Folks, as the title alludes, we are beginning something special here! I mean, not that it wasn’t special before… as some of you may or may not know; SON, your fearless leader (it works because he’s Korean and it’s not racist because I am also sorta-kinda Korean. Half. It’s enough. Maybe.) has recently stepped back as the Editor-in-Chief here at Razz Basketball so he can concentrate on other things. I believe he’s starting a research project on Kyrie Irving’s life story and its effect on global warming and Israel. A riveting subject to be honest.

Anyways, the point is, we are just going to be doing a different kind of special. As we move towards the new season, you, the readership, might have certain questions. First and foremost, why me? Well, that question is better left for our mustache’d-overlord Grey. The question you really should be asking is– why should I read you? Which makes you sound like a telepath. From the future. Where there are dragons with lasers. Which sounds pretty cool, until you realize there are dragons with lasers reigning terror down from the sky. Which is not cool. It’s horrifying.

See? You just read me. Did you feel a tingling anywhere? That’s your soul (it better be your soul!) saying: “You don’t need to know why, I know why, in ways that you will never understand, so go forth on this journey, and I shall accompany you. And we will be one with the Jay.” You got a deep soul there, yo.

Some other questions might follow, more serious questions, like, what is my pedigree… what makes me a “Fantasy Basketball Expert” and what can I expect for the 2023-24 season? Let’s go over those, shall we?

1) What is my pedigree, what makes me a Fantasy Basketball Expert?

Simply put, I have no pedigree. They don’t teach college courses on this stuff. Whether they should (yes, they should) is probably irrelevant, but suffice it to say, I hold no certification that proves my prowess as a Fantasy Basketball owner. And to be totally honest with you, I hate the title ‘Fantasy Expert’. Unless we are talking about porn that is. I made my own certification of accomplishment for that. Framed too. But in terms of fantasy sports, and I’m sure I’ve touched on this over at the baseball and football side of Razz, I admonish that title. I am no expert. I am no super-stat-computer X’s and O’s hero that flies around in spandex. I’m just like you, I walk around in my spandex. The only difference is– I write about it. Fantasy Sports. Not walking around in spandex.

I enjoy the successes and learn from the failures, and I constantly explore the value of trying to improve and welcome any and all feedback. I’ve been with Razzball for over 10 years and have enjoyed every minute of it. I invite you to hang out with me again, if only because I still have plenty of “yo momma” jokes left…

2) What can you expect for the 2023-24 season?

Not too much will change. We’ll still have the rankings. We’ll still have a majority of the series you’ve known come to know and love, and lose countless hours of production-value to. You’ll, of course see small ripples, little changes, different styles here and there. And, yeah, new things will pop up once-and-awhile. From a macro view, I believe change is good. But the level of change and the speed of change is always determining factor. Let’s see how 2023 shapes up and go from there.

And as I mentioned above, my door is always open. (Not really, that’s a major security issue. My box is always open. E-mail box! Ahem.) If you’d like to offer a suggestion, complain about something, give a shout-out, send a haiku that professes your love… you can always hit me up at [email protected] or leave a comment in any thread.

While all of us writers contribute here for different reasons, I can tell you that I’m here because I love writing. I’ve been writing my whole life, and I’ve only mainly written for myself and Razzball. But after all these years, I’m still in awe that I’m not the only one that reads my own scribbling’s. There’s my mom. And probably a distant cousin sometimes. There was this hobo at an internet cafe I think. So all four of us. Regardless, you readers are a big part of this, and I want to make sure you know that!

The truth of the matter is, while I’m here, while all of us are here, my main goal is to build a readership that enjoys a bit of analysis, a bit of outlandishness, all without the over-commercialization and minutiae that you might find at other platforms. If that sounds like something you can dig, well, welcome!

If that’s something you don’t want to be a part of, just make sure you click an ad on your way out, and say hello to your mother for me.

Just kidding. I’ll call her myself.