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Five Years Later and the Same Story Again?

May 29, 2011 by


The 2011 NBA Finals can be thought of as a re-run from a show we saw in 2006.  In 2006, the Miami Heat faced the Dallas Mavericks for the NBA Championship.   This match-up was interesting because it was the first time since 1978 that the NBA title was a contest between two cities that had […]

The Chicago Bulls Collapse — or The Heat Rise — and The Wages of Wins Network Weekend Podcast

May 28, 2011 by


Mosi Platt and I spent Friday afternoon recording another podcast (which we hope everyone will enjoy).  Before we get to the podcast and a discussion of what Mosi and I discussed (see below), let me offer some quick comments on how the Chicago Bulls have once again made me unhappy.  With three minutes to go […]

Jason Kidd is an All-Time Great Point Guard

May 26, 2011 by


The following is from Andres (Dre) Alvarez There’s no doubt that Dirk has had a big impact for the Mavs this playoffs.  But the most productive player on the team has been Jason Kidd (check out Arturo’s blog for more on this topic). And when we look at Kidd’s career, this should not be surprising. […]

What We Can Learn from Rich Cho Losing His Job

May 25, 2011 by


Some owners tend to fire coaches quickly and keep general managers around for years, even if the team doesn’t have success (see Bryan Colangelo for the latest example of this behavior). The Portland Trail Blazers, though, take the opposite approach.  Andres (Dre) Alvarez (who is co-authoring this post) made the following observation: An odd note […]

The Miami Heat Ruin a Prediction (and other notes from the Weekend Podcast)

May 23, 2011 by


Welcome to the weekend edition of the Wages of Wins Podcast Brought to you by “Small Sample Sizes”. They don’t prove anything but are a lot of fun if you want to make bold assumptions that can’t be verified. Super Stat Team Assemble! Andres Alvarez of David Berri of the Wages of Wins Journal […]

West vs. Wallace: Who was the best GM in Memphis History?

May 21, 2011 by


On Friday, Henry Abbott – at TrueHoop – made the following observation: Bringing Jerry West into the Warriors’ organization as an adviser will certainly lend credibility to the new ownership. Will it actually improve basketball decision-making? Hard to know. In his last job, he made the Grizzlies OK, but not as good as much-maligned Chris […]

Is it Possible for the Pistons to be Back in the Playoffs in 2012?

May 20, 2011 by


As I noted at the onset of the Conference Finals, I am now rooting for the Chicago Bulls.  This is a temporary condition, imposed by my desire to win the TrueHoop contest.   And as a fan of the Pistons, I am not entirely happy about this situation. In the future I hope to be rooting […]

The Sport Skeptic Comments on The Value of Scoring

May 19, 2011 by


Earlier in the week a familiar story was posted in this forum.  Although many scorers are valuable, there are scorers that can be – contrary to what you hear in the sports media – easily replaced.   Neil Paine – at Basketball-Reference – posted a comment that appeared to disagree with this argument (although if you […]

Is the NBA a Point Guard Dominated League?

May 18, 2011 by


Below is the first blog post from Shut Up and Jam, a new blog in the Wages of Wins Network from James Brocato.  Last June, James offered a post on the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Here is his bio from that post: James Brocato graduated from Washington State University in 2009.  He is currently attending Law […]

What if your team Lost its Leading Scorer?

May 17, 2011 by


A few years back the 76ers send Allen Iverson – their leading scorer – the Nuggets.  At the time, people predicted doom for the Sixers.  Philadelphia, though, actually improved without Iverson (and the Nuggets really didn’t improve with The Answer). A similar story recently played out with Carmelo Anthony.  This time it was the Nuggets […]