Welcome back to Ask A Blogger, my interview series about basketball and the #bloglife with various basketball bloggers. To see previous interviews, go here.
Today we are joined by Jameson Draper who covers the Detroit Pistons for ESPN True Hoop’s Piston Powered. He’s had some tough years lately as a Pistons fan, but just because his team has struggled, doesn’t mean his writing has. Make sure you read his stuff and follow him on Twitter dot com to talk about all things Detroit and Michigan State: @jamdraper.
1. In just a few sentences, can you tell us who you write for/what your job is?
I write about Michigan State sports for SB Nation and isportsweb, but what you care about is my basketball writing. I write for PistonPowered.com, the Pistons ESPN TrueHoop blog. I occasionally write analysis pieces and recaps, but my main job is conducting PistonPowered live, which is a halftime show during Pistons games.
2. How did you first get interested in/started with writing about basketball?
I have always been a fan of basketball, but didn’t start writing until PistonPowered’s Patrick Hayes came to me with an idea about me writing for their site. I can’t thank him and Dan Feldman enough for this opportunity they’ve given me.
3. How does a normal day of blogging go for you?
Well, I’m in high school. So throughout the school day I’ll browse around Twitter and find basketball stuff to read. When I get home, I look at what I’m supposed to be writing for the day (I wish I knew without having to look, but I have really bad memory). I do my research, and then write. If I have no certain duties, I’ll just write something for myself. It’s good to write everyday. It makes you better.
4. Switching to basketball things, what is one low-key thing in the league (player, team, set, etc.) that you really like watching right now that casual fans may not know about?
People know about Draymond Green now, right? He’s my favorite MSU alumnus and he’s becoming a pretty solid NBA player. If that doesn’t count, I love watching Tim Hardaway Jr., mostly because he’s been outplaying every single expectation I had for him this year except the amount of time’s he’s compared to his father.
5. Your Pistons are obviously having a rough year. What would be your first move to turn things around going into next season?
Goodbye, Joe Dumars!
So there you have it. Thanks again to Jameson for joining us, and make sure you go follow him on Twitter if you aren’t already doing so for some reason: @jamdraper.