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Isiah Thomas Discovers Role Players

The New York Knicks last year were the most expensive team in NBA history.  And yet only the Portland Trail Blazers finished with a worse record. Larry Brown, the since departed head coach, appeared to cast blame on the players. The new head coach, though, believes the current cast the …

Malcolm Gladwell and the Value of Blogs

Malcolm Gladwell reviewed our book in The New Yorker this past May.  Soon after, he twice noted our work on his blog.  Given that Gladwell comments on his blog infrequently, it was nice to see him comment multiple times on The Wages of Wins. Since commenting on our book Gladwell …

How Easy is it to Read The Wages of Wins?

Our intention in writing The Wages of Wins was to take our academic work to a general audience.  As we note in the preface, though, we had no experience writing for anyone other than fellow economists.  So at the onset of this project it was not clear that we could …

Publicity for Sports Economics

Did you know that between 100 and 120 professors teach a course on sports economics?  If you read today’s USA Today, this is but one interesting fact you would have learned about our growing field.  On the cover of USA Today’s Money section is an article by Sue Kirchhoff entitled, …

Allen Iverson is Staying?

Yesterday I posted a lengthy comment on Allen Iverson.  Okay, it was really lengthy.   For those counting, it was close to 2,000 words, which is about twice the length of a typical newspaper column.  Hopefully what I said was worth the effort people had to invest to read it all, …

The “Hogwash” Argument

So far The Wages of Wins has been reviewed in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and at SI.com (Sports Illustrated on-line).  In general these reviews have been quite positive. Still, if you look really hard, you can come across a few comments on our book which are not …

An Allen Iverson Comment

Malcolm Gladwell’s review of our book focused primarily on what we had to say about Allen Iverson. Consequently the media has often mentioned Iverson when discussing our work. It is important to note that much of our book – in fact, the vast majority of our book – does not …

The Research Behind The Wages of Wins

This past weekend we posted the following on our homepage. Our intention with The Wages of Wins was to write a book that would be very accessible to a general audience.  For the most part the reviews of our book indicate that we were successful.  Unlike the typical book written …

Scorers and Role Players in the NBA

In The Wages of Wins we make the observation that it might be best to evaluate scorers in the NBA relative to other scorers.  Recently I updated the analysis seen in our book in this forum via an examination of the top scorers in 2005-06 – which one can see …