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 …

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 …