Hey there, how’s it going? My name is Graham and I’m a 21 year old sports writer (mostly pertaining to basketball) from Ireland.
I’ve previously written for Popgates.com, HoopTrends (R.I.P. HoopTrends), HawksHoop (an ESPN TrueHoop affiliate covering the Atlanta Hawks) and now Peachtree Hoops, SB Nation’s Atlanta Hawks site.
I sat my Leaving Cert in 2012 and originally studied Game Design in the beautiful (ha, riiiiight…) town of Bray for two years. College was a great experience and full of memories I treasure, but during second year (second year of two, I did not dropout) I realised that game design wasn’t something I wanted to pursue as a career after college. This left me in a bit of a predicament: I had just spent two years in college and had graduated, but I found myself back at square one when it came to figuring out what I wanted to do for a career.
While looking for a temporary job, I was able (since I had the free time) to fully immerse myself in the NBA world, and I found many thoughts and opinions beginning to form in my mind. One day, I just got the urge to write down some of my thoughts and the topic that was on my heart was how screwed the Brooklyn Nets were. So I created a tumblr account, originally called “The G’s Knees”, wrote that piece, and after that I began to further chronicle my NBA thoughts and opinions on my Tumblr account. From there things took off, and the journey began.
As I mentioned, I currently write for Peachtree Hoops and dedicated to covering the Atlanta Hawks, and the whole Atlanta Hawks journey has been an amazing experience up to this point. I’m hopeful that I will be able to visit Atlanta and check out a game at some point.
Sports have played a huge part of my life, it was always something I’ve been able to get into and engage with. I like to think of myself as a deep thinker, always looking for things not everyone may see. I love obsessing over details and this, coupled with a long history of feeling enjoyment writing stories and essays (even in primary school) makes these two interests of mine fit like a glove. But at the end of the day, I just love sports.
My dream is to do write about basketball full time. Whether that’s just covering the league in general, or for the Hawks (preferably the Hawks), that’s the goal, that’s the dream. The time difference (5 hours for Eastern Time, 6 for Central, etc) means that this dream keeps me up very late at night. But as Big Sean said in ‘Life Should Go On’, “I got a dream worth more than my sleep, to me being in the game worth more than these seats.”
I have a dream worth more than my sleep.