Everything I have written this season
May 10th, 2014

Here’s a list of everything I have written this season, whereby a year is defined as July 1st – June 30th, the same definition the NBA uses. (An article from June 2013 is also included for the hell of it.) Having written for many different websites with varying levels of efficiency with regards to archiving, I thought it best to chronicle them all in one place. The articles are loosely categorised, but most if not all pieces could actually fit into multiple categories, so the definitions are slightly arbitrary. This post will be updated between the date of publication and 30th June 2014. Not listed in any particular order, not even by date, except where obviously so. It is perhaps worthy of mention that, with the exception of the ShamSports pieces, I didn’t write any of the titles. Salary cap rules related Why Cleveland’s Scotty Hopson signing doesn’t make much sense (The Score, 1st April 2014; detailing a mistake by the Cavaliers) Why the Pelicans signed Ely and how they learned from the Cavs (The Score, 15th April 2014; something of a follow-up to the above, showing how it could have been done) Bobcats gain much-needed outside shooting, Bucks do something (SB Nation, 21st February 2014) Why the Rockets waived Greg Smith to sign Dexter Pittman (The Score, 11th April 2014) Why don’t NBA teams make more preseason trades? (The Score, 17th September 2013) Why Al-Farouq Aminu can veto a trade, but LeBron James can’t (The Score, 10th September 2013) Why the L.A. Clippers are unnecessarily paying the luxury tax (SB Nation, 21st February 2014) How the Grizzlies wiggled under the luxury tax (The Score, 17th April 2014) Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin’s contract situations (ShamSports, 8th July 2013) 2013/14 Luxury Tax Payers, as it stands at 11.52am GMT on […]

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The Truth About “Parity” in the NBA
May 8th, 2014

[Originally posted on Hoopsworld, 5th November 2013.] In February 2010, NBA commissioner David Stern spoke ominously of the league’s forecasted $400 million loss that financial year, as well as hundreds of millions more in losses over the previous few seasons. His words were one of the earliest warnings of an impending lockout, a threat that became a reality 16 months later. Financial inequalities and a broken system supposedly saw 22 out of the 30 NBA franchises losing money, and something had to be done to install some parity. Three months after Stern spoke, the NBA ratified the sale of the New Jersey Nets to Mikhail Prokhorov. Parity, it is said, is supposed to level the playing field between the large- and small-market teams. The reality of this market inequality is an unavoidable one, founded in socioeconomic factors far outside of the NBA’s control. It is what it is. The NBA’s self-imposed duty is to level the playing field within its control as much as possible. They do this in various ways. The draft, of course, is one – parity is not just financial remuneration, but also the opportunity for all teams to compete on the court. There is also, as of the new CBA, a new revenue sharing system ostensibly designed to make big brother pay for little brother, a significant development in the NBA’s hitherto limited revenue sharing history. And there’s the concept’s most public weapon – the luxury tax. Since its inception in 2001, $923 million has been spent in luxury tax by 24 franchises. Of that $923 million, some $568 million has been spent by only four of those franchises – the Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers. That is one seventh of the teams spending three fifths of the money, […]

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