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 …

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 …