After 25 years of reporting and column writing at the New York Times, I have put my hand up for the current voluntary buyout program and will leave the newspaper in September after the U.S. Open. These decisions are gut-wrenching even when they are reached pragmatically as the pieces fit together.
During my quarter century at the Times (more years there than my three previous stops collectively) I grappled with the issues of the day while writing the Sports of the Times column for 15 years; covered 9 Olympics in China, Australia, Japan, among other places; spent a whole bunch of early summer fortnights at my favorite sports venue, Wimbledon; worked the French Open; panicked on deadline at a half-dozen Super Bowls, including both claimed by Eli over Brady; extolled the Jeter era Yankees during their run of 4 WS titles in 5 years; became a women's sports advocate and covered 19 of the last 20 women's basketball final fours; and of course my first and forever love, the NBA, year in, year out, including the unforgettable 1992 Dream Team in Barcelona.
I've worked with some great people, too many to list here, though I will have opportunities to thank them over the next several weeks.
I will single out one person here-thank you Neil Amdur for hiring me off the Daily News picket line in 1991, and for your support and belief in me.
What's next is uncertain, though I will continue teaching as an adjunct at Montclair State and, hopefully, writing in some capacity.
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