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David Leonhardt Wins a Pulitzer Prize and Some Comments on NBA Coaching

April 19, 2011 by

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David Leonhardt – of the New York Times – has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize for for his graceful penetration of America’s complicated economic questions, from the federal budget deficit to health care reform. Leonhardt is known for his writing on economics. But once upon a time he also wrote about sports.   And back when […]

Revisiting Darko Milicic vs. Shaquille O'Neal

April 18, 2011 by

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Last August, Henry Abbott – of TrueHoop – made the following prediction: (Darko) Milicic will help his team more than (Shaquille) O’Neal will (help the Celtics) this upcoming season. Henry had a host of reasons behind this prediction.  A sample of reasons included Shaq’s reputation as a poor team defender, his age, and the number […]

Revisiting Darko Milicic vs. Shaquille O’Neal

April 18, 2011 by

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Last August, Henry Abbott – of TrueHoop – made the following prediction: (Darko) Milicic will help his team more than (Shaquille) O’Neal will (help the Celtics) this upcoming season. Henry had a host of reasons behind this prediction.  A sample of reasons included Shaq’s reputation as a poor team defender, his age, and the number […]

TrueHoop Smackdown in 2011

April 16, 2011 by

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Once again Henry Abbott has asked me to participate in the TrueHoop Stat Geek Smackdown.  The contest works as follows:  A number of statistically inclined persons choose the winner of each playoff series (you get five points for getting this right in each series).  In addition to choosing the winner, we also pick how long […]

The Regular Season Awards: WoW Network Style

April 15, 2011 by

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The following is from Andres (Dre) Alvarez. The season is over and it’s time for the playoffs to erase everyone’s memory of regular season records. While it’s still fresh on our mind, we can hand out the regular season award winners. While the exact standards for each award aren’t well defined, we here at the […]

The Final Anti-Awards for 2010-11

April 14, 2011 by

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Ian Levy is a Third-Grade teacher by day and amateur basketball analyst by afternoon (he usually sleeps at night). Ian suffers from a rare psychological condition known as Anti-Homeritis which renders him incapable of rooting for hometown teams. He grew up in Upstate New York and has therefore been a lifelong Indiana Pacers fan. He […]

NCAA Issues

April 13, 2011 by

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The NBA season is ending tonight, so let’s talk college sports.  Okay, let me explain. Tomorrow I am going to be presenting a paper at the Western Social Science Association meetings in Salt Lake City.  The session I am part of focuses on the NCAA.  The other three papers in the session – from Jim […]

The Thunder are Now Contenders: Does Kendrick Perkins Deserve All the Credit?

April 12, 2011 by

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Back in February the Oklahoma City Thunder sent Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic to the Boston Celtics for Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson.  At the time of this move, I expected the Thunder to be much improved.  In fact, I argued the Thunder might now be contenders.   Since this move, the Thunder have been […]

WoW Network Podcast with Links and then More Links

April 11, 2011 by

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This post – like our podcast — is in two parts. The first part is from Andres Alvarez and details the podcast from April 10th.  The second part is just a few links that needed to go up someplace (so why not make it part of a post with many links?). Super Stat Team Assemble! […]

A Mostly Familiar Story in San Antonio

April 10, 2011 by

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The Spurs have clinched the best record in the Western Conference.  And they may finish with the best record in the NBA.  But despite their lofty status in the NBA standings, the Spurs have not been a frequent topic in this forum.  In fact, the last post dedicated to the Spurs was offered on the […]