Please welcome the newest addition to the NBA blogosphere.
This is not hyperbole. I’m convinced, at this very moment in time, that this is going to be one of the greatest ideas ever conceived in quite a while. Everyone envisions a basketball blog as nothing more than written type, with videos and podcasts serving as alternative story forms.
But what about spoken word? Meet basketball’s version of Def Poetry Jam.
Take it away, Matt Moore.
Like most ideas that come from our brains, this one was largely an accident and not a very well conceived. At one point or another, Rob Mahoney and I came to the conclusion that we wanted this new project, that we wanted it to be inclusive, and we wanted it to be new. What formed out of it was Voice on the Floor.
The idea? It’s an audio blog. Or a podcast. Or a podcast blog. Or something. The general concept that we’re striving for is “NPR for the NBA.” Or as one person tagged it, “This American NBA Life.” We didn’t want to do a normal podcast with two of us talking about stuff, we have those on Paroxysm and we’ll have them again. Instead what we wanted was an audio magazine, featuring two elements. An in-depth interview, my only content production of the project, and spoken-word essays, performed by both Mahoney and the wonderful talented people we’ve encountered in our time out here in the Wild, Wild West.
I will be proudly contributing to this fantastic project next week (Tuesday, to be specific) on the eve of opening night in the NBA, with a spoken word essay on LeBron James. The title?
“I Hope LeBron James Destroys Us All.”