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June 2010

Trading the Ice Capades for Bill Russell

As the NBA draft approaches, I thought of the story of Red Auerbach’s acquisition of Bill Russell.  This story*– told in “Let Me Tell a Story: A Lifetime in the Game”, the autobiography Auerbach wrote with John Feinstein, (a book I very much recommend and is available for less than …

The Top 33 Rookies in the Past 33 Years

Here is another wayof looking at the lists Arturo and Andres presented yesterday. A few quick observations on the top rookies since 1977… The only other rookie to reach the 10.0 mark in Wins Produced was Kevin Love in 2008-09. In other words, there have been 330 top 10 picks …

Write Your Own Kobe Post

Last night Kobe missed more than he made and committed seven turnovers.  And the Lakers also lost the game.  But Kobe did score 33 points.  So Chris Mannix – of CNNSI.com – wrote the following: Stellar Bryant can’t rescue Lakers Okay, I am going to avoid writing another lengthy post …

The Amazing Internet

This afternoon – somewhere around 4pm EST – my phone rang in my office.  On the other end was Tom Van Riper of Forbes.com.  Tom was working on a story on over-paid athletes and he wanted to ask me a few questions.  Our conversation lasted only a few minutes, and …

The Celtics Challenge

Tball is an attorney practicing in relative obscurity in New Hampshire.  Beyond a demanding home life, an active practice, and occasional rambling on this site, he devotes an obscene amount of time volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua (online donations are accepted).  Likes include pop economics, …

Most Valuable Laker? Might Not be Kobe

Such is the argument offered by David Biderman in the Thursday edition of the Wall Street Journal.  The argument depends a great deal on Wins Produced.  More specifically, it depends on the Wins Produced playoff numbers provided by Andres Alvarez.  Although Wins Produced consistently indicates Kobe is not the top …

More on the Kobe Bryant Clutch Story at Slate.com

Is Kobe Bryant really the best clutch player in the NBA? This is the question posed by Alan Siegel at Slate.com.  His answer draws upon research and numbers from 82games.com, Wayne Winston, Dan Ariely, and an obscure economics professor from Southern Utah University.  The answer… well, Kobe doesn’t appear to …