Welcome to Gothic Ginobili.
This site has been around since 2011 -- for most of that period, we were an ESPN TrueHoop Network affiliate. With the general dissolution of the network we've found that title to be ill-fitting in this modern age, but we still exist. We used to be much more active, as any long-time reader would attest -- our claim to fame was our 2012 Player Capsules, where our head editor wrote 370,000 words in five months outlining the follies, foibles, and fantastic talents of every player in the NBA. It was an enormous project that wrought havoc on his life as a whole, leading to the dissolution of a long-term relationship, a few months of health problems, and a slow disillusionment from writing in general. Despite this, he wouldn't trade the experience for the world.
The Gothic is many things. It's weird, thorough, and an interesting spin on NBA coverage. It is not, however, a Spurs fan-blog. This confuses most people. "Why name it after Manu Ginobili if it isn't a Spurs blog?" was a common question throughout the blog's limited popularity. It isn't a Spurs blog, but I like Manu Ginobili. I'm a Spurs fan. This blog simply isn't meant to be some kind of breathless exaltation of the Spurs -- we only wanted to cover the Spurs in the context of the league as a whole. But even if we never WANTED it to be that, it did occasionally drift towards the sorts of topics Spurs fans hold dear. Would've been a lie to pretend otherwise.
So we named it after a Spurs player. Wanted to hint at the fact that despite our best efforts we'd likely drift towards Spurs-related topics a bit more frequently than other teams. We also wanted to celebrate Manu Ginobili's beautiful, sonorous name. Why "Gothic"? I worked for a paper that called itself "The Gothic Guardian" in college, and "Gothic" makes for a nice shorthand. That's it. No further motive. Could've just as easily been "Giraffe Ginobili" or "The Ginobili Gaffe-Fest". Especially if we'd started this after the 2013 finals. (BOOM! RIMSHOT!)
As of writing (mid-October 2015) we're down to a single writer -- the founder, Aaron McGuire. I happen to be the one writing this, so I'll stop this third person bullshit. I'm an applied statistician in the financial industry and technologist by trade, formerly employed at a top-5 bank and currently employed at a credit consulting firm in Richmond, Virginia. I am a Spurs fan with Cleveland sports parentage who was born in Los Angeles, moved to Arizona, and went to college in North Carolina. Trying to understand the tortured leaps of logic that led to my complicated sports fandom is a topic for another column. Or another 20 columns. Or the goddamn Parthenon. Columns all around you. Everywhere.
Our former writers included a number of excellent folks who would make excellent twitter follows, if you're into that sort of thing:
- Alex Dewey (@DewNO) -- Dewey was the blog's co-founder and my most common co-writer during the blog's most active years. His twitter is best described as a computer slowly learning the meaning of humor, over years of tortured experimentation. He likes music, mathematics, and Marc Gasol. You can call him Hal. His posts are stored here.
- Alex Arnon (@Alex_Arnon) -- Arnon was one of our first writers added to the mix, and one of the only people other than me to helm a reasonably popular weekly feature here. His feature was Small Market Mondays, a weekly celebration of the NBA's small markets written by a Knicks fan whose tongue was planted so firmly in cheek that he was arrested for indecent exposure. Formerly Las Vegas based. He's a great guy. His posts are stored here.
- Adam Koscielak (@TheBeardedPole) -- Adam was the first writer we added without really knowing the guy at all. He's a law student in Poland who considers himself a Canadian. Loves Douglas Adams, loved Marcin Gortat. He was responsible for Gothic Ginobili's only real "news break" of particular note, which occurred when he transcribed a Marcin Gortat interview where he slammed the Phoenix Suns. His posts are stored here.
- Jacob Harmon (@morphingmandrel) -- Jacob was one of my best friends from the basketball discussion topic I met Arnon at. He's an Alabama-based basketball fan engaged in constant combat against the hoops-hating culture that surrounds him. Charles Barkley is his shining light in a sea of black. His posts are stored here.
- John Hugar (@john_hugar) -- John was the final writer we added. He's also been the most successful -- which means my atrocious editing didn't have time to take hold and ruin him forever. Hooray! John writes for pretty much everywhere. Here's his work on Kinja, AVClub, and Uproxx. If you want to see his NBA work from here, check out his archive.
Those were our dudes. Now, I am our dude, which makes looking in the mirror a real trip.
Hope you enjoy the sporadic posts I throw up every now and again.