Posted by Neil Paine on August 3, 2009
Seems like I've been running lots of Bill Simmons-related links recently for some reason... This one comes courtesy of Gravity and Levity (a great intellectual blog about science in general, and physics specifically, in case you want to check out some of the other posts there), which makes a really fascinating connection between Braess’s Paradox -- "closing a road can actually improve traffic" -- and Simmons' old "Ewing Theory", the observation that sometimes teams who lose their
best player biggest star actually do better without him (so named after the '99 Knicks went to the Finals sans Patrick).
(H/T: hoopster101 at APBRmetrics.)