What is PRESS?

We wanted a space to create content. We wanted a space to talk about the things we loved.

So, we made it.

Are we a blog? Absolutely not.
A news outlet? One could argue.
A space for creative freedom? Indefinitely.

PRESS is a collection of ideas presented in the medium that suits them best. It’s a collection of individuals making themselves heard. It’s the rock in the river of content outlets breaking the current and disrupting the stream.

It’s simple really. PRESS is here to engage you- to redefine the things you love. We’re here to open up your relationship with the worlds of sports, movies, and culture through an assortment of content coming from an assortment of voices.

Marc’s Message
(Press Basketball)

We come from different cities. Different countries. Different cultures. Yet there is one thing we all share in common: an orange leather ball and an iron hoop.

The world we live in is full of hot takes, sound bites, 24-hour news tickers, and viral pet videos. Disappearing are the days of informative, intelligent conversations, investigative journalism, and long-form storytelling.

Press Basketball is here for you; we’re a modern news organization that blends the traditions of old fashioned journalism, and the digital age we all breathe today.

Old School. New Media.

Press was conceptualized by Andrew Hamilton in January 2016 and led to the union of Hoops Lounge and Below The Hardwood becoming a singular force, as well as the arrival of journalists from across North America.

The name Press was selected for three reasons.

It’s an homage to old newspaper printing presses, to smoke filled press boxes at ball games, and the men (and occasionally women) who filled them.

It alludes to press defense, a tactic where defenders swarm their opponents full court. It catches you off guard, and makes you pay the price.

And finally, the name is a nod to Press Maravich, the father/coach of Pistol Pete. A man whose legacy is lost in the hardwood shuffle, Press was a pioneer of fast-break, entertaining basketball. He coined the term “showtime” later passed on to Magic Johnson.

Our team at Press is as eclectic as they come, brimming with Canadians and a slew of other diverse voices. We are the Spurs of the blogging community, seeking a uniformity in our uniqueness.

So take a look around. Subscribe. Tell your friends.

Welcome to Press Basketball.

We hope you enjoy your stay.

Marc Griffin