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May 2011

Five Years Later and the Same Story Again?

The 2011 NBA Finals can be thought of as a re-run from a show we saw in 2006.  In 2006, the Miami Heat faced the Dallas Mavericks for the NBA Championship.   This match-up was interesting because it was the first time since 1978 that the NBA title was a contest …

Jason Kidd is an All-Time Great Point Guard

The following is from Andres (Dre) Alvarez There’s no doubt that Dirk has had a big impact for the Mavs this playoffs.  But the most productive player on the team has been Jason Kidd (check out Arturo’s blog for more on this topic). And when we look at Kidd’s career, …

What We Can Learn from Rich Cho Losing His Job

Some owners tend to fire coaches quickly and keep general managers around for years, even if the team doesn’t have success (see Bryan Colangelo for the latest example of this behavior). The Portland Trail Blazers, though, take the opposite approach.  Andres (Dre) Alvarez (who is co-authoring this post) made the …

The Sport Skeptic Comments on The Value of Scoring

Earlier in the week a familiar story was posted in this forum.  Although many scorers are valuable, there are scorers that can be – contrary to what you hear in the sports media – easily replaced.   Neil Paine – at Basketball-Reference – posted a comment that appeared to disagree with …

Is the NBA a Point Guard Dominated League?

Below is the first blog post from Shut Up and Jam, a new blog in the Wages of Wins Network from James Brocato.  Last June, James offered a post on the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Here is his bio from that post: James Brocato graduated from Washington State University in 2009.  …

What if your team Lost its Leading Scorer?

A few years back the 76ers send Allen Iverson – their leading scorer – the Nuggets.  At the time, people predicted doom for the Sixers.  Philadelphia, though, actually improved without Iverson (and the Nuggets really didn’t improve with The Answer). A similar story recently played out with Carmelo Anthony.  This …