A good article in the Wall Street Journal today on the inventors of the basketball Web site Hoopshype.com. Like many sports writers and NBA followers in general, I check this Web site daily. For those of you who might not be familiar with it, it’s a great site to spend five minutes on every day, glancing through the “rumors” section which gives a thorough offering of national and international reports on all things NBA.
As the article points out, “The pro basketball Web site has influenced player moves, stoked rivalries and now attracts more than a half-million unique visitors a month after starting from scratch in 2002. NBA coaches read it to check on their job status, and rumors posted there have put trades in motion.”
Unbeknownst to me before reading this article, the creators of the site are three 29-year-old men from Spain. Their success story makes for the perfect “Why didn’t I think of that?”
Also, Hornets fans might find it interesting that the site allegedly brought about the 2005 trade of Jamaal Magloire to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Desmond Mason. I remember the day that trade happened like it was yesterday, how happy Magloire was when he learned the news at a morning shoot-around, how he giddily began saying goodbye to his teammates on that October morning before bolting out of the Ford Center for good before ever playing a regular season game in Oklahoma City.
I had never heard the story of how the Web site sparked the trade as the WSJ article details until I read it. I’m not sure I believe it but it’s plausible. Ironically enough, as a rare reader of the WSJ, I only learned of the article through the rumors section of Hoopshype.