First of all, I want to thank God because without him, none of this would ever be possible.
It is with great pleasure to announce that I have accepted a position to cover the Cleveland Cavaliers/NBA for the Northeast Ohio Media Group, which supplies content for Cleveland.com and The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Having the opportunity to cover and document one of the most unprecedented times not only in Cleveland sports history but also in sports history was something I simply could not pass up.
My four years at Comcast SportsNet Northwest covering the Portland Trail Blazers and the NBA has been so rewarding and beneficial. CSN did an excellent job in molding me while giving me the necessary resources to do my job to the fullest. They took a chance on a young, virtually untested talent and everyday I worked my butt off to prove they didn’t make a mistake.
Dwight Jaynes, CSN’s columnist, put his reputation on the line by referring me and Kevin Berry, digital editor, fell for it…eventually. We did some great, record-breaking things together. Those two, I want to thank immensely. Without them, I’m not offered one of the most coveted beats in the country.
I’d like to thank my mentors Marc Spears, Jean-Jacque Taylor, Justice Hill, Gary Estwick, Dr. T. Hasan Johnson and Curt Bickley. These gentlemen, despite their hectic schedules, always had time to lend some much-needed advice and support whether it was personal or career guidance. NABJ (National Association of Black Journalist), continues to nurture and produce quality talent and for that, thank you.
I would like to thank the Trail Blazers’ organization. They are first class from top to bottom. The fans are unreal. Thank you for your support in reading and viewing our content. You guys and gals are some of the most intellectual, passionate fans in the entire league. That’s not even up for debate. Your thirst for Trail Blazer content kept me on my toes and pushed me to go places I didn’t even know I was capable of going.
I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge Charlotte, Justice, Jazmine, Jada and Jurnee for the sacrifices they have made and continue to make as their husband and father travels the country watching basketball games. I understand that this lifestyle isn’t a cakewalk for a family, yet their love and support has never wavered. Love you, ladies.
My parents, Bruce and Betty Haynes, along with my mother-in-law Tina Turner – yes, Tina Turner – came through time-after-time when we were in dire need of family support. Mark Haynes, my one and only brother, you prepared me for moments like this and you didn't even know it. My family is awesome and I am truly grateful.
But this isn’t goodbye, Portland. I’ll be back, at least twice a year and as early as Nov. 4, when the Cavs visit the Moda Center. It’s been an honor and a privilege. There are so many other people that I want to thank for helping me along this path and I’m sorry I can’t mention all of you but you know who you are.
I’ve met so many people in Portland whom I now consider to be life-long friends. Thank you for accepting and embracing my family. This city will always have a special place in my heart. I wish your team nothing but success.
Gone till November.