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August 2006

50,000 hits

Just noticed that in the past few hours The Wages of Wins Journal has passed 50,000 hits. Our blog has only existed since April. So that means we are averaging more than 10,000 hits per month. Not sure how that compares to the other blogs we enjoy, but it sounds …

Choosing a Player of the Game

Generally I like the columns of Steve Kerr.  In fact, a few weeks ago I liked what Steve Kerr had to say so much I repeated the same statement from Kerr twice (see HERE). Yesterday, though, in his summary of Team USA’s game against Germany, he argued that the player …

The Cleveland Cavaliers in 2005-06

If we are going in alphabetical order, then after Charlotte should come Chicago.  Chicago, who is featured prominently in The Wages of Wins, has already been reviewed in a previous post on Ben Gordon. So there seems no need for another post on the Bulls. Consequently this post is about …

Everybody Has a Bad Game

A few days ago I noted that only one player for Team USA has been above average in each and every game. That player was Chris Paul. Well, against Australia on Sunday Mr. Paul posted the following numbers: In 23 minutes he took five field goals and only hit one. …

The Charlotte Bobcats in 2005-06

If you are a fan of the Bobcats, this post might be disappointing.  It is not because I will say anything too distressing about the team from Charlotte. Rather, it is because I wish to spend most of this post talking about Bernie Bickerstaff and the Denver Nuggets. Bernie Bickerstaff …

The New York Times, Once Again

Martin Schmidt has written another Keeping Score column for the New York Times.  In “Numbers Often Lie When It Comes to Football” Marty makes a point we make in the ninth chapter of The Wages of Wins.  Unlike baseball and basketball, the statistics tracked for players in the NFL are …

Harrington’s Not Stojakovic Either

On Wednesday I commented on the Pacers signing of Al Harrington.  Chad Ford at ESPN – in an Insider article – has argued that signing Harrington is one of the better moves any NBA team made this summer.  Given Harrington’s productivity in his career, this seems a difficult position to …

The Boston Celtics in 2005-06

Paul Pierce is a good player.  Okay, he is a great player.  In 2005-06 he produced 17.3 wins, which ranked 12th in the NBA.  And last year was not a fluke.  Pierce has already produced more than 100 wins in his career and has never posted a level of productivity …

Al Harrington Finally Signs

The Al Harrington free agent story, which I discussed previously HERE and HERE, has finally come to a close.  According to ESPN, Harrington has signed a four year contract worth $35.3 million.   Towards the end of the ESPN story was the following paragraph:   “Atlanta’s reluctance to deal with the …