Hoop District (HD) covers the basketball Wizards of Washington, NBA events and hoops in the DC/Metro area. Each year we put together a team of basketball afficianados to provide our community with original articles, live game photography and video.
Hoop District was created in 2006 by Matt and Asad Naqvi as a message board for fans to sound off. Since 2008 we’ve covered the Wizards, NBA Draft, NBA Summer League, NBA All-Star Weekend, USA Olympics and the Goodman League, the top Pro-Am Summer League in the Nation with full media credentials.
Abdullah Sharif, Co-founder/editor-in-chief
The details of my life are quite inconsequential. I am a relentlessly self-improving sports writer from the Virginia with low-grade humor and a penchant for #Wizards basketball. I began writing for the Wizards during the height of the Young-Blatche-McGee circus and somehow managed to blog through it. I also earned a Twitter and Instagram follow from Chris Singleton. CHRIS SINGLETON! Please enjoy the site and be sure to recycle your your 3D glasses as you exit.
Twitter Handle: @Abdu11ah
Favorite all-time NBA player: Latrell Sprewell
One Prediction for the upcoming season: Kelly Oubre in short shorts viciously crossing up a defender will be the baddest Wizards highlight of the season.
Joe Glorioso, Co-founder/the other guy who takes pictures
Lifelong DC sports fan blessed with amazing opportunities because of amazing people. In no particular order everything I've done as a member of the media and as a photographer is all in part to Brian Sereno's willingness to give a little known message board a chance to cover an NBA team. Trying to continue the mission that Matt, Asad and I always had in mind for our site...to talk basketball with our community as if we were watching at a bar together. Paralysis by analysis is not really our thing. I try hard to make photography my thing.
Twitter Handle: @JoeGlo1
Favorite all-time NBA player: Magic Johnson
One Prediction for the upcoming season: I'm really terrible at the prediction thing and that's why I steer away from gambling but I'm going to say John will go back to the All-star game again, Bradley will make his first appearance and Wall will lead the league in assists this year.</div
Saam Bozorgmehr (DJ Saam)
Twitter Handle: @djbigmikedmv
One Prediction for the upcoming season: You get two predictions. The Good: Satoranski finds his way in the rotation and has a breakout year. The Bad: Locker room drama and typical Washington sports BS lead to a playoff-less season.
Twitter Handle: @ShaunAhmad
One Prediction for the upcoming season: John Wall has a career year and elevates himself into MVP discussion and best point guard in the game debates.
Jamal A. Smith
Twitter Handle: @aIRFAN_2
One Prediction for the upcoming season: John Wall will not make the All-Star team.
In Short I'm the Video guy named Will. I was born in DC and raised in Southern Maryland. I honed my journalistic skills on the highest of seven hills at the one and only Florida A&M University. Unlike that one DC native we know pretty well I decided to return home after school. Now I chop up clips here at Hoop District to bring you guys all the insider vids of your Washington Wizards. What matters most to me is family, friends, Wallstar dunks and B3AL 3’s because what else is there? Look for me on the sidelines and in the media box waiting on the next big play.
Twitter Handle: @Airhadji
Favorite all time NBA player: Allen Iverson
One Prediction for the upcoming season: Wall and Beal both make the All Star Game
I’m pretty sure I was born a female by accident. I study communications at Marymount University and intern at Comcast Sportsnet. I was born and raised in the DMV area, which usually makes for one disappointed sports fan. A genuine believer in “this is our year” at the beginning of every season for the Redskins and Wizards. I enjoy long, romantic walks through DC to the Verizon center. If ‘m cranky chances are I need a cheeseburger. I’m a crazy cat lady with a jumper. NBA league pass is life.
Twitter handle: @xo__sn
Favorite all time NBA player: Black Mamba
Wizards prediction: This is our year, Wiz will make the playoffs.
Staff Writer for Hoop District covering the Wizards. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland, College Park. Neil also covers the Washington Redskins for Breaking Burgundy and Maryland Terrapins for Testudo Times. Neil previously covered the Wizards for District Sports Page and is looking forward to bring his in-person coverage to each of the loyal Hoop District followers.
Twitter Handle: @NeilDalal96
Favorite all time NBA player: Gilbert Arenas
One Prediction for the upcoming season: Wall, Beal are All-Stars, which allows Wizards to return to playoffs
Prediction: Wall will be one of the top three league leaders in assists for the season
Brian Murphy (Homer McFanboy)
Matt Naqvi / Founder, Wizards Extreme
"The OG boss of Wizards Extreme. Nobody did SEO better, nobody ran a better message board. The guy knows his sh*t and he also happens to be one of the nicest guys on the planet." - Joe Glorioso
Twitter Handle: @HisXlency
Favorite all time NBA player: Gilberto Arenas pre-gungate
Asad Naqvi / Founder, Wizards Extreme
"If it weren't for him I wouldn't be here. I owe a lot to that guy including introducing me to a life outside of the New York Knicks" - Abdullah Sharif
Twitter Handle: @AliBomayeDMV
Favorite all time NBA player: Michael Jordan