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I think Steve McPherson stimulated my mind more than anyone of my teachers, ever. Great piece, and I'm just waiting for the day which will never come that there really is a suitable way to measure defense through analytics or statistics. As for the shot-blocking out of bounds or goaltending, what you mentioned is what makes Tyson Chandler so devastating. He blocks, what, 1 shot a game? Yet is easily the best defensive big man in the game. A bit off-topic, but I'd love to see the NBA put that chip that the Knicks used in training camp two years ago that measures the players' effort into every jersey in the league, and let anyone see/use that data.
4 months, 1 week ago on The Dark Matter of Defense
Jared, you should write about basketball more. And by more I mean always. Do it.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Profile Paroxysm: The Knicks Bench
Absolutely love it, though I'm pretty sure the most obvious explanation is that Jim wants tickets to sell. If you hear Melo is sore, sure why not buy that $100 ticket to Knicks/Celtics. Now if he's suffered a torn ACL, why even bother?
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Lies, Damnable Lies and What the Knicks Do
Possibly one of the best pieces I've ever read.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on The Myth of Repeatable Perfection
Holy crap the day J-Dub (I call him this because we're cool like that in my head) writes an article that isn't awesome is the day I kidnap Matt Moore and turn HP into a blog about chess.
5 months, 1 week ago on Adventures In Lineup Misadventures: Scott Brooks
This was a great piece. I think the "COUNT DEM RINGGZZZZZ" argument is something that belongs, but simply can't be a end-all point to a debate between who's a greater player, well no stat can anyway. But about what you said regarding fans not being, you know, alive to see a lot of the legends of past. No Jordan, Bird, Magic, Frazier (DAMN IT ALL) not even young Kobe for me. I regret missing them live, but I've done my homework, a lot of it. Not just statistical memorization but also a ton of full games on the interwebs. The one thing that does really bother me is that often my credibility when debating about past players is just non-existent even when I'm strictly using factual evidence. A lot of big-headedness directed towards the younger generation whenever we try to talk about the old days, as if we don't know basketball because we can decide when we're born and when we get into basketball. Huge pain in the ass.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Defining Greatness
Seriously the greatest article on Russell Westbrook ever, ever.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on SUPER-OVERREACTIONIZER: The Thunder Are Doomed Because Russell Westbrook Is The Worst