The Best of 1980 – Bill Laimbeer?

Jerry Seinfeld has observed that a sports fan will “love” a player when he plays on the fan’s team, then “hate” the same player when he plays elsewhere. For Seinfeld, this means fans are not rooting for players and teams, but just for clothes. Certainly I am not immune to …

Rocket Science: Clemens and ‘Roids

Another brilliant comment from economist Steve Walters of Loyola College: I plead guilty to being uncharitably suspicious. Watching Roger Clemens go off on a young sportswriter after his last minor-league tune-up in Scranton, I wondered: “’roid rage?” The tantrum was, at one level, merely classic Egotistical A-hole Athlete. Clemens escalated …

Searching for Role Players

One question I am occasionally asked is why an economist spends his time studying the NBA. Obviously this gives me a good excuse to watch and talk about the Association. But is there any real academic value? My answer – when I am being serious (which isn’t often) – is …

The Demon Deacon Trio

A few days ago I noted that Chris Paul has consistently out-performed Deron Williams. This has been true their first two seasons in the NBA, as well as each player’s last season in college. This analysis led John Burger – one-half of the famed Burger-Walter sports economics team – to …

Rising in the Rankings

The Gongol rankings for June came out yesterday and The Wages of Wins Journal is now ranked 38th among ranked business and economics blogs in number of “page views”. In terms of “visitors” we are ranked 41st. What are the Gongol rankings? In April, while noting our one year anniversary, …

More Kobe Thoughts

Okay, usually one post a day is my limit. But I don’t feel like writing my final or grading (or much of anything else) before I teach at 2pm. So here are some more thoughts on Kobe Bryant. Following Kobe’s Lead Disclaimer… the following is meant to be humorous. I …

Kobe Bryant is Unhappy

In the midst of the NBA conference finals – contested between four small market teams – a big mouth from a big market decided to speak up. Kobe Bryant announced this week that he is disappointed with the Lakers attempt to rebuild a title contender around his talents, and now …

Scoring to Score in the WNBA

Is scoring overvalued in other leagues besides the NBA? Kevin Pelton, one of my competitors in the True Hoop Stat Geek Smackdown, points out an interesting example from the WNBA (which he covers in addition to the NBA) that indicates a strong relationship between scoring and accolades in that league …

Defending Chris Paul

The Utah Jazz in 2005 had the third choice in the NBA draft. Needing a point guard, they had a choice between Deron Williams and Chris Paul. The college numbers of the two players clearly indicated that the best choice was Paul. Table One: Williams and Paul in College The …

Do the Knicks Deserve a Mulligan?

William Rhoden penned a column last Friday in The New York Times entitled “Poor Decisions? Knicks Deserve a Mulligan.” Rhoden argues in this column that the Knicks penchant for making bad decisions have left the team with a roster in salary cap hell. Too many bad contracts have resulted in …