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April 2011

Revisiting Darko Milicic vs. Shaquille O’Neal

Last August, Henry Abbott – of TrueHoop – made the following prediction: (Darko) Milicic will help his team more than (Shaquille) O’Neal will (help the Celtics) this upcoming season. Henry had a host of reasons behind this prediction.  A sample of reasons included Shaq’s reputation as a poor team defender, …

TrueHoop Smackdown in 2011

Once again Henry Abbott has asked me to participate in the TrueHoop Stat Geek Smackdown.  The contest works as follows:  A number of statistically inclined persons choose the winner of each playoff series (you get five points for getting this right in each series).  In addition to choosing the winner, …

The Regular Season Awards: WoW Network Style

The following is from Andres (Dre) Alvarez. The season is over and it’s time for the playoffs to erase everyone’s memory of regular season records. While it’s still fresh on our mind, we can hand out the regular season award winners. While the exact standards for each award aren’t well …

The Final Anti-Awards for 2010-11

Ian Levy is a Third-Grade teacher by day and amateur basketball analyst by afternoon (he usually sleeps at night). Ian suffers from a rare psychological condition known as Anti-Homeritis which renders him incapable of rooting for hometown teams. He grew up in Upstate New York and has therefore been a …

NCAA Issues

The NBA season is ending tonight, so let’s talk college sports.  Okay, let me explain. Tomorrow I am going to be presenting a paper at the Western Social Science Association meetings in Salt Lake City.  The session I am part of focuses on the NCAA.  The other three papers in …

A Mostly Familiar Story in San Antonio

The Spurs have clinched the best record in the Western Conference.  And they may finish with the best record in the NBA.  But despite their lofty status in the NBA standings, the Spurs have not been a frequent topic in this forum.  In fact, the last post dedicated to the …