the shit that Twitter apparently is about. Memes and jokes. That’s the shit that sells. That, and clickbait. Which of course is why Skip Bayless and co. are paid millions of dollars to scream things they don’t even believe. 

I’ve decided I’m done with the trolls, frankly. I’ve spoken on why I feel twitter has become a toxic environment and how a lot of the people I just mentioned should take accountability for that. Sadly, it seems Twitter wants to continue going in a direction where we say crazy sh*t to people we’d never say to their face. (For the record - I’ve never said anything that I wouldn’t say to somebody’s face. If BucksFilmRoom was here? I’d absolutely say everything I said. I can’t say the same about the 1,000 people who DM’d me calling me a pu**y, c*nt, etc.) Where a bunch of unqualified bloggers bash coaches incessantly, call KD sensitive and soft, and make it so athletes can’t even go on Twitter, basically. KD is a sensitive soft a-hole for being human. For dealing with the same insecurities that — admit it, deep down, we all have. God forbid the man be insecure — HUMAN — the same thing we encourage everyone to be in our mental health education — while also calling him a soft baby for caring what others think of him.

I have been helpful to 6K or so legitimate people who actually like my content. I’ve tried to respond to every DM and almost every legitimate basketball question. So if I see you pop up in my timeline with a profanity at me, or a clown emoji, or anything else blatantly disrespectful - I usually hit the block button. And once I started doing that - apparently it became a badge of honor in the blogosphere to screenshot that I blocked you and also celebrate that. Cool, I guess. Whatever makes you happy. 

You can check who’s following me and see it’s pretty clear some of the big names in basketball follow me. Even people who have trolled me plenty have admitted I know my stuff. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me...but I would take the word of the lifelong reporters and basketball analysts and coaches who follow me over the bloggers, the guys who are verified when we have no idea why they’re verified, and the obnoxious analytic frauds who have 10K followers and literally make shit up. There are literally lifelong analysts, coaches, top NBA players, commentators, front office exec’s, etc. who follow me - but they are not the ones out there TWEETING about it. Because a bunch of people have decided to make out-of-context snippets and such go viral, that’s what you think of me. You don’t know me, you probably haven’t followed me. Try giving it a chance.


I’m done waging war. From this point forward, I’m done engaging with trolls, obnoxious people, relentless negativity. I’m sorry if I’ve clogged your timelines with that crap. From now on, my rules are pretty simple:

Follow if you want. Be respectful. Act like a normal human being. Keep it to basketball. 

Do that, and we’ll all get along just fine. 

Psychologists can explain the phenomenon better than I can but whether you realize it or not, you are unbelievably more likely to side with someone, take their word for it, if they have a blue check, hundreds of thousands of followers, etc. I represent as myself - no burner, no made up account name, my actual picture, etc. That’s made me a target for trolls - who apparently have nothing better to do? But if you really love basketball, you’ll probably like my content. Chances are, you have seen some of my tweets already - a lot of my X’s and O’s explanations, YouTube videos, etc. have gone relatively viral. You just haven’t clicked follow because I didn’t have the blue check. Follow, check out some of those, and then form your opinion. 

My ethos is simple: I respect coaches, having been there and understanding how tough the job is. I respect players, having worked closely with them & understanding the immense pressure and 24-7 scrutiny they’re under. I respect beat writers and people who travel around reporting on teams and bust their rears to give good coverage and so on. I respect you if you treat me with respect. Facts > Jokes, which I know is about the opposite of normal twitter.

More than likely, that means I have a pretty small niche following on here. But to my followers and people who have been loyal, I appreciate you tremendously. 

I promise I will ignore the trolls from now on. I’ve said my piece, I’ll leave that all in the past. If you choose to side w the bloggers and co. over me, fine.

If you legitimately want to learn about basketball and understand the X’s and O’s better, I’m glad you’ve found me. 

If you’ve followed for a while and would like to show support, patreon.com/ScoutWithBryan is where you can. Yes: I realize asking for money in DMs isn’t the best move. But at some point, people need to decide if they want clickbait to continue to rule the basketball world and there to continue to be 80,000 different basketball bloggers and experts, or if there is still a thing called “expertise” that’s maybe worth encouraging by supporting. I have nothing against those 80,000 - there are good apples and bad apples, rising star bloggers and goofballs. I’d love to help and be a resource. But if you just want to be a disrespectful troll, you get no respect from me.

If you’re a blogger/writer/etc. about basketball at any level - here’s what I’m willing to do. Help you. I want to be a resource. Tag me if you have a basketball question. DM me. Have me on the podcast and I’ll talk ball all day. There’s no reason we can’t get along.


Yes, I am currently typing this on my blog. Astute observation. Blogboy to me means someone who thinks they know a ton about basketball and feels qualified to call Jason Kidd and Jim Boylen “dumb” despite being a blackjack dealer. Just having a blog doesn’t make you a blog boy. There are a lot of really good ones that I follow, promote, have done pods with, etc. But there are too many fish in the sea right now, and not enough people who are willing to really do the legwork needed to learn the game.

My credentials are listed on this site and my Twitter. I put in my time to earn my stripes. Although it pains some on Twitter to admit it, expertise is still a thing. I have stated many times that I am not with a team anymore by lifestyle choice. I didn’t like being in an industry where the average coach gets fired every couple years and the whole staff gets thrown into limbo, and you have to be willing to move your family around the country non-stop. I decided to give the media side a run. I’ve been shocked to find how many clowns who think Russell Westbrook never should’ve been made a PG feel qualified to call out NBA head coaches. I think that plays a part in the massive instability in the industry, including cuckoo billionaires who made their living in other fields thinking they’re experts at running a basketball team (which usually >> dysfunction). They let this “noise” get to them. I am trying to help make it smarter noise, so coaches can occasionally hang onto a job for a while and not have to deal with psychotic fans demanding they get fired every day.

Do I care about a blue check? No. If Twitter came calling and said they’d like to give me one, would I take it? Sure! But it’s hysterical how many people think I’m all bummed out, because I’m sitting here 6 months into my Twitter career and the trolls decide to make it look like I’ve failed. I have over 6300 followers! I have 115 paying people! I have hundreds of others who message me and tell me how much they love and appreciate my content. The comments on my Warriors’ G6 video are literally about half “this is the best analysis I’ve ever seen.” How many other people - tweeting under their OWN name - with no BS self-given HoopsReference handle - no big site hawking their stuff, no support from the big gatekeepers - have 6300 followers mostly from word of mouth?! And yes, I know some of you may be trolls. May have just found me from this nonsense. But I’d say I’m doing alright! Blue check don’t validate me! In case you’re new to Twitter, they will literally validate just about anyone. It’s literally why they’ve paused applications for verification. My experience is my credential. I don’t need to please everyone.

What I want to do: Analyze basketball. Feed my family. That’s all. I have a beautiful girlfriend and a puppy. I have never in my life tweeted from a burner account or created any fake email. If I’ve ever said anything to you, the DMs out there, etc. - you know it. I don’t hide behind a random Twitter handle. My name is on everything I write.

The best comedy is all of the people convinced what an unhinged, deranged madman I am. Last year when I did the Hawks and Raptors scouting I coached a team of 7th graders and gave lessons on the side. (You can read my reviews. They’re quite good.) Notice how not a single person piling on me here has actually MET me, had a phone convo with me. The author of the freaking BSO piece didn’t even contact me for the ‘expose’ he wrote about me. And all the people also ranting about what a psycho I am - you know how many people came to my DM’s to say: are you OK man? Do you need everything? Everything alright? Maybe 3. You know how many people sent me hate DM’s? Maybe 300. Twitter is literally fake. A lot of people have a whole lot of clout and think they’re really important from it. I know what I did in basketball. Basketball people know what I did in basketball. If you ask anyone who actually KNOWS me - I can promise you I’m a very polite, respectful young man. I just tell it like it is. And people today would rather judge someone from one screenshot than follow them for a day.

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What Happened in #BrooksGate?

Please note: I am not a credentialed reporter. Please do not consider this an “official” report. I cite inside info and my own sources only once or twice. Most of this is just investigative sleuthing and putting together the timeline and evidence I’ve seen. More info may (and hopefully will) come to light and I very well could be mistaken on a couple details. But I have a strong hunch what the TRUTH behind #BrooksGate is: everyone is telling the truth. Kind of.

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A week ago, PHX and MEM had some sort of discussion. Dillon Brooks at least CAME UP in the discussion. Bob Young reported for The Athletic PHX:

There never were any discussions between the Suns and Memphis about MarShon Brooks. And the Suns never had any interest in discussing that Brooks.

However, there were discussions for about a week between Phoenix and Memphis about Dillon Brooks. Washington was not involved in the discussions with either team at that point.

The Wizards inquired with the Suns late in the week about Ariza, who signed in the offseason and could not be traded until Friday. The Wizards brought Memphis in to leverage the interest that Phoenix had expressed in Dillon Brooks, hoping to make a three-team deal that would land Ariza in Washington, where he had played two seasons (2012-13 and ’13-14).

The Suns would get Rivers, Dillon Brooks and Selden with Oubre Jr. going to Memphis.

Despite reports to the contrary, there were no discussions on Friday involving Suns owner Robert Sarver, according to the source. He was at the team’s holiday party for employees.

James Jones and Trevor Bukstein, co-interim general managers, were working together on talks with several teams and worked through Washington on the three-way proposal.

The Suns and Wizards had agreed on their parts of the trade and were prepared to join the required league conference call to finalize the deal. That is when Memphis indicated that Dillon Brooks was not supposed to be part of the deal, that it was MarShon whom the Grizzlies were trading.
— Bob Young

So Dillon Brooks was discussed PRIVATELY between PHX and MEM. PHX I’m sure would at least inquire about his medical status, given that he’s currently injured (via John Gambadoro Twitter):

The Suns never had any discussions with Memphis or Washington about MarShon Brooks. Dillon Brooks is an injured player so medical and physical information was exchanged before the trade call.
— John Gambadoro

I’m not certain Gambadoro knows the exact mechanisms behind a trade and then a trade call, so I think this tweet is being misconstrued as proof that medicals were exchanged. This was denied vociferously by Chris Wallace:

Grind City Media: There were reports on social media that the player’s medical information had already been exchanged?

Chris Wallace: We did not exchange any medicals on our players. To give you a little background on the process, that probably would be just a touch early to begin with plus any requests or sharing of medicals would create a paper trail and there is no trail. Regardless, we did not send out any medicals on our players.

So what do we know so far given this info?

Dillon Brooks was at least discussed between PHX and MEM, but THOSE TWO TEAMS never discussed MarShon Brooks.

Washington joined separately inquiring about Ariza and brought MEM into the discussion because PHX had interest in Dillon Brooks. Washington served as the intermediary between PHX and MEM. Friday night at least, there was no Sarver/Pera call. Sarver was at the holiday party. 

So all of this out of Phoenix’s camp checks out. They legitimately thought they were getting Dillon Brooks, the player who they’d discussed off and on the past week. 

OK, let’s check in with Memphis. Since the trade isn’t official yet, no one from Washington or Phoenix is able to comment on the record. But since Memphis was knocked out of this would-be trade, Chris Wallace is. And he was none too pleased. 

First of all, we know the leak didn’t come from Memphis. Because if it had, MarShon Brooks would have been the one named in the deal all along. 

Second, Chris Wallace ALSO confirmed to Chris Herrington that he dealt only with Washington as the intermediary—TWICE:

This thing didn’t pick up steam until late Thursday afternoon, and then the bulk of the discussions were done (Friday), multiple discussions with Washington.
You’d have to ask them. We were under the impression that a deal had been agreed upon and we were fine with our end of it, based on what we’d told (Washington). Obviously that changed.
— Chris Wallace to Chris Herrington, Media Availability

Now, if Chris Wallace is on the record (and Phoenix journalists confirm) that those teams did not speak for THIS particular deal and communicated only thru Washington (Friday mainly), what happened?

More Herrington:

Did the teams get confused about which Brooks was on the move? Sort of.

A Grizzlies source said that both the Grizzlies and Suns initially negotiated through Washington, which was trying to acquire Suns forward Trevor Ariza. Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld was reportedly the go-between.

”We were only talking to (Washington),” the source said. ‘Made very clear to Grunfeld that it was MarShon. Somehow it appears he told them Dillon.’
— Chris Herrington

This is entirely plausible. It would explain Memphis legitimately believing they were dealing MarShon, and Phoenix legitimately believing they were receiving Dillon. Washington played middleman, and something got lost in translation. 

Now, let’s check on the timeline. For that, let’s turn to the news-breaker himself, Adrian Wojnarowski.

First, remember the order of Woj’s tweets:


The tweet at bottom is first, obviously. His first tweet begins with THE WIZARDS acquiring Ariza. It makes no mention of Memphis. 

Now, for the only bit of “insider” knowledge in this whole piece. Obviously, people leak things to Woj. Happens all the time. Almost every team probably does it. But I can confirm that the Wizards DEFINITELY do it. I spent 6 years with them. Nothing wrong with it. Whether it’s Ernie Grunfeld himself, Assistant GM Tommy Sheppard, or someone else, I obviously can’t guarantee who it was in this case despite any suspicions.

It seems tough to make the case here that Phoenix leaked this deal, given that the initial tweet made no mention of the most important piece of the deal to THEM (Dillon Brooks). It also refers only to a ‘multi-team trade’. If PHX was the leak and told Woj they were getting Dillon Brooks, you would think they would’ve at least told Woj what team they’re getting the main trade piece from. 

Now, let’s dive into the 2nd (top) tweet. Now Memphis is bought into the deal. Their only outgoing assets in this deal though are “two role players.” Would Phoenix have leaked a deal about them trading Trevor Ariza for two unnamed role players? Don’t think so. 

Now, let’s continue our way thru Woj’s timeline:


So here’s Chris Wallace, on the record AGAIN, confirming a few things:

  • Robert Pera and Robert Sarver did not speak at least about THIS trade (which PHX also confirmed above)

  • That Memphis didn’t speak to Phoenix during this 3-team trade (which we’ve already touched on above)

  • And finally, once again that Memphis communicated ONLY with Washington during this 3-way deal. Note the very specific wording in the second (top) tweet. They never discussed Dillon as part of “THIS trade with Washington.” 



Now here’s Washington, merely telling Woj they “believe” they were told Dillon Brooks. The Grizzlies seem a bit more sure which player they were willing to trade.

I’m not a scientist, but reading between the lines, it’s pretty clear: Washington mistakenly told Phoenix that it was Dillon Brooks, not MarShon. 

Even Woj here confirms: MEM and PHX used WAS as the conduit. When they finally talked directly, they confirmed the confusion (and Woj cleaned up later that he obviously meant MEM refused to include Dillon over MarShon).

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So the deal falling apart? Logical. Phoenix believed it was getting Dillon. They see the deal leak and Woj tweet Dillon, and then change it to MarShon. They quickly realize that something isn’t right. The Grizzlies realize the same. They won’t trade Dillon, only MarShon. Deal explodes. 

Checking back in with the Grizzlies:


For what it’s worth, I was also told by multiple league sources that Memphis spoke only with Washington. 


All of what Candace is saying checks out with the timeline above. RE: #3, Washington and Phoenix had the understanding. There is no confirmation that Memphis had ever said Dillon Brooks. RE: #4, the deal could certainly die on MEM’s end when they realized the Wizards put the wrong player in the trade for them. #5 is obviously just speculation.

More confirmation that MEM and PHX did discuss Dillon Brooks directly. But note that Fred merely says “discussed”. No timeline on when this took place. From what I can tell, it was maybe a week ago. 


Draw your own conclusions. I’ve been on record stating that Ernie, Tommy, and the Wizards as a whole always treated me great. They are good people. But this — to me — looks like a significant error on the Wizards’ end, and it cost them perhaps a couple 2nd round picks in the process. In fairness to them, I can’t remember a situation like this where a team has two players with the same last name who aren’t DRASTICALLY different in value. I don’t think it’s THAT unfathomable. But it really seems like it messed up this 3-way trade, creating #BrooksGate, #BrooksChronicles, and costing themselves dearly in the process. Not great, Bob.