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The NBA Assistant Coaches Make Love Angry

January 29, 2009 by


According to Don Seeholzer of the Pioneer Press, Kevin Love is angry. (HT TrueHoop) “That rookie-sophomore (bull),” Love said. “I’m sorry to say, but that’s what it was. I was pretty upset today about it, but I’m not going to let that drag into the future at all. There’s always next year. Pardon my French, […]

Magic Johnson and Chris Paul

January 27, 2009 by


On Monday night the New Orleans Hornets were the last team to reach 41 games played.  With every team at 41 games, I can now begin my analysis of the NBA at the mid-point of the 2008-09 season.  Before I get to that, though, here are some brief comments on the Hornets (I will start […]

Finally the Final 2008 Football Rankings

January 25, 2009 by


Just prior to the last game of the 2008 NFL regular season, Brian Burke – of Advanced NFL Stats (one of the best statistical sites on the web) – posted the following comment: Dave Berri from Wages of Wins posted his weekly QB and RB rankings based on econometric models like my own. Note who […]

Talking Stars and Teamwork with Henry Abbott

January 23, 2009 by


Last night I was watching the Orlando Magic play the Boston Celtics on TNT.  At halftime a heated argument (at least it looked heated) took place between Kenny Smith and Chris Webber.  Essentially, Smith argued that how your team performs should impact whether or not you are placed on the All-Star team.  C-Webb vehemently disagreed […]

An Early Look at the 2009 NCAA Tournament and the 2009 NBA Draft

January 22, 2009 by


Today’s guest post is another excellent offering from Erich Doerr .  Erich first contacted me prior to the 2006 NBA Draft with a statistical preview in hand.  Each subsequent year has seen improvement in the depth and breadth of his analysis. Outside of his basketball writing, Erich does consulting work for major software products by […]

A Decline in Dallas and an Odd Link Between the Mavericks and the White House

January 20, 2009 by


Last September I made the argument that Jason Kidd Really Did Help the Mavericks in 2007-08.  My argument – summarized below — was based almost entirely on efficiency differential (offensive efficiency minus defensive efficiency).     What does efficiency differential tell us about the Kidd acquisition?  At the time of the trade Dallas had a differential of […]

Hope in Last Place

January 18, 2009 by


The NBA season is almost half over (Tuesday night is the official midpoint).  Given the relative consistency we see in basketball (relative to football and baseball), teams that are currently at the bottom of the standings should probably be making plans for the lottery.  In other words, the Washington Wizards – who currently reside in […]

Bad Days in Sacramento and the Hawks Sort of Soar

January 15, 2009 by


A few days ago I was asked by a journalist to comment on the Sacramento Kings.  Specifically, I was asked why the value of this franchise isn’t what it used to be. The explanation offered by some (like people associated with the Kings) is that the economy in Sacramento is the problem. Although I think […]

The Repetitive Spurs

January 13, 2009 by


According to, boring is defined as follows: To make weary by being dull, repetitive, or tedious.  Given this definition, I think the Spurs are somewhat boring.  Consider the following: For the past five seasons this team has won between 56 and 63 regular season games. The team’s Wins Produced for the past five seasons […]

Devin Harris Takes Many Shots and the Nets Improve Slightly

January 11, 2009 by


The New Jersey Nets – led by Dr. J. — won the final ABA championship in 1976.  The next season – without Dr. J. – the Nets won only 22 games in their inaugural NBA campaign. That first NBA season proved to be a harbinger of things to come.  In the first 25 years this […]