Sports Illustrated and the Wages of Win

Posted on April 22, 2007 by


In the April 23rd issue of Sports Illustrated is the following brief story (it appears on page 24):

Title: The Wages of Win

Subtitle: Breaking Story – Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness, NBA Titles

Story: The last six NBA champions have had two things in common.  They’ve played outstanding basketball, and they’ve been relatively frugal.  Since the 2000-01 season, the team that won the title had a total payroll right around the league average.  Big spenders haven’t fared nearly as well.  No team with the league’s highest total salary has won a playoff series since Portland in 2000. (In three of the past five years the team with the highest payroll has missed the playoffs — that’d be New York each time.) There’s a solid chance that that trend will be bucked this year: The Suns, the No. 2 seed in the West, had basketball’s priciest roster.

That’s the entire story.  There is no author listed, although my wife thinks I wrote this and forgot.  Pretty sure that’s not true. 

The story, though, does sound like something straight out of The Wages of Wins (except we say “Wins” and this story said “Win”).  But there is no mention of our book in the short story.  Was this story inspired by our book? One suspects this is true, but it’s hard to know for sure. 

By the way, I know I said I wasn’t going to post for 12 days.  The one exception to my hiatus is a major publication writing something that appears to be inspired by The Wages of Wins.  Assuming this doesn’t happen again, I will be back to regular posting in May. 

– DJ