Pistol Pete — An Early Answer

Henry Abbott – of TrueHoop – posted a lengthy story on Kobe Bryant on Monday entitled “To Be Determined: Kobe Bryant’s Place in History”. Towards the end of his story (which is a lengthy but good read) is a comparison of Kobe and Pistol Pete Maravich. Just like Pistol Pete, …

A Tribute to Barry Bonds and Other News

Last night, as my daughters were going to bed, I turned the TV to the Giants-Nationals game. When the TV went on Barry Bonds was at the plate. The very next pitch was deposited over the wall and history was made. Before this historic moment I was just about to …

Statistical Thinking in Sports

Last month a book entitled Statistical Thinking in Sports was published by Chapman&Hall/CRC. Edited by Jim Albert and Ruud Koning, this book brings together a collection of essays examining various statistical aspects of sports. Included in this collection is work examining soccer, baseball, running, tennis, and one article on professional …

While at the beach

This past Wednesday morning I received an e-mail from Tim Lemke of The Washington Times. Lemke was working on a story examining whether or not there was any real impact in professional sports from scandals (such as the recent behavior of NBA referee Tim Donaghy). Lemke’s story, entitled Nothing Like …

Can Adam Morrison Be Saved?

On Sunday I noted that there was a 0.69 correlation between a rookie’s productivity and that player’s per-minute productivity the rest of his career. This was an exceedingly crude study. The only explanatory variable was rookie performance. Players who played more than 10 years were lumped in with players who …