Breaking down Phil Jackson’s bizzare tenure as GM
The NBA is a zero-sum game. For every win a team earns, another takes a loss. For a champion to be crowned, 29 other teams must lose. Every GM has a different way of approaching the game; some are in win-now mode, some stash picks and look to the future, and some are patiently waiting for their blossoming young stars to lead the way. There is no right answer; history has shown us that there is no single guaranteed path to winning a championship.
However, at some point in a GM’s career, whatever strategy he has chosen has to start producing Wins. At some point, your team is good enough, or it’s just pretending (Clippers). At some point, all your high draft picks have to turn into players (76ers). At some point, your #1 picks have to develop into stars (Timberwolves). No matter how clever or innovative a GM is, at the end of the day, the goal isn’t to stash draft picks or assets, the goal is to Win.
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At the risk of jumping to conclusions after just one week of NBA regular season basketball, we’re ready to declare that a new wave of NBA big men has arrived in the form of 7-foot centers who play like shooting guards. The “stretch” four or “small ball” four has been around for a long time now, and refers to power forwards who can shoot from outside and thus “stretch” the defense. Over the course of the past 10 years, players with those skill sets became more prevalent since the league as a whole began trending toward small ball for a variety of reasons.
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Using statistics to understand why teams play better at home
As basketball fans know, our beloved announcers all have their pet sayings when calling games: Mike Breen’s “BANG!” after big shots, Mark Jackson’s “Hand down, man down” (which doesn’t really make sense), Hubie Brown’s “Now now, come on now”. One of my favorite announcers though is Jeff Van Gundy because of all his random ideas and thoughts he spurts out on every broadcast.
Usually, a lot of Jeff’s thoughts are just dumb things he says to kill time during blowouts, but there is one point he consistently makes that has interested me for a while. Why do teams always play better at home? After all, the rims are still 10 ft. tall, the ball’s the same, the coaches and players are the same, and the court is still 94×50 ft. of hardwood no matter where you play. Continue reading “Why is Home Court Advantage a thing? [Part 1]”
Thoughts from a lifetime New York Knicks fan
The Eddy Curry era in New York was one of the worst time as a true Knicks fan. Isaiah Thomas was from Chicago and he felt that Eddy Curry, who was having one of the best years of his life, would morph the Knicks into one of the better teams in the league. Isaiah decided that the Knicks were ready to win now and he was willing to trade the future for players like Eddy Curry. So the Knicks traded 2 first round picks and received one Bulls first round pick. The first round picks the Knicks gave up ended up being one of the best players in the league LaMarcus Aldridge and the newest Knick Joakim Noah. The Knicks received Wilson Chandler with their first round pick, who was a nice role player but never was anything like the other Aldridge or prime-Noah.
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