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October 2010

What does Rodney Carney do well?

Andres Perezchica grew up in California and was at UC Berkeley during the Warriors’ We Believe era. He then studied a master’s program in Finance in Monterrey, Mexico, where he became intrigued by the growing field of Sports Economics. He is currently living back in California.  Andres previously authored a …

Scoring is Vastly Overrated!!

“Mama there goes that Meme!” is a weekly HoopSpeak feature in which Beckley Mason and Ethan Sherwood, like curious extraterrestrials, probe, abuse, and ultimately learn from a popular media meme. As one can see via the above link, part of this week’s conversation is the following sentence and picture: Cut …

Rudy Gay does what he is paid to do

Does the preseason matter?  Two years ago – in a small study that needs to be updated – I presented evidence that what we see for rookies in the preseason tells us something about the regular season.   When it comes to veterans, though, one suspects (and I have not actually …

Taking the over/under on Awards for Big Men

The following is taken (stolen, copied, whatever word you like) from Nerd Numbers the Blog (i.e. from Andres Alvarez, the person responsible for automated Wins Produced).  I am copying this post for thee reasons (beyond the obvious “copying is easy”). 1.  Overrated and Underrated arguments always make for good discussions (or at …

Wikio Ranks Basketball Blogs

Wikio has sent me the following ranking of the Top Basketball Blogs.  As you can see, Henry Abbott and TrueHoop lead the way.  And the Blazers, Suns, and Cavaliers also have top blogs reporting on their teams.  After that… well, thanks everyone for reading.  – DJ 1 TrueHoop 2 Blazers Edge 3 Bright …

How Fans React to Labor Disputes in Professional Sports

My latest at Huffington Post reviews the results of research Martin Schmidt and I published in the American Economic Review (AER) in 2004.  Via some fairly sophisticated time-series analysis, Marty and I found that labor disputes do not statistically impact attendance in professional sports.  In other words, fans often threaten …

Taking Issue with the John Wall Story

Kyle Weidie – at Truth About It – has taken issue with my discussion this past summer of John Wall. (you have to scroll down a bit to Weidie’s discussion of John Wall and stats): It’s hard to talk about John Wall’s stats without mentioning Dave Berri. Berri, of The …