Three Short Notes

Posted on July 7, 2010 by


This morning – while mowing my lawn – I received a call from David Biderman of the Wall Street Journal.  David wished to know if LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh would actually be the most productive trio employed by a single team.  Obviously the question presumes that LeBron is going to Miami, which may or may not be true.  Regardless of LeBron’s final destination, though, Biderman’s question is an interesting thought experiment.

So I stopped mowing my lawn and went to my computer to see if I could provide an answer.  Stumbling on Wins already provides the productivity numbers of each team that won a title from 1978 to 2008.  All I needed was to update the analysis seen in the book.  Now if I was Arturo Galletti or Andres Alvarez, this task would have taken about 15 seconds (Arturo and Andres are amazing!!!).  However, it took me about an hour to provide David with an answer.  And you can see this answer in the following short story:

What If LeBron Went to Miami, Too?

Speaking of LeBron…on Thursday I am scheduled for the Hays Advantage (with Kathleen Hays) on Bloomberg Radio.  Kathleen and I are scheduled to talk at 1:30pm EST (and you can listen live on-line) about LeBron and what he means to the team that ultimately gets to employ him next season.

And finally… Jonathan Weiler – author of Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics – has written a column for Huffington Post examining the relative treatment of Amare Stoudemire and David Lee.   While we wait for LeBron, this post might be worth discussing.

– DJ