Joel Huerto is the publisher and editor of OneManFastBreak.net, an online journal for basketball fans around the world and a partner site of SportsFanLive.com. He has been a member of the sports media for more than 20 years as a writer, copy editor, news editor and sports editor. He was one of the top news editors at the Los Angeles Daily News and Los Angeles Times, and a front page content producer at Yahoo! Inc. He began his journalism career when he was still in high school, working as a freelance writer for the Glendale News-Press in Glendale, Calif. In 1995, he became one of the youngest sports editors in the country after being promoted News-Press Sports Editor at the age of 24. Under his leadership, the News-Press sports section was a California Newspapers Publishers Association (CNPA) finalist in 1997. While at the L.A. Daily News, he collaborated with NBA writer Howard Beck in putting together the Daily News’ NBA special section for the 1999-2000 season. At the L.A. Times, he was part of an award-winning sports department that was voted first by the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) among newspapers with a circulation of 300,000 or more. As a reporter, Huerto has interviewed famous basketball personalities such as Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Derek Fisher, Patrick Ewing, Jason Kidd, and college basketball icons such as John Wooden, Lute Olson, Jim Harrick and Dick Vitale. He has covered major events such as the NBA playoffs, The Rose Bowl, NFL regular-season games and the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. From 1993-98, he covered the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers for the News-Press.
In 1999, he joined the L.A. Times sports staff as news editor and page designer. For much of his nine years at the L.A. Times, he was the lead news editor of the basketball pages and was responsible for the majority of the NBA statistical charts published in print and online. He was instrumental in the L.A. Times’ award-winning coverage of the Lakers’ championship run from 2000-2002. He has worked with award-winning journalists such as Bill Plaschke, T.J. Simers, J.A. Adande, Mark Heisler, Kurt Streeter, Helene Elliott, Robyn Norwood, Lonnie White, Jason Reid, Sam Farmer, Jonathan Abrams and Mike Bresnahan.
Huerto wrote articles for SportsFanLive.com, TheMarchtoMadness.com and OpposingViews.com.
“Basketball is my passion. Writing is another. The L.A. Lakers are my squad, but I love to watch the NBA, NCAA, Euroleague, FIBA, PBA, rec leagues, the local YMCA hoops and even 3-on-3 pickup games at the park. To me, basketball is the No. 1 sport in the world and its popularity extends beyond North America. It needs a global voice. It needs someone who can lead the break. A one-man fastbreak!”
The ultimate goal of this site is to provide in-depth commentary on any basketball related news, events or noteworthy items around the world. In addition, there will be weekly features on players, coaches and up-and-comers. OneManFastBreak.net is warmed up and ready to go. Check ball!