Looking Back at the Bad Boys

The tendency is to believe it is the offensive superstars that lead a championship team. Showtime was led by Magic and Kareem (mostly Magic, as detailed yesterday). Larry Bird took the Celtics to three titles in the 1980s. The Bulls were supposedly just Michael Jordan and the Jordanaires. The Rockets …

Who Led Showtime?

The latest trade demand from Kobe might cause some to look back at the days when the Lakers were led by players who demanded their team win by producing large quantities of wins (as opposed to Kobe’s method of just demanding the team acquire players who can produce large quantities …

Final Thoughts on the NBA Finals

Here are my Final Final thoughts. In this column I address three issues: The MVP in the Finals, LeBron’s problems on the game’s biggest stage, and my bronze medal performance in the True Hoop Stat Geek Smackdown. Did Tony Parker deserve the MVP award for the Finals? Going into the …

The Best Team for Each Team

After the Finals ended last night I sat down to write my thoughts on Game Four. Too many story lines came to mind, though, and rather than write these all out I just went to bed. Today I am a bit short on time, so all I can do is …

A Few Thoughts for Thursday

While we wait for Game Four tonight (which I hope is not the final game of the 2006-07 season), here are a few more thoughts on Larry Hadley, the legacy of the Spurs, and the trade of Juwan Howard to the Minnesota Timberwolves. A Few More Comments on the Life …

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 …