You all have heard from Sebastian today, and while we’re very sad to see him go, NAS is also using this as an opportunity to embrace some new voices out there. We heard from a lot of you over the past week, and I think each and every one of you for your interest. But without further ado, here are our new NAS writers:
Danny Savitzky is currently a sophomore at USC, majoring in print and digitial journalism with a minor in the brand-spanking-new sports media studies program. He grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, from the time he was six to when he graduated high school, taking an interest in the Nets for the 2004-2005 season. After watching a month of excruciating basketball with stars like Ron Mercer, Aaron Williams, and Eric Williams, the Nets dealt for Vince Carter, when Danny really started taking an interest in the team. Since then, he has followed the team closely through its ups and downs and is beyond excited for the two years to come in Newark and, thereafter, Brooklyn.
In addition to writing for Nets Are Scorching, Danny is also a Team Writer for the Los Angeles Clippers, covering practices and games for Clippers.com. His favorite experience thus far was going to the World Basketball Festival at Madison Square Garden in August, where he covered Team USA and interviewed Eric Gordon, other players, and coaches. Danny also coedits a USC sports blog, reignoftroy.com, contributing to thehoopsreport.com, and doing play-by-play and color commentary for USC football, basketball, and baseball games for the student radio station, KXSC.
Justin DeFeo is a new writer to the NetsAreScorching blog. He began his blogging career in 2009 contributing to some smaller blogs before having the opportunity to work with a general NBA blog, Sir Charles In Charge, which is part of the Fansided blogging network. While working for that site, Justin covered the whole league and wrote mostly opinion based articles, however, two of his video breakdowns were among his most popular.
Justin, who is a New Jersey native, became a Nets fan after falling in love with Keith Van Horn in college, then following him to the NBA. He really fell in love, however, when the Nets hijacked the Suns and acquired Jason Kidd. The Nets two consecutive runs to the NBA finals were his favorite memories as a sports fan, highlighted by the dramatic double overtime win against the Indiana Pacers in game five of the 2002 NBA Playoffs first round, a game he was at.
His other passion is coaching, and for the past three seasons he has been an assistant basketball coach at the Division III level, hoping to move up. It is in this capacity that most of his work will be for NAS. He will be taking a look at the X’s and O’s of the Nets and their opponents, and breaking it down providing sound analysis. He encourages anyone to follow him on twitter, @coachdif10, where he tweets mostly about basketball, soccer and coaching.