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Thursday, 30 July 2009 03:09

Early on in his life John grew up in Center City Philadelphia. His love of basketball started while watching the older students play pick up ball before school in the mornings. John practiced some of his moves he saw on the playground, while listening to 76ers games in his small backyard, as a 10,11,and 12 year old. His first organized basketball team was as an 11 year old playing for Greenfield school at the famous Christian street YMCA.  At age 13 John moved to Cherry Hill , N.J  and played 8th grade and high school ball. His go to moves were the Earl Monroe  spin dribble and the Tony Parker tear drop floater. At 5 foot 8 inches tall, John had the athleticism to get off the floor and grab the rim. He played against Division 1 college talent in leagues and would put up 30 point games regularly.

John had the ability to go overseas and play in Greece, just like the Division 1 guys he played against, but early on in college he tore his knees up and was  never quite the same player.    

Instead of playing ball, John viewed numerous NBA games in the late eighties and all of the nineties. By the late nineties his focus changed from NBA ball to European ball. John was a frequent caller to local radio shows on Sunday mornings in Philadelphia. John was the first in the Delaware Valley to speak of European talent on local shows, and soon took his knowledge to NBA radio on satellite. Names such as  Andrei  Kirilenko, Dejan Bodiroga, Nick Galis, Carlos Arroyo, Marco Belinelli, Danilo Gallinari, Rudy Fernandez and Ricky Rubio were all mentioned by John.       

John also extensively talked about the Greek national team with Theo Papaloukas, Lazaros Papadopoulos, Vasillis Spanoulis, Ioannis Bourousis, Baby Shaq Schortsanitis, Dimitri Diamantidis and Antonis Fotsis, all legitimate NBA caliber starters.     John's focus in the future will be to continue bringing up these veteran Euro-league players, who when they become free agents should be looked at by NBA teams.

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