Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Brothers Turn Passion for the NBA into a Blog

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Brothers Turn Passion for the NBA into a Blog

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HILLSDALE -- When they were younger, Michael and Christian Vargas would wake up every morning at 6 to watch Sports Center on ESPN to catch up on the latest NBA news, scores and highlights.

Little did the brothers know that the hours spent watching the daily sports program would plant the seeds in their minds for NBABrothers.com -- an increasingly popular basketball-centric blog run by the boys that boasts interviews with NBA players, top draft picks, street ball players and even NBA executives.

NBABrothers.com launched in 2012 when the two brothers, who live in Hillsdale, realized they needed an outlet for their daily arguments over which NBA players had better statistics or what team would win each night.

Since its launch, the website has gathered more than 800 followers on Twitter and has conducted interviews with NBA players such as Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker, former NBA All- Star Gilbert Arenas, San Antonio Spurs first-round draft pick Kyle Anderson, and NBA Development League player J.R. Inman all nestled in-between 9-year-old Christian and 13-year-old Michael's playoff predictions, draft analysis or daily thoughts on basketball.

"I've loved basketball since the day I was born," said Michael, who will start eighth grade at George White Middle School this fall. "At this point, my knowledge of the game's history stretches back to 1947 -- because that's the year the NBA started."

When they aren't typing up their opinions on basketball news, posting videos of their latest interviews, researching NBA player statistics, or reaching a wider blog audience on Twitter or Instagram, Michael and Christian eat, breathe and sleep basketball.

"I can't eat a snack without a basketball game being on," Michael said. "I sleep with the TV on. If some news comes up or some game has a big finish my eyes just automatically open to watch it."

It was that passion that lead to the creation of the website, and now the two brothers spend even their free time researching players on the internet, reading newspaper box scores or watching NBA TV.

The brothers have traveled to Rucker Park in New York City to talk with players and were even interviewed on CBS Radio's "Average Joe Show" in Massachusetts about the website. …

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