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The Sonics are Leaving Seattle and I Steal from the Sports Economist

February 17, 2008 by


According to an Associated Press article, the Sonics are leaving Seattle. Here is how the story begins: Sorry Seattle, there is no saving your Sonics. That’s the feeling of NBA commissioner David Stern, who said Saturday he expects the Seattle SuperSonics to leave the city, either this year or when their lease expires in 2010. […]

Marty Burns Ranks the Best

February 15, 2008 by


This past week I have been traveling about the country.  So my attention to the Wages of Wins Journal has waned a bit.  Thursday night, though, I finally got home.  And once I got home (and said hi to my wife and daughters), my thoughts turned back to this forum (at least, eventually).  All I […]

The Assistant Coaches Choose the Best?

February 13, 2008 by


The All-Star game starters are chosen by the fans.  The All-Star reserves are chosen by the coaches.  And the assistant coaches get to choose the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge rosters.  Previously I looked at the choices of the fans and coaches in terms of Wins Produced.  Today I am going to offer my review of the […]

Roger Clemens, Steroids, and Bringing People Together

February 11, 2008 by


Did Roger Clemens take steroids? The following paragraph appeared in the New York Times this Sunday: Last week, Roger Clemens made the rounds on Capitol Hill to rebut charges by Brian McNamee, his former trainer, that he used steroids and human growth hormone late in his career. In addition, Clemens’s agents from Hendricks Sports Management […]

Semi-Random Weekend Thoughts

February 9, 2008 by


Here are a few semi-random weekend thoughts: More on Shaq and Marion A few days ago I posted a comment on the Shaq trade.  In this column was the following argument: Let’s imagine that Shaq and Steve Kerr are right.  The issue was a lack of motivation in Miami and in Phoenix Shaq will return […]

Questions about Memphis

February 8, 2008 by


Today’s post is devoted to questions about the Memphis Grizzlies.  I would emphasize, all I have here are questions.  For the answers you have to go someplace else. Let me explain.  Shades of Blue is a site devoted to this team. Although this site is quite new, I think it is already one of the […]

Thoughts on the Shaq Trade

February 7, 2008 by


The Phoenix Suns have traded Shawn Marion (and Marcus Banks) for Shaquille O’Neal.  Scanning the coverage of this story, a consensus has emerged. The Trade Consensus and Wins Produced 1. The Phoenix Suns currently have the best record in the Western Conference. 2. Marion is younger, cheaper, and more productive than Shaq. 3. Given #2, […]

The Bucks Are Stopped Here and Now

February 5, 2008 by


Before the season started I offered a crude forecast of the playoff picture in each conference.  In the West I was quite specific.  I saw eight teams that were clearly better than everyone else.  And at the midpoint of this year, those eight teams – Phoenix, New Orleans, San Antonio, LA Lakers, Dallas, Utah, Denver, […]

More Analysis at the Midpoint and a Brief Comment on the Gasol Trade

February 4, 2008 by


A few days ago I presented a list with every player’s Wins Produced at the midpoint of the 2007-08 season.  This column extends that conversation by reporting what each team looked like across the first half of year.  This story begins with Table One, which reports the summation of Wins Produced for each team in […]

Weekend Bullets for February 2-3

February 3, 2008 by


Last week I provided a column that was so weak I thought it was a good idea to provide links to people who had better insights.  The list of links led a couple of people to ask if I could post links on a regular basis.  So this weekend I thought I would give it a […]