May 15 is the big day. A dog at this age would fool some people into thinking it was an adult, but those in the know would realized it still scampers about like a juvenile every time the wind changes.
Guess blogs age similarly to dogs.
Here are some of my favorite moments from the last year:
Almost Danish. The first post to get a lot of traffic was Kirven Blount's excellent account of trying out for professional teams in Denmark. It was the first time Jason Kottke ever linked here, and it was a thrill.
My article from the NBA Finals Program about the only major professional sports championship Portland has ever won.
A summer coup: the Blazers send me video of the private workout that made them fall in love with Martell Webster.
The William Wesley investigation has taught me so much about the NBA. Here's how it started. Here are the photos. This is probably the most important post. An interview with a Wesley client. Here's a chronology.
I have gone after various entities. Gatorade (and this and this and a response) was a favorite. And Sports Illustrated got a little for being mean to blogs. Of course, Sports Illustrated has blogs now, but I'm too mature to gloat about that.
Maybe TrueHoop is the only blog in the world to have ever featured live blogging of four NBA games at once. In the playoffs, everyone has to step up their game.
Player grabs other player's nuts. By unscientific survey, this is the post that drives the most google traffic. In second place is the autistic high-schooler scoring a lot of points. Maybe they'll both be major motion pictures one day.
Books! One of my favorite things about TrueHoop is that it gets me reading, and Juwan Howard taught me that reading is fundamental.
Roland Lazenby's book about the Lakers is startlingly complete. Not surface BS at all.
Heaven is a Playground is a very fun book to read.
Operation Yao Ming spills what beans there are to be spilled about the big fella.
My list of the best basketball books of all time already needs to be updated. I have been reading as many as I can that were recommended by the comments.