Sixers Adam Bids Farewell To The Ricky
It is a bittersweet moment for me, as I announce that this is my final story for The Rights To Ricky Sanchez.
Adam Aaronson, whose legal name is Sixers Adam (@SixersAdam on Twitter), covers the Sixers for The Rights To Ricky Sanchez. He believes cantaloupe is the best food in existence, and is brought to you by the Official Realtor of The Process, Adam Ksebe.
It is a bittersweet moment for me, as I announce that this is my final story for The Rights To Ricky Sanchez. Working for The Ricky for nearly four years has been an absolute thrill, an experience I enjoyed every single day. While I will be covering the Sixers at a new home soon, my time with all of you here has come to an end.
I was 17 years old when I got a text that blew my mind. The text was from Spike, who I had been listening to on the pod religiously for years. He told me he saw great potential in me as a writer and that he wanted to bring me on board.
I was stunned. Why would an entity so good and so well-established like this one mess around with hiring a teenager? In any case, it was an absolute no-brainer for me to join the family -- and boy did it all live up to my expectations.
I was with The Ricky for just about four seasons, and I have spent the last three covering the team in person at the arena. That opportunity has changed my life dramatically, giving me incredible experiences way ahead of schedule.
All of this time into it, those experiences are still surreal for me. It was once unbelievable for me to see that Andrew Unterberger, perhaps my favorite Sixers writer, had sent me an email about working on stories together. AU and I have collaborated many times since then, and he’s become a great friend. And yet deep down, it is still hard for me to fathom all of it. Ditto for Mike O’Connor, whose work I will gladly put against anyone else’s. I have become incredibly close with Spike and Mike. I have gotten to work with and become friends with CJ, work with another great friend in Zo, and get yelled at online for my food takes by Abbie. I have gotten to team up with Adam Ksebe and our other great sponsors. I wouldn't trade any of that for the world.
It has been a long time, yet as I reflect on it now, all of this becomes a blur. I have changed in a lot of ways, but who you truly are never goes away. As I cover another Sixers home opener this weekend, somehow a veteran of the beat, I will still remember the wide-eyed version of myself who just couldn’t believe how damn tall everybody was.
As I sit here now finishing up my college career, I am the same kid who was literally sitting in a high school study hall when Spike officially made me an offer to join the team.
And so, as I continue my journey in this beautiful and horrific Sixers universe, I will carry with me so many experiences that I had and so many lessons that I learned as a proud member of The Rights To Ricky Sanchez.
One last time, from the bottom of my heart: thank you.