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Bullets Forever: An introduction to what’s ahead this summer

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Here’s our interim site manager with an introduction and updates on what’s to come this summer.

NBA: Washington Wizards at Orlando Magic
Though I can’t predict what the Wizards do on the court, we will still have our “A” games on this summer.
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Hi everyone,

First, let’s give Jake Whitacre a round of applause for leading Bullets Forever for the last four and a half years. He has helped increase the reach of the site and has been a pleasure to work with.

I want to tell you about some things that are on the horizon for the site in the days and weeks ahead here on Bullets Forever. Here’s what’s in store.

So, what do you do now, Albert?

New York Knicks & Washington Wizards Media Sessions
I know these questions are coming, just like Bradley Beal did before the Wizards’ game in London last season.
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For now, I am Bullets Forever’s interim site manager. In the short term, I will run the site to make sure things run smoothly. Beyond the next month or so, we’ll see.

I fully realize that OUR, not my, site’s transition is happening at the same time when the Wizards are searching (or perhaps not really searching) for a new President of Basketball Operations. So yes, I get that I am Bullets Forever’s “Tommy Sheppard.” That said, Jake is by no means leaving BF as our “Ernie Grunfeld.”

Though Jake wanted to hand me the keys and drive off, Vox Media has a formal process for site manager changes. SB Nation will post an open call on the site later today. If you believe that you’re a good fit for this role, you are encouraged to apply. A link to the listing is at the bottom of this page.

Though our interim situation is like the Wizards’ on the surface, our search will have a clear end. A permanent site manager will be named sometime after NBA Summer League concludes in mid-July and will make an introduction at that time.

What will we do in the meantime during the busy NBA offseason?

BIG3 - Week Seven
DeShawn Stevenson played in the BIG3 basketball league last year. We’ll start keeping closer tabs on the 3x3 league this summer!
Photo by Maddie Meyer/BIG3/Getty Images

While the site manager search takes place, the show here must go on. On a day-to-day basis, nothing drastic will change in terms of the way we produce our content.

But we are hitting a major part of the Wizards’ and the NBA’s calendar and we have some things in store for you, so let’s get to it.

  • NBA Draft — The 2019 NBA Draft is this Thursday. Ben Mehic will be at the Draft in Brooklyn on June 20 to get us boots on the ground.
  • NBA Free Agency — Soon after, Free Agency negotiations start on June 30 at 6 p.m. ET, so we will provide news and our analysis on any roster changes that happen. And NBA Summer League happens while those free agent negotiations are going on. I will be in Las Vegas for a few days to cover the Summer League for us as well.
  • The Wizards’ front office search — Finally, the Wizards may hire a new President of Basketball Operations or just give Tommy Sheppard the title. That could happen at any time though it’s probably happening after the Draft.
  • BIG3 basketball — Many Wizards alumni have taken part of the summer 3x3 league since its first season in 2017. With longtime point guard Gilbert Arenas playing for the Enemies this summer, we’ll talk about their games starting this weekend.

What about the Mystics on Bullets Forever?

As you can see, the Mystics are just as interested in this site as the Wizards are.
Stewart W. Small

Like Wizards coverage, it’s business as usual for the Mystics as long as I’m running the ship.

We will continue to cover their games like we have the past few seasons. Greydy Diaz and Diamond Holton are reporting at most of their home games. They have also developed a lot of great video content which you will continue to see this summer and hopefully beyond.

Finally, we will also write about Belgium’s journey in Women’s EuroBasket when other places won’t. Emma Meesseman and Kim Mestdagh do appreciate that we watch their games. I mean, Kim’s eyes lit up like a Christmas tree when Diamond asked her about Belgium’s hopes in Women’s EuroBasket!

If there are any questions or concerns on the site or the future, feel free to ask in the comments or email me at aleeinthedmv AT gmail DOT com.

Thanks, and let’s get back to our regularly scheduled programming!