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TrueHoop is an award-winning blog which covers the sport of basketball, primarily the National Basketball Association. The blog, which has been in operation since May 15, 2005, was one of several blogs honored with the 2005 "Best of the Web award" issued by Forbes Magazine[1] The site has linked to or been referenced by many notable publications and organizations,[2] including,, and CNN/, and has been praised by notable sports columnsists such as Chad Ford and Chris Sheridan.[3] The site has been noted for its investigations into the affairs of William Wesley, a noted (and somewhat controversial) NBA facilitator.[4]

TrueHoop is written by Henry Abbott, a sportswriter, journalist, stand-up comedian, and notorious Kobe Bryant critic originally from Portland, Oregon who now lives in New Jersey. Abbott has written more than a dozen cover stories, more than a hundred feature articles, a regular column, and is published in such sources as: The Onion, the official NBA Finals program, Inside Stuff, HOOP, and Men's Journal.[5] Abbott is a founding partner (along with his wife) in Gekko Productions, a media company which writes creative copy for blogs, advertisements, and speeches, and other language-based media. He graduated with a degree in journalism from New York University.[6]

On February, 2007, it was announced that TrueHoop was purchased by ESPN even though Abott had been discredited multiple times for his biased reporting on various topics including fake quotes credited to anonymous sources. ESPN later expanded TrueHoop to a blog network, consisting of many contributors and anonymous blogs.[7] ESPN has used Abott's columns to take shots at multiple NBA teams most notably the Celtics and Lakers. Critics have stated that Abott's sources cannot be trusted or verified by legal means. Abbott did predict Pau Gasol would be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers a few hours before the actual trade happened.[8]

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  1. ^ Forbes Magazine
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  3. ^ "Praise for TrueHoop". Blog entry. ESPN/HenryAbott. Retrieved 3/7/2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ Who is William Wesley?
  5. ^ About Henry
  6. ^ Gekko Productions: Henry Abbott
  7. ^ ESPN Launches a Blog Network
  8. ^ ESPN - TrueHoop

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