Originally Posted by bdreason
A born-and-raised New Yorker who still lives and works out of NYC, Inside Hoops founder Jeffrey Lenchiner attended world famous Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art in Manhattan; better known as the "Fame" school, where he excelled in math and science while developing as a musician. Jeff shared hallways with Jennifer Aniston, Adrien Brody, Carl Payne ("Cockroach" from Cosby Show), Adrian Grenier (Vince of HBO's Entourage), Yunjin Kim (Asian chick on Lost), Tichina Arnold ("Pam" from Martin), Rory Cochrane (Dazed and Confused, Empire Records), Bokeem Woodbine (lots of stuff) and shared classes with Omar Epps, Marlon Wayans and others who went on to make a name for themselves. Other alumni of the school are Al Pacino, Wesley Snipes, Billy Dee Williams, Slick Rick, Dana Dane, MC Serch (3rd Bass), Hal Linden, Ben Vereen, Suzanne Vega, Eartha Kitt, Janis Ian and Bela Fleck. He worked in music for 10 summers as a kid, working in public relations, then moving into a recording studio and learning production, as well as hosting FM classic rock and AM talk radio shows.
In college, Jeff studied electrical and mechanical engineering, and advanced mathematics.
For his first year and a half after finishing college, looking to travel as much as possible, Jeff took three trips around Europe, exploring dozens of famous cities and towns.
After a few years of working for financial firms, Jeff got into journalism and began writing basketball stories for a major overseas magazine, doing a major cover story on then-rookie Kobe Bryant, and becoming the main U.S. NBA writer for what at the time was Australia's only famous basketball publication.
In late 1999, Jeff decided to shake life up, and over the next few months he moved on from working in finance, got out of his NYC apartment lease, bought a laptop, started InsideHoops.com, and flew to the other side of the world. Beginning a trip that had no end in sight, Jeff flew to Australia and spent six months traveling the entire East coast of the continent. He started in Sydney, spent a month learning to surf in a legendary mecca called Byron Bay, kept the habit going in Surfer's Paradise, and continued to travel north from New South Wales to Queensland, eventually going north enough where surfing ends and the Great Barrier Reef begins. Jeff spent about two months getting to know the wonders of explorating ancient coral reef and seeing life below the ocean surface.
When not having fun, meeting people and enjoying paradise, Jeff kept building InsideHoops.com up. It began to develop a cult following.
In late 2000 Jeff left Australia and lived in Los Angeles for almost one year. By then, InsideHoops.com had a solid readership and a terrific reputation as a leading source of fun, educated basketball opinions. Jeff began doing radio interviews. The website kept growing. Inside Hoops was becoming famous.
Jeff finally returned to New York City in mid 2001.
Now in 2009, Inside Hoops is one of the world's most popular sports websites. It's a trusted media outlet and the web's most well-established pro basketball website. Jeff has contacts and sources across every level of basketball. And at this point, if someone doesn't know Inside Hoops, they've been living in a hole.
A regular guest on major radio stations around the country, Jeff has been interviewed nationwide on ABC radio, nationwide on Fox Sports radio, worldwide on BBC, on lots of ESPN affiliates, across Canada on "Team Radio," on famous WFAN radio in New York, and elsewhere, hundreds of times. Jeff is also interviewed on television occasionally and has been on local New York City news, nationwide on VH1's "Fabulous Life of Hoop Superstars," quoted on TNT television during the NBA playoffs, on NBA TV repeatedly, etc. At 6'3", 200 lbs, hailing from New York, the point guard of Inside Hoops... Jeff Lenchiner
Since 2006, Jeff has contributed regularly to HOOP,
the NBA's official magazine. He also wrote almost all of the All-Star player profiles for the official 2007 NBA All-Star weekend event program. For 2008 All-Star weekend he wrote the event program's article on Team USA. In the summer of 2007, while still keeping InsideHoops.com updated daily during the offseason, Jeff spent around three months traveling Europe, spending two weeks in Paris, 1.5 weeks in Amsterdam, 1.5 weeks in Florence, and around 5-6 days in Berlin, Vienna, Rome, Venice, Cannes, the Swiss Alps and elsewhere.
In March of 2008, Jeff operated Inside Hoops out of South Beach, Miami.
Jeff returned to Europe again for the full summer of 2008, spending around a week in each of the following places: Lisbon, Madrid, Sevilla, Barcelona, Nice (with time in Antibes and Monte Carlo), the Swiss alps (two weeks of hiking), Munich, Prague, Berlin and Amsterdam, with quicker stopovers in Milan, Zurich and Cologne.
In February of 2009, Jeff will leave NYC's extra cold winter behind for a while and operate Inside hoops out of San Francisco.
While Jeff does travel a lot, during the NBA season he's always in an NBA city and covering the league from the press box, constantly interviewing the biggest stars in pro basketball and delivering the best NBA content on the internet.
To get Jeff on your radio or television show, email editor at insidehoops dot com for interviews on anything NBA-related worth discussing.