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August 2008

The Setting Suns

Once upon a time Shaquille O’Neal and Grant Hill were two of the most dominant players in the game.  Ten years ago (the 1997-98 season) Grant Hill produced 16.7 wins for the Detroit Pistons.  That same season, Shaquille O’Neal posted a 0.311 WP48 [Wins Produced per 48 minutes] for the …

The Miles File

Earlier this summer James Posey departed Boston for the New Orleans Hornets.  And now the Celtics have responded by adding… Darius Miles?  Miles last played NBA basketball in 2005-06.  Recently a doctor declared his career over.  And now — despite what one doctor says — he has signed with the …

Chauncey Billups and Isiah Thomas

As I have noted in the past, I was born in Detroit and grew up a Pistons fan.  And since sports allegiance doesn’t (or at least shouldn’t) change as you age, I remain a Pistons fan. My memory of the Pistons extends all the way back to the days of …

Will the Spurs Win in 2009?

When we look at past data – specifically past patterns in data — we often hope to glean insights into the future.  For example, consider the following past pattern: The San Antonio Spurs won the NBA championship in 2003, 2005, and 2007.  One doesn’t need to be a college professor …

Pargo Helps Out the Hornets

The American mission of the 20th century was to export our way of life to the world.  Specifically, we wanted the world to embrace free markets.  As the world listened to our story, though, the number of competitors American firms faced in the marketplace increased.  And although competition is wonderful …

Spoiling the Fun in Milwaukee and Oklahoma

Trades are always fun. Change, especially for losing teams, tends to be greeted with enthusiasm.  At least, that’s what we saw this week with the six player trade involving the Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Oklahoma City Whatevers.  As a dispassionate economist (or something like that) who is not a …