Is it Teamwork? A History Lesson

Thirty years the Portland Trail Blazers won the only championship in franchise history. The Blazers defeat of the Philadelphia 76ers – led by Dr. J – is considered one of the greatest upsets in NBA Finals history. Eric Neel at ESPN wrote a column entitled “Blaze of Glory” which detailed …

Game Three Thoughts

LeBron was well below average in Game One, posting a Win Score that was actually in the negative range.  After this performance I noted that LeBron does not often have back-to-back below average games.   In Game Two, LeBron had a positive Win Score. Still it was below average for a …

A Tribute to Lawrence Hadley

Last Friday the sports economics community lost one of its founding fathers. Lawrence Hadley, a professor of economics at the University of Dayton, passed away. Larry’s research on sports and economics focused almost exclusively on baseball, where he examined topics that fall under the umbrellas of competitive balance and labor …

Game Two Thoughts

Once again I am going to pretend to be a sportswriter and post my comments the night of the game.  Let’s start with the stars of Game Two. The Metrics Wait, I changed my mind, let’s start with how the players are going to be evaluated.  You can skip this …

LeBron Trivia

In Game One of the 2007 NBA Finals LeBron’s Win Score was 0.0. Obviously this was not how he wished to play in his first game on the NBA’s biggest stage. One wonders, though, is this evidence that the Spurs have a magical LeBron defense? Or did LeBron just have …

New Look

Steve Walters, the brilliant Loyola economist who has written several columns for the WoW Journal, suggested that this blog needs a new look. What he wanted was just the title of each post, the opening paragraph, and then just a link to let the reader read more if they liked.  This way …

Game One Thoughts

Let me pretend to be a sports reporter tonight and post my comments on Game One of the NBA Finals this evening.   Coming into tonight’s game LeBron had played 16 games in the 2007 NBA Finals.  In fifteen games he was above average.  Tonight he would have had to play …

The Next Jordan?

Last season the “next Jordan” was Dwyane Wade. And as Henry Abbott reports, LeBron James was considered the first cut for Team USA. A few months later, LeBron has fully assumed both the mantle of King James and the “next Jordan”. Has anything changed besides popular perception? Let’s start with …

An Historic Upset?

Ian Thomsen stated the following yesterday at SI.com: I’m not going to say that the Cavaliers are incapable of upsetting the Spurs — not after watching them put down the supposedly unbeatable Pistons. If LeBron James turns out to be the best player on the floor, and if his teammates …

Previewing the NBA Finals – A First Cut

Let’s cut to the chase. San Antonio is a better team than Cleveland. We can see this clearly in the regular season numbers. In 2006-07 the Spurs scored 106.4 points per 100 possessions. The Cavs, meanwhile, scored 102.3. From this we see the Spurs are better offensively. On defense the …