A New Direction For Lakers Nation
Building Lakers Nation has been one of the most exciting and unexpected adventures I’ve had in my professional career. Being blessed to have listened to Chick Hearn, to see him work, not just for the Lakers, but for the fans. It inspired me as I watched him unite fans of all different backgrounds and cultures behind this great team with a genuine enthusiasm and love that would never be questioned.
Lakers Nation gave me this chance to pay homage to Chick Hearn, which I absolutely do not want to waste.
With that being said, I know Lakers Nation has experienced a tremendous amount of growth in the past four years, so much so that it’s hard to say we did a lot of things on purpose. I would just have to say that I was fortunate enough to be at the right place at the right time, and most importantly, I was fortunate enough to have met the right people at the right time as well.
What started as an experiment turned into a hobby, which then quickly evolved into a responsibility.
With this new responsibility to the community, I have tried my best to reinvest into the future of the site when it comes to staff, facilities, equipment and overall diversity of our media productions.
As this new foundation begins to form, I also wanted to take this opportunity to look at my original vision for the site, aka the mission statement, aka the overall service I want Lakers Nation to provide to the fans. What I learned after reviewing the content on the site and the voice on social media is that the site has reached the maximum amount of what can be done with the current team structure and management.
Some may argue that the maximum amount that is currently being done is pretty damn good (it is definitely hard to argue), but I’ve never been one to settle on what’s good enough to others. I have always been one to strive to be better than what has already been done.
“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” – C.S. Lewis
I feel in my heart that more can be accomplished and I challenged myself to try new ways to try and realize my vision for Lakers Nation, no matter how hard it is.
As a result, the hardest decision has been to realize that the relationship with our Editor-in-Chief, Daniel Buerge, has come to an end. Daniel has been a great teammate at Lakers Nation and helped our staff members grow and become better writers and participants in social media. He has done a tremendous amount of work that have made me as proud as anyone can be. Daniel has dedicated countless hours to content on the site, twittercasts and breaking news coverage, which the community and site are now better for it.
At the end of the day, I realized that I was unable to provide the level of professional nurturing that is needed to supplement the growth in responsibilities of this position. In other words, the dynamics of both of our lives made it difficult to meet in the middle to ensure the long term future and vision of Lakers Nation.
I genuinely wish the absolute best to Daniel and look forward to reading more of his work in the near future.
Lastly, I just want to say three more words – Thank you, Daniel.