NBA Coaches & The Effects Of Likability
May 7th, 2014

(originally published elsewhere)

Three weeks ago, a story came out that the New York Knicks were determined to land Steve Kerr as their next head coach. Despite Kerr having no coaching experience of any kind at any level, it appears he is the white hot candidate for the vacancy – so eager are the Knicks in their pursuit that the story broke even before they had a vacancy, having not then announced the future of the incumbent lame duck …

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Another Unnecessarily Exhaustive Guide To The NBA Prospects Of The Unsigned NBA Draft Picks, Part One
May 2nd, 2014

If your NBA team drafts a player, and yet never signs him, the chances are that they’ll still own his draft rights. The presence of those draft rights means that that player can sign only with the right-holding NBA team, and not with any others. Such draft rights can also be traded, either to a recipient team who values the player and thus gives something of value for them, or as arbitrary filler obliging the NBA’s rule that all partners …

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The Donald Sterling Scandal Bears Some Fruit
April 30th, 2014

(originally published elsewhere)

Donald Sterling is essentially gone from the Clippers. His name is still above the door, and will be until such time as the team’s ownership is prized away from him. But no one is forced to look at that plaque any more.

In a tumultuous three days, Sterling and his opinions went from established but ignored truth to a disavowed relic determined to be forgotten, and became triumphant figures of success in the eternal battle against bigotry …

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Playoffs Full Of Parity
April 24th, 2014

(originally published elsewhere)

The first round of the playoffs features eight matchups, and you can usually write off four of them. The very nature of the regular season and playoffs usually separates the eight playoff seeds in each conference wildly disparate group, the top half infinitely better equipped than the bottom. Those eighth seeded teams play 82 games to fight for the honour and privilege of getting annihilated in four more. It is an odd situation, yet we all play …

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Joakim Noah, The DPOY Who Might Be Better On Offense
April 22nd, 2014

(originally published elsewhere)

Yesterday, Chicago Bulls centre Joakim Noah won the Defensive Player Of The Year Award, and it was not even close. The award is the emphatic culmination of Noah’s breakout season, itself the continuing crescendo of a 29 year old player who has improved in every season up to, and now including, his prime years.

However, this alone does not accurately portray Noah as a player. Having long been a defensive anchor of sorts, the best measure …

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And the winner is…..
April 8th, 2014

Steeve Ho You Fat!

Yay Steeve!

Thank you all for playing. There will indeed be another competition: 84 names are already being parsed for the 64 spots available, and should more be found, an NIT may even be possible. Well, unless it’s overkill.

And now back to basketball operations matters.

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The 2014 Ridiculous Basketball Player Names Bracket, CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
April 6th, 2014

[Previously: First round, second round, sweet sixteen, second round, elite eight, final four.]

This is it, the final showdown. After a long, fiercely competitive, hit-count friendly month of titanic struggle and mesmering battle, we have eliminated 62 competitors in the first annual Ridiculous Basketball Player Names competition, and are down to the final pair. So established already are their names in basketball player folklore that it is beyond tricky to think of a single …

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The 2014 Ridiculous Basketball Player Names Bracket, Final Four
April 3rd, 2014

[Previously: First round, second round, sweet sixteen, second round, elite eight.]

60 down, four to go.

(Click here for full size version)

As always, these names are completely genuine. If you don’t believe it, Google it.

(1) Grienntys Chief Kickingstallionsims v (1) Gang Wang

Journeys so far:

(1) Grienntys Chief Kickingstallionsims

First round: Won 359-40 v (16) Indiana Faithfull
Second round: Won 125-39 v (8) God’sgift Achiuwa
Sweet Sixteen: Won 85-37 v (5) Solomon HorseChief…

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The 2014 Ridiculous Basketball Player Names Bracket, Elite Eight
March 31st, 2014

[Previously: First round, second round, sweet sixteen.]

Due to an administrative error whereby I accidentally set the Sweet Sixteen polls to run for a week longer than they were supposed to, the 2014 Ridiculous Basketball Player Names Tournament is still going on, having lost all its previous momentum. Nevertheless, we are down to the Elite Eight. Here are the matchups!

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As always, these names are completely genuine. If you don’t believe …

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Kings to sign Chris Johnson
March 26th, 2014

Tomorrow, the Sacramento Kings will sign former LSU Celtics, Blazers, Hornets and Timberwolves big man Chris Johnson. It is not known at this time whether it will be for the remainder of the season, multiple seasons, or a 10 day deal.

Johnson has spent this season in China, averaging 20.0 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 29 games for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. The 28 year old is known for his length, athleticism and shot-blocking.

With a roster spot …

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The 2014 Ridiculous Basketball Player Names Bracket, Sweet Sixteen
March 19th, 2014

The results are in from the second round, and so it’s Sweet 16 time!

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THE “WHAT THE HELL?” REGIONAL

(1) Grienntys Chief Kickingstallionsims v (5) Solomon HorseChief:

Vote wisely. Vote HorseChief.

Grienntys Chief Kickingstallionsims or Solomon HorseChief?

(3) Typhoon Dusk Nurse v (7) Ruben Boumtje Boumtje:

Should Nurse lose points on account of his decision to mostly go by “Ty Nurse”, instead of the full glory that is his name? And with that …

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The 2014 Ridiculous Basketball Player Names Bracket, Second Round
March 12th, 2014

The results are in from the first round, and there were upsets. It’s almost like a proper bracket.

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In accordance with prophecy, the number one seeds made it through unscathed, Grienntys Chief Kickingstallionsims and Steeve Ho You Fat putting up dominating performances in securing 85%+ of the votes in their matchups. However, the same can not be said of the #2 seeds, where a 2 v 15 upset went down. It was nearly …

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The 2014 Ridiculous Basketball Player Names Bracket
March 5th, 2014

[Voting is now over. Go to ROUND TWO.]

In compiling a scouting database, hopefully to be launched in June time, I have spent a lot of time rooting through rosters of basketball teams all around the globe. And while this website and the subsequent database are to be completely serious – this website is one man’s CV, after all – I would be lying if I denied that all this trawling had uncovered some awesome player names along the …

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The tax paid by title winners
February 28th, 2014

Previously.

Previous to the previously.

Subsequently:

All right. Orange = title winners.

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The same thing again if you take the Knicks out of it altogether
February 27th, 2014

The ten highest individual non-Knick team luxury tax payments of all time:

1) 2013/14 Brooklyn Nets: $89,582,458 (assuming that Jason Collins signs for the remainder of the season on 4th March, his first allowable opportunity)
2) 2002/03 Portland Trail Blazers: $51,971,000 (rounded only to the nearest $1,000)
3) 2012/13 L.A. Lakers: $29,259,739
4) 2003/04 Portland Trail Blazers: $28,846,436
5) 2003/04 Dallas Mavericks: $25,031,932
6) 2008/09 Dallas Mavericks: $23,611,661
7) 2009/10 L.A. Lakers: $21,430,778
8) 2010/11 Orlando Magic: $20,147,413
9) 2010/11 …

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This post is no longer relevant.
February 20th, 2014

There follows a post that was in the process of being edited ready for posting on SBNation.com which talked about the Spencer Hawes to Cleveland deal and how it did – or rather, didn’t – affect the Sixers’s proximity to the salary cap floor. However, Adrian Wojnarowski’s latest tweet, which states that Danny Granger is to be traded to the Sixers, makes it irrelevant now. It is hereby posted here anyway on account of the fact that, one day, it …

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Bookkeeping the retired guys, 2014 edition
February 14th, 2014

In keeping with what is becoming an annual tradition, there follows a very, very lengthy look at all the retired players this site has, for whatever reason, kept tabs on before. (Some of them are a bit niche. But when you’re in, you’re in for life.) This list is mostly of recent NBA players and an update of the 2013 edition of the same list. The cut-offs are somewhat arbitrary, but they have to be somewhere.

Most sites, when …

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How do you solve a problem like Taj Gibson? A follow-up.
February 9th, 2014

Despite it running in the initial instance with a rather significant error in it – I spent a lot of time breaking down how the Bulls had arrived at, and would extricate themselves from, a luxury tax position that they weren’t actually at – the previous post entitled How Do You Solve A Problem Like Taj Gibson? received a remarkably hearty welcome. So, thank you for that.

However, as is always the way with pieces that deal with salary minutiae …

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How do you solve a problem like Taj Gibson?
February 7th, 2014

Found this on the internet but couldn’t find anyone to credit, so…good work, random anonymous person.

Taj Gibson is bloody excellent. Long noted for his technically precise interior defence, he has managed the rare feat of developing his offensive game to the point that he is a versatile and viable offensive weapon (he now hits the mid-range jumpers he has always taken, and damn near dream-shook Greg Stiemsma the other day) without losing any of his defensive intensity or effectiveness …

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The Bulls should trade for Andrew Bynum
January 5th, 2014

This article was due to run on Monday on another site. However, it seems as though there can be no delay.

Andrew Bynum’s time in Cleveland is all but over. After a poor first few months on the court, in which he has looked awful at times in trying to recover from serious knee problems, a recent suspension for off-court behaviour has seen him essentially placed on gardening leave, while Cleveland tries to find a new home for him and …

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Name that player!
December 4th, 2013

As is my wont of an evening, I sometimes trawl through the rosters and box scores of the more obscure leagues of this world, looking for two things – players I’ve heard of (so as to see what they’re now up to), and any novelties I happen upon along the way. In doing so today, I found the following eyecatching player description.

According to the internet, the perfect basketball player exists. His EuroBasket.com profile describes him as follows:

An emotional

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The amount of cap room teams actually have, updated
July 25th, 2013

The previous post attempted to explain how much cap room all NBA teams would (or wouldn’t) actually have in this upcoming free agency period. It was a bit presumptuous. It had to be.

Now, we can be reflective. Here’s what’s left.

All salary information is taken from this website’s own salary pages. All figures taken from the day of publication – if subsequent trades/signings are made, then adjust accordingly.

No trades are assumed to be taking place here. Guesswork …

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It’s official – Keith Bogans will earn $5,058,198 next year. All guaranteed. Keith Bogans.
July 15th, 2013

Happy? You should be.

Keith Bogans has an uncanny knack for being in the right place at the right time. He has become throughout his NBA career the archetypal three-and-D wing role player, the kind of piece you want around star point guards or big men (or both), who’ll defend opposing stars for a few pesky minutes a night and not risk anything more offensively than taking some open threes. Yet despite not being significantly above average at either, and …

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Did Milwaukee pick up Gustavo Ayon’s option? Yes. Will they have to do so again in a week? Also yes.
July 15th, 2013

Gustavo Ayon, thinking of victims

A month ago, it was widely reported via all media outlets (though seemingly originating from Mexico) that the Bucks had picked up Gustavo Ayon’s team option for next season.

This week, the story’s doing the rounds that the Bucks need to pick up his option. This, on the surface, rather counters the former.

In reality, both are right. The confusion stems from the terminology used. Only one is actually an option – the other …

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Complete History of Luxury Tax Payments, Updated for 2012/13
July 10th, 2013

This website and its sole proprietor keep a spreadsheet containing to-the-dollar information on all luxury tax paid to date. In the 12 seasons since the luxury tax was created, it has been applicable in ten seasons; in those ten seasons, 24 NBA franchises have paid over $920 million in payroll excess. The exact details can be found here.

(Sorted alphabetically – click to enhance.)

(Sorted by expenditure – click to enhance.)

Please use the spreadsheet freely for resource purposes, and …

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