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February 2009

Can Starbury Help Boston Repeat?

People tend to think economics is just about stocks, bonds, and money.  Certainly these are topics that many economists find interesting (I don’t know these economists, but I have heard stories). The broader subject of economics, though, is about resource allocation. From the perspective of this broader view we see …

Self-Inflicted Wounds in Sacramento

About a week ago, Henry Abbott – at TrueHoop – posted The NBA Story No One’s Talking About About.  Essentially, the Sacramento Kings are losing money and it is possible this franchise – which has stopped in Rochester, Cincinnati, Kansas City, and Omaha – might be moving again.  The problem …

Helping the Least Productive Number One Pick

Today is the trade deadline. So the obvious topic of choice is a discussion of a specific trade (or trades).  Unfortunately, most of the trades were really not that interesting (at least to me).  The one possible exception was the Jermaine O’Neal for Shawn Marion trade.  But in thinking about …

Back to Battier

This past weekend – in the words of Henry Abbott – Michael Lewis (author of Moneyball) brought the Moneyball story to the NBA.  On the pages of New York Times Magazine, Lewis told the story of the No-Stats All-Star, Shane Battier. As Lewis notes, “Here we have a basketball mystery: a …

King James and Kobe

Bill Simmons – the latest issue of ESPN the Magazine – examines the evidence that he is a Kobe-hater.  Simmons provides various definitions of a “Kobe-hater” and explains why none apply to him personally.  Although his list of definitions is quite good, I think he missed the one definition that …

Depressing News in Minnesota

A few days ago Al Jefferson of the Minnesota Timberwolves tore his ACL and is now lost for the season.  As Table One indicates, Jefferson produced 8.2 wins this season and posted a 0.217 WP48 [Wins Produced per 48 minutes]. The former mark leads the team.  But the WP48 leader …

Winning After the Loss of Jameer Nelson

As of Sunday night the top four teams in the NBA – in terms of efficiency differential (offensive efficiency minus defensive efficiency) – were as follows: 1. Cleveland Cavaliers [10.8] 2. Boston Celtics (9.9) 3. Orlando Magic (9.0) 4. LA Lakers [8.8] And here are the next four teams: 5. …

Mr. Morrison Comes to LA

The Los Angeles Times has created the following web page: Best of the Web: Los Angeles Lakers.  The page links to various stories about the Lakers found around the web.  The stories seem to change frequently.  What doesn’t seem to change are the following six sites presented at the bottom.  …