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Which Dunleavy Has Underperformed?

March 31, 2009 by


A few weeks ago Bill Simmons of referred to Mike Dunleavy – head coach and general manager of the LA Clippers – as “Dumbleavy” (see A dumbfounding night in the ‘Dumbleavy Era’).  Beyond the issue of Simmons calling someone else on the planet dumb (see Speeding Up Time for Bill Simmons & I Like Bill […]

There is Not Much Difference Between Danny Granger and Kobe Bryant?

March 29, 2009 by


Chris Broussard – of ESPN the Magazine and – offered a profile of Danny Granger this past week with the following provocative title: What’s The Difference Between Danny Granger and Kobe Bryant?: Their stats suggest not much. Then again, some will tell you stats lie. Particularly when your team isn’t all that. Despite the […]

Yes, the Knicks have Improved

March 26, 2009 by


A few days ago the following article was posted by Mike Kurylo of Knickerblogger: Haven’t the Knicks Improved? Kurylo’s column was in response to an article in Pro Basketball News – Courtside View: Knicks said to be improving, but are they really? – that argued the Knicks have not really gotten better in Mike D’Antoni’s […]

2009 NCAA Tournament – The Super Sweet 16

March 24, 2009 by


Today’s guest post is yet another excellent offering from Erich Doerr, updating his analysis on the NCAA Tournament. I should note that Erich sent this to me on Sunday night, but apparently my e-mail at Southern Utah ate it for a late night snack. Fortunately Erich was able to re-send it.  As I have noted […]

Aging Billups and Telling Stories

March 22, 2009 by


On Sunday, while most basketball fans were tuned to CBS to watch the NCAA Tournament, ESPN telecast a game between the Miami Heat and Detroit Pistons.  As a fan of Detroit, I decided to look away from the tournament and look in on the Pistons basketball.  The picture was almost good.  Specifically the Pistons — […]

Drafting Auerbach

March 19, 2009 by


Thoughts this week have turned to the NCAA tournament.   At least – thanks to Erich Doerr – that has been the case in this forum. For most people – including President Barack Obama – the tournament is watched with one eye on the TV and one eye on their brackets.  While the teams battle for […]

NCAA and NIT Analysis from Erich Doerr

March 17, 2009 by


Erich Doerr’s Instant Analysis of the 2009 NCAA Tournament has proven to be quite popular.  It has been so popular that Erich has had trouble accommodating the page views.  Consequently Erich has asked that I host the tables.  So for those who had trouble accessing Erich’s tables, please see the following: NCAA Tables Table One: […]

An Instant Analysis of the 2009 NCAA Tournament

March 15, 2009 by


Today’s guest post – and instant analysis of the 2009 NCAA Tournament (posted within minutes of the brackets being announced) — is yet 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 […]

Bob Newhart, Danny Granger, and Group Therapy in Indiana

March 12, 2009 by


One of my favorite sit-coms from the 1970s is the Bob Newhart show.  Last night my wife and I put in the DVD from the fourth season of this show and watched an episode titled: The Duke of Dunk. Here is how this episode was described at It seems that even before Dennis Rodman, […]

The Same Three Year Gasol Plan in Memphis

March 10, 2009 by


Michael Heisley – owner of the Memphis Grizzlies – told a select group of Memphis fans that the Grizzlies are in the midst of a three-year plan.  Yes, in three years (or does this year count so it’s only two years?), Memphis will be a competitive team. Looking for Wins in Memphis When we look […]