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Reading Opening Lines, Pinky Probes, and L-Bombs

March 23, 2008 by

5 is a website created by Andrew Feinstein, a Nuggets fan and a co-creator of the comic strip – Girls and Sports (see below):   A few weeks ago Feinstein and I had a conversation via our respective blogs.  For those who do not wish to read the following posts Fire George Karl? At last! Algorithms to explain […]

Average Alston and Remarkable Rondo

March 20, 2008 by


Last summer the Rockets went in search of a new point guard.  The team traded for Mike James.  They drafted Aaron Brooks.  They signed Steve Francis.  And they hoped someone would take Rafer Alston off their hands. But after 68 games this season, Alston not only remains on the team, he has started every game […]

The Best Bench in the NBA and Serious Thoughts on the Earl Lloyd Story

March 18, 2008 by


John Davis and Deven Khrucell are the hosts of Pistonscast – Detroit Pistons Podcast.  Earlier this week – as the following announcement from their website indicates –both John and Deven interviewed me for the latest edition of their show.   Tuesday March 18th’s episode, entitled “Why the Detroit Pistons Have the Best Bench: The Numbers Don’t […]

Kobe and T-Mac Again

March 17, 2008 by


Two months ago I wrote a column comparing Tracy McGrady and Kobe Bryant. At the time, Kobe was playing for one of the top teams in the Western Conference.  T-Mac, though, was playing for a team struggling to make the playoffs. In that post I argued that we need to separate a player from his […]

An Instant Analysis of the NCAA Tournament

March 16, 2008 by


The following is a quick guest post from WoW Journal reader Erich Doerr. Erich used the Win Score metric to investigate the top prospects for the 2007 NBA Draft. He also provided similar analysis in a first glance at the 2008 draft.  In this post, Erich provides an analysis of who should be the favorites […]

Rashard Lewis and the WoW Club

March 15, 2008 by


In the March 17th issue of Sports Illustrated is an interview of Rashard Lewis (by Chris Mannix). In this interview Lewis notes the following: “I read all the negative articles about my contract.  I know the pressure is on me to score every night.” In sum, Lewis believes people want the player who is paid […]

Henry Abbott and the Numbers Say Kobe is Wrong

March 14, 2008 by


Often Henry Abbott – of TrueHoop – reports statistical analysis posted in this forum. This morning, I am going to post the following statistical analysis by Abbott. Kobe Bryant has asserted that he would post better numbers if he played in the Eastern Conference. As you can see, Abbott doesn’t just disagree with Kobe Bryant. Abbott notes that the […]

Eva Longoria and the Declining Spurs

March 13, 2008 by


The San Antonio Spurs currently have a record of 44-20.  Across 82 games, such a record projects to 56 wins, or just two fewer regular season wins than the Spurs had last season when it eventually took the NBA title. So it looks like the Spurs in 2007-08 – despite losing badly to the Hornets […]

The Return of the Birdman

March 11, 2008 by


As the following posts illustrate, The New Orleans Hornets have been a frequent topic of conversation in this forum. The Unsurprising Hornets [March 2, 2008] Chris Paul, Deron Williams, and the Surprising Hornets? [January 30, 2008] The Best One-Two Punch in the Association [January 9, 2008] Deron Williams for MVP? [December 5, 2007] And with each of these posts […]

Riley Scouts Eric Gordon?

March 9, 2008 by


Pat Riley – head coach of the Miami Heat – was watching basketball on Sunday.  This is not unusual for an NBA coach.  What is unusual is that he was personally watching a college game.  Apparently Riley has decided that coaching an NBA team is not enough of a challenge, so he has taken it […]