The Least Interesting Team in the NBA

In sports we tend to talk about the teams and players that are “interesting.” Today I want to focus attention on the “less than interesting.” Specifically, I wish to address the question: Which NBA team is the least interesting? To answer this question we need two ingredients.  We need to …

The Non-NBA Melo

This is how Mike Krzyzewski summarized Carmelo Anthony’s play for Team USA:  “I love Carmelo,” Krzyzewski said. “He’s a winner and he’s a heck of a competitor. He plays with courage at both ends of the court.” He added that Anthony “was the biggest surprise last year, arguably the most …

Not Exactly Good News for Greg Oden

The big news in the NBA is that Greg Oden is going to undergo microfracture surgery and probably miss the 2007-08 season.  The question facing Oden (and fans of the Portland TrailBlazers) is how likely is it that a player can recover from such a procedure?  And by recovery, we …

Did Melo Resurrect the Nuggets?

A few weeks ago I examined the impact Larry Bird had on the Boston Celtics in 1979.  In 1978-79 the Celtics won 29 games.  The following season the Celtics won 61 games.  Much of this improvement, although certainly not all, could be linked to the outstanding rookie performance of Larry …

JC Bradbury Asks for Better Stats on TV

Classes start this week at Cal-State Bakersfield.  So I should have spent my day working on preparing either The Economics of Religion or Intermediate Macroeconomics (the two courses I teach this quarter).  But I would rather comment on three items I saw on three of my favorite blogs. These comments …

Darren Rovell Shows us that Michigan is a Winner

Classes start this week at Cal-State Bakersfield.  So I should have spent my day working on preparing either The Economics of Religion or Intermediate Macroeconomics (the two courses I teach this quarter).  But I would rather comment on three items I saw on three of my favorite blogs. These comments …

The Exploited in 2006-07

Last week I looked at the most overpaid players in 2006-07.  The surprising leader of this group was Shaquille O’Neal.  What made this especially surprising was revealed on Friday.  Across his career, Shaq has clearly been exploited. To understand what this statement means, we have to understand the term “exploited.” …