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Is Frank Responsible for the Nets Misery?

November 30, 2009 by


Unemployment is a pressing concern in this nation.  And the New Jersey Nets aren’t helping.  After starting the season with 16 consecutive losses the Nets have decided to let Lawrence Frank join the ranks of the unemployed.  But is the head coach the reason this team is winless? As always, let’s look at the numbers. […]

Should Allen Iverson go Home?

November 29, 2009 by


Okay, I couldn’t resist commenting on the story that the Philadelphia 76ers might bring Iverson back.  Here is how my latest at Huffington Post Sports begins: The 2009-10 NBA season began with Allen Iverson – the Answer – playing for the Memphis Grizzlies. After coming off the bench for three games, though, Iverson and the […]

The Brilliant Mr. Jennings and the Charging Bucks

November 26, 2009 by


Here is my latest for Huffington Post Sports: Upon graduating high school in 2008 Brandon Jennings made an unusual move. Although he had a scholarship to the University of Arizona, Jennings decided to skip college and sign a contract to play professional basketball in Italy. Skeptics derided the move when it was announced. And after […]

How Good is Kevin Durant and the Thunder?

November 25, 2009 by


Last October this was quite the debate.  Just to recap: The media and coaches have always liked Durant.  He was a top pick in the draft and voted to the All-Rookie team by the coaches.  And the media said he was Rookie of the Year in 2008. John Hollinger’s Player Efficiency Rating has also always […]

Finding Happiness with the New Jersey Nets

November 24, 2009 by


My latest column for the Huffington Post focuses on the woeful New Jersey Nets: Fans of the New Jersey Nets can’t be a happy bunch these days. Thirteen games have been played and the team has still failed to taste victory. Happiness, though, is often driven by relative standing. Sure, some folks are better off […]

The Story of the 2009-10 Season Might Just be Happening in Atlanta

November 19, 2009 by


Last season the Atlanta Hawks finished with the 4th best record in the Eastern Conference.  Such a mark gave this team home-court advantage in the first round.  After barely defeating the Miami Heat, the Hawks then were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round. In the off-season the Hawks made very few changes.  […]

Steven Pinker, Malcolm Gladwell, and Me

November 19, 2009 by


A few days ago I was reading Marginal Revolution and I came across the following: Pinker reviews Gladwell. A few months ago I saw Steven Pinker – a Harvard psychologist — in a rather lengthy interview on C-SPAN.  After the interview I ordered Pinker’s latest book: The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into […]

On the Other Hands, Maybe Sports Make Us Happy

November 18, 2009 by


On the Other Hand, Maybe Sports Make Us Happy.  This is the title of my latest for Huffington Post Sports.  Here is how the column begins: Harry Truman once asked if he could have only “one-armed economists.” This is because too often economists told President Truman, “on the other hand…” Although I am sure some […]

Yes it is Early – But Portland is the Best in the West

November 17, 2009 by


Who is the best team in the West?  If we consider preseason hype, it’s the Lakers.  If we consider won-loss record, it’s the surprising Phoenix Suns.  But if we consider efficiency differential (offensive efficiency minus defensive efficiency), the top team is the Portland Trail Blazers.  Yes, the Phoenix Suns have the best record (9-2).  The […]

How Did Sacramento Improve?

November 15, 2009 by


The Sacramento Kings are one of the worst teams in the NBA.  That would have been the consensus of most NBA observers before the 2009-10 season began.  In fact, I asked in October: Will the Kings be Crowned the Worst Team in 2009-10? Explaining Expectations Reviewing the Kings potential depth chart before the season began, it’s […]