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Another Attack on Conventional Wisdom? Reviewing the Rookie Season of Larry Bird

August 30, 2007 by


Yesterday I argued that it’s possible that the Seattle SuperSonics, despite the loss of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, might improve this next season.  And if that happens, we can expect much of the credit will go to rookie Kevin Durant, even if – as the post argued – it’s the plethora of average veterans […]

Two Great Entries at The Sports Economist

August 30, 2007 by


In addition to writing at The Wages of Wins Journal, I occasionally offer a comment at The Sports Economist. The Sports Economist is a blog created by Raymond (Skip) Sauer, a professor of economics at Clemson University. Skip put together a roster of sports economists to offer posts, which both spreads out the workload and […]

Connecting Seattle Past to Seattle Present

August 30, 2007 by


Two days ago I wrote a column on “The Human Eraser”, Marvin Webster.  This post argued that Webster was the most productive player on a Sonics team that went to the NBA Finals.  Yesterday I examined how the Sonics lost Webster, again their best player, but still managed to win the NBA title in 1979. […]

How to Lose Your Best Player and Win a Title

August 28, 2007 by


Today I want to continue where I left off yesterday, discussing the Sonics team that won the title in 1979.The Sonics played for the title in 1978 but were defeated in seven games by the Washington Bullets.  As detailed in Table One, the 1977-78 squad was led by The Human Eraser, Marvin Webster (the subject […]

The Story of the Human Eraser

August 27, 2007 by


Recent developments in Seattle suggest that the SuperSonics may soon be departing.  As an economist I should say something about what Seattle should do to keep this team (Seattle shouldn’t do much) or what Oklahoma City should be willing to do to attract this franchise (again, not much), but today I want to take a […]

Ranking the Michigan Alumni

August 26, 2007 by


Last week I posted a less than serious examination of the best NBA players to graduate from the University of Arizona.  The post was a response to the assertion from Gilbert Arenas that he was the best Arizona Wildcat in the Association. As occasionally happens, Henry Abbott – whose mission in life is to report […]

Detroit History and an Accusation of Initialism

August 25, 2007 by


Let me start this post by noting that I was born in Detroit in 1969.  So I was born a fan of Detroit sports, and although I currently live in California, still follow Detroit sports to this day.  If you are not a fan of Detroit, this post may not be your favorite.  Well, at […]

Wait! Wait! Don’t Lie to Me

August 23, 2007 by


The Al Franken Show (which was broadcast on Air America) would have a game show each Friday called “Wait! Wait! Don’t Lie to Me.”  Hosted by both Al Franken and columnist Joe Conason, the game consisted of a statement being played for a caller.  The caller then had to decide if the person making […]

Ranking Agent Zero and the Arizona Alumni

August 22, 2007 by


On Monday, Henry Abbott at TrueHoop discussed the rivalry between Gilbert Arenas and Richard Jefferson. This discussion linked to Agent Zero’s blog at In a discussion of Jason Gardner’s wedding, attended by both Arenas and Jefferson, Arenas offered the following observation: It really was a great time. Me and Richard, for some reason, always […]

The Dream Team is Back

August 21, 2007 by


Okay, not really.  But the latest edition of the Dream Team is the best we have seen since 1996.  So there is hope that Team USA can take the gold medal in 2008. To see why we should be optimistic, let’s review the history of the Dream Team.The first Dream Team – and some say, […]