Hello readers. It’s me, Kevin. And I’m here to make the bittersweet announcement that my time at Liberty Ballers is coming to an end. I’ve struggled to find the motivation to write about basketball, and with so many recent changes to the site, now is a really good time to go.
Many thanks to Seth Pollack, who gave me this opportunity when my CV was just a blank sheet of paper and I had posted about five blog posts on my personal site, which were read by can -be 50 people. He saw potential and I am forever grateful to him.
I would like to thank my editorial team during my tenure. Sean Kennedy is all you can ask for from a right hand man. Tom West teaches me something new every time I read it. Dave Early is a true friend, someone with whom discussions about basketball have regularly evolved into comments about life and the existential. And of course, the entire staff at LB, made up of talented individuals who share the passion to cover and discuss this team in a way that has been so much fun to be a part of. Finally, tmend and Dave in New York, who are tasked with moderating this community, and Grandma Helen, author of the official unofficial LB newsletter.
Many thanks to Eric Sidewater and BlindLoyalty. You put me in this world so to speak. We launched the Sixers Science podcast in the summer of 2017 and it’s no exaggeration to say that I would never have held a position on this site if I hadn’t met you and you hadn’t exposed me to a new way of thinking. about sport. You made it interesting to say the least!
Most importantly, I want to thank the Liberty Ballers commentary community. You didn’t just support me, you challenged me. Something special happens when a diverse group of people come together around a common bond with a common goal and leave the luggage at the door. For this unique and strange group, the bond has been a basketball team and the goal has been to develop a market of ideas to come up with the best of them. Engaging with all of you has helped me become what I believe to be a better person than I was when I started this gig. I broadened my mind, learned not to attach identity to ideas, and learned to be excited to be wrong. I am truly amazed at how much I have learned from all of you. And man, I laughed a lot. So many great people have been a part of these forums. It has retained an environment reminiscent of the golden age of internet forums. You all rule and I will miss very much to engage with you regularly.
I started doing social media for LB in September 2017 after Jim Adair reached out to find a helping hand to post on Facebook. Before that, I lingered as a commentator. Who would have thought that in January 2018, I would be the editorial director of the site. It was a long journey, a journey that I will always cherish. Following and covering this team as they flourished under Sam Hinkie’s glorious tenure has been a real pleasure. I appreciate everyone who has been a part of it. I plan to write again, probably about everything except sports. For now, I’m going to take it slow and focus on other areas of my life. I can be reached on kevin.francis.love[at]gmail.com and I’m sure I’ll continue to linger around LB. I wish Paul Hudrick the best of luck as he brings the site to a new era, I am very happy to follow as a reader. One last time, thank you, Liberty Ballers.