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InsideHoops.com, the largest and most popular pro basketball web site on the internet, invites you to contribute articles. If you're a fan, we're happy to post fan editorials. If you're a freelancer or aspiring writer, contributing to InsideHoops.com is the smartest thing you can do to promote yourself and be read by lots of people. And if you're a professional, use InsideHoops.com to say what your newspaper/magazine doesn't give you the space to say. Whether you contribute one article or want to be involved on a regular basis, as long as you know your stuff and can put a paragraph together, there's a place for you on this website.

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InsideHoops.com mostly covers the NBA. We do also cover top events in college and high school basketball, streetball, the WNBA, smaller leagues like the NBDL, CBA and USBL, and international basketball. We're always growing and expanding our coverage.

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Everyone with a basketball brain can get involved with InsideHoops.com. If you're a fan with something to say, you're invited to contribute a fan editorial. If you're an aspiring writer, contributing to InsideHoops.com is the smartest thing you can do to get your name out there. Freelancers are also invited to use InsideHoops.com as the ultimate tool for promoting yourself. And professional writers who simply want to voice something their current employer doesn't give them the space for are invited to be a part of what we've built here.

Joining the actual InsideHoops.com staff is reserved only for top professionals. Anyone using the actual InsideHoops.com name in the media world covers basketball for a full-time living and is a proven, trusted expert. But there is plenty of room on this ship for "fan correspondents" as well as contributors from all corners of the basketball world. Have an idea for a column? Propose it to us. If you're professional, we'll present it as professional content. If you're a fan, that's cool; we'll let everyone know that an educated fan has something to say.

Bottom line, whether you just love basketball, or you make a living that somehow involves it, there's a place for you on InsideHoops.com.

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