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Books NBA Reviews

The Science of the NBA — “The Midrange Theory” Reviewed

To sports columnists and talking heads of a certain age, the word “analytics” has become a pejorative, a shorthand for nerds that are so engrossed in their algorithms that they can’t see the actual game being played on the court.

The truth, as always, is far more complex.

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Books NBA Reviews

Lottery Picks, Politics & Process – “Built to Lose” Reviewed

Here’s a riddle: When is losing the best way to win?

The answer, for a long time, was the NBA Draft, as teams that lost – sometimes purposely – were rewarded with a chance to choose the best players coming into the league.

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Greatness NBA

LeBron Has Spoiled Us with His Greatness

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“You say ‘LeBron’s playing well,’ and then you look at the stat sheet and say, ‘Oh my goodness’…LeBron James is at a level that’s just impossible to achieve. Only a few guys have gotten there or will ever get there. We should stop taking him for granted.”

— Kevin McHale

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NBA

Imaging the 1980s Houston Rockets Superteam

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When the topic of the greatest “What If” dynasties in sports comes up, the one franchise that intrigues me the most is the mid-1980s Houston Rockets.

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In Appreciation of NBA Philadelphia

In Appreciation of: Sam Hinkie and “The Process”

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37 wins and 45 losses.

That was the average record of the Philadelphia 76ers for the ten years before Sam Hinkie was hired in 2013 and implemented his so-called “Process.”

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Week in Review

Week in Review (November 13, 2015)

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It’s felt like a weird week.

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NBA What If

What If: NBA Draft Edition

How different would the Association had looked if different decisions had been made? 

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