Nearly 8 years ago, in January of 2010, I took over Forum Blue & Gold from Kurt Helin. I read that sentence now and still wonder where the time went. Nearly 8 years of coming here, my second home, every day to write, discuss, argue, agree, and just hang out with all of you. And all because of the Lakers. We’ve seen the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows with this team. Day in, day out…here.
If you read that paragraph above and then glanced at the title of this post, maybe you think you’re getting rid of me. You’re probably thinking “like, finally, this dude is leaving”. Sorry suckers, you’re stuck with me for a while longer. In fact, you’re going to get even more of me. Lucky you.
Change is afoot at FB&G. For the first time since I took over the site, I am looking to grow and expand. I’m looking to make it bigger and better. To do that, I will be doing more. I’ll be writing more, covering more topics, trying to do the best I can to expand the coverage we provide by bringing you more diversity in topics and offering more range in the types of pieces that go up here. I hope that makes the site better. I believe it will.
What I know will make the site better, though, is what I’m going to say next.
I am bringing on Pete Zayas as a partner and full time contributor to FB&G. You know Pete as @LakerFilmRoom and as my podcast partner. I see Pete as more than that, though. I see him as one of the smarter, more insightful Lakers fans I know. I see him as someone who makes amazing breakdown videos, someone who can explain the game as well as anyone, and someone who is going to work extremely hard for and with you, the reader, to make us all smarter fans. Pete’s motto is that he’s dedicated to the study of Lakers basketball. Well, now that dedication will be expressed here at FB&G.
Pete is someone who’s work has already graced this site, so you might already be aware of what he’s capable of. If you’re not, though, you can see his work on Lonzo Ball’s scoring or on the passes Lonzo made in summer league to create advantages offensively. Pete will be doing more of his magical video breakdowns, but he’ll also be writing more and giving you his insights in more traditional posts. I could not be more excited to have Pete on board. I hope you’ll join me in welcoming him.
Pete won’t be the only addition to our staff, either. We’re going to ramp up our social media and will have wunderkind Grant Goldberg (@GrantGoldberg) manning the 1’s the 2’s on a new twitter account (@ForumBlueGold_) and Instagram page (@forumbluegold). Give Grant and our site accounts a follow for all the updates and current goings on related to FB&G.
And there will be more contributors (including some familiar names) popping up too. Just know, though, that we — all of us who will be bringing you content — will try our best to continue to give you the best we can. Whether that’s analysis, breakdowns, news, rumors, game previews and recaps, or any other Lakers subject under the sun.
Nearly 8 years ago when I took over the site, I wrote this:
My goal for the future of this site is simple: I want to grow this site while keeping alive the tradition that has been established over the past 5 years. The foundation has been laid, let’s build this thing bigger than ever before and evolve the site to its next incarnation. We’ll be here every single day trying to make this site the best place for Lakers fans to follow our team. I hope to have you join us.
As true as that was then, it’s even more true now. We are ready to get after it.
One last thing. There will be more changes over the coming weeks and months here at FB&G. We plan to redesign the site, implement a new commenting platform, and make more tweaks to the look and general feel of the site. Like all change, it will take some adjusting. Not only for you, the readers and loyal members of the community who come here every day, but for me and the other contributors as well.
Know, though, that the spirit of the site will not change. My dedication to providing readers smart and nuanced commentary and analysis is rooted in running this site at all. They go hand in hand; there is no FB&G without the ethos Kurt established and I have tried to maintain since 2010. So, many things are and will continue to change with the site as we approach the season, but what I feel is most important (and what makes this site what it is) will not.