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November 2007

Re-Hashing Durant, Melo, and Stack

Kevin Durant has become a popular topic in this forum.  So far the following columns have featured his exploits. July 12, 2007: Looking Back at the NBA Draft, Part Two July 7, 2007: Disappointing Durant July 21, 2007: Durant Disappoints Again October 31, 2007: Will Kevin Durant Be the Best Rookie? November 16, 2007: …

The Top Rookies, Again

Way back on November 16 I posted the following column: Choosing the Best Rookie in November Almost two weeks have passed since this comment, so clearly it’s time to write an update on the rookies (sarcasm alert). This time I want to build upon the weekly rankings of top rookies provided …

Are the Dallas Mavericks Doomed?

The Dallas Mavericks won 67 games last year.  Generally when teams win this many games the franchise gets an NBA title. The Mavericks, though, were bounced in the first round by the Golden State Warriors. This year the Mavericks started out 9-2, which would put them on pace to win …

Was I Wrong About the Milwaukee Bucks?

In general, if I have a choice between being right or wrong, I would rather be right.  Certainly I tend to like life better when I am right (something my wife sarcastically notes from time to time).  Unfortunately, every once in awhile, I say stuff that turns out to be …

Synergy and Talent Evaluation in the NFL

The weekly football column is all about “synergy”.  But before we get to that, let’s look at the weekly QB Score and RB Score rankings: Week Eleven QB Score Rankings Overall QB Score Rankings Overall RB Score Rankings Okay, we see the numbers.  Here are my football thoughts for the …

The Wizards Survive

Success and failure are relative terms.  If your parents are worth millions, but the best you can do is land a job paying $100,000 per year, you might think you are a failure.  But if your parents lived on food stamps, and you land a job paying $100,000 per year, …

The Houston Rockets Fail to Launch

The expectation entering this season (in some circles) was that the Houston Rockets were going to contend with the Spurs, Suns, and Mavericks in the Western Conference.  Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady were going to be healthy and available the entire season.  Luis Scola was acquired from the Spurs to give …

The Wages of Wins is Factorial

The one major criticism from the academic reviewers of The Wages of Wins – and I mean the reviewers charged with looking at this before publication1– was that there are too many end notes.  They start on page 227 and go on until page 267.  Yes, there are 40 pages …