HoopsHype Mark Heisler rumors
Mark Heisler joins the migration of ex-Los Angeles Times names to the Register in Orange County. Heisler left as the Times's longtime NBA writer somewhat loudly in 2011. At the Register he will do a weekly column and the NBA rankings. Sports editor Todd Harmonson posted the move on SportsJournalists.com, along with the hiring of a new NBA beat writer. LA Observed
Mark Heisler: In a personal note, I’m delighted to be back at HoopsHype, which I dropped at the insistence of my paper, the Los Angeles Times, before it told me I have to stop writing for them, too. This is a sentimental journey for me. It’s the last story I’m typing out on my Times laptop, a trusty (?) Dell Latitude D420, before dropping it off (sob) today, along with my ID card. Actually, I’m totally cool. I’m not upset with the paper, or any more than I was. For all our internecine skirmishing and bitching, I spent 32 years working alongside, everyone in the sports department, having more fun than we realized, and/or wearing them out, for which they almost all forgave me, I think. I was only going to work one more season and I just got paid through April. As far as I’m concerned, I just got martyred (sports writer version, not Joan of Arc), with severance! I plan to keep writing here, for Truthdig.com and who knows where? HoopsHype
Mark Heisler: DON'T CRY FOR ME: I'm totally cool. I was working 1 more, now getting paid to April so I just got martyrdom (well, a little) with severance! THANKS TO MY BOSS MIKE JAMES and everyone who put up w/my BS. My thoughts are with y'all who sweat blood daily, trying to preserve what was AND THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR THE NICE WORDS. For all my friends in the sports writer biz, you're what made doing this special Twitter
NBA writer Mark Heisler is out, according to a source, as are other familiar bylines. I've heard a few names, as has Kevin, and we're trying to sort it out. But clearly this is a big round of staff cuts, in number as well as stature. Farewell notes are already going around. LA Observed
Jonathan Abrams: Fortunate that Mark Heisler is a mentor. Him not doing his national thing is a loss for journalism and hoops. Twitter
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