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Will Artest Love L.A.? And Will They Love Him Back?

Posted by Neil Paine on July 6, 2009

Over in the comments of our offseason transactions thread, there's an interesting discussion about the recent de facto "trade" between the Lakers and Rockets, which essentially ended up swapping Trevor Ariza for Ron Artest straight-up.

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Posted in Analysis, BBR Mailbag, Offseason | 19 Comments »

Layups: Can You Name the Leaders In All-Star Appearances?

Posted by Neil Paine on July 4, 2009

Sporcle wants to test your knowledge about the NBA's all-time ASG appearance leaders. Are you up to the task?

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Layups: Early Offseason Moving & Shaking

Posted by Neil Paine on July 2, 2009

From ESPN and John Hollinger, some key free agent moves over the past few weeks:

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Fun With Random Pages: Scot Pollard

Posted by Neil Paine on July 2, 2009

Here's a new concept for posts that I'm rolling out this week, in honor of the long NBA offseason really starting in earnest. Basically, the idea is that I go to our lovely "Frivolities" page and click on the "Random Page" function, sending me to the page for "a randomly selected player, coach, team, or league". Whatever turns up, I write a little essay about it, no matter what it is. It's kind of a takeoff on what JKL is doing over at our sister blog, the Pro-Football-Reference.com blog -- he's basically writing what comes to mind when he thinks of a certain player, like our colleague Doug Drinen did back in 2002 for PFR:

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Layups: Weiland’s Draft Grades

Posted by Neil Paine on June 30, 2009

Following up on his excellent draft previews, Ed Weiland of HoopsAnalyst offers up his grades on last Thursday's draft, including an interesting comparison between the bevy of point guards in this year's draft class and the iconic group of quarterbacks taken in the 1983 NFL draft. (Ty Lawson = Dan Marino!)

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The 220-Three Club

Posted by Neil Paine on June 29, 2009

No, that title shouldn't be interpreted as a particularly butchered way of writing "The 223 Club"... It's about guys who made at least 220 3-point field goals in a single season.

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Layups: Kobe Bryant Proves He Can Win A Championship… With Luke Walton

Posted by Neil Paine on June 28, 2009

Laughs (at poor Luke Walton's expense) courtesy of The Onion:

"While coach Phil Jackson said losing to the Celtics by 39 points in Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals motivated Bryant to succeed, he acknowledged that Kobe could not overcome Walton's utter lack of talent alone.

'Kobe certainly put up big numbers, but he also rallied this young group of players and took their play to another level with him,' Jackson said. 'Winning in the Luke Walton era took a total team effort. They should be proud of what they accomplished. You have to be at the very pinnacle of your game to rise above a player of Walton's caliber.'"

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Layups: HoopsAnalyst Takes On the Rookies, Part III

Posted by Neil Paine on June 27, 2009

Here's the final part of Ed Weiland's draft coverage over at HoopsAnalyst:


NBA Draft 2009: Centers
NBA Draft 2009: Power Forwards
NBA Draft 2009: Combo Forwards

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SR News: Mobile Survey

Posted by Justin Kubatko on June 25, 2009

Mobile-friendly versions of all of the Sports Reference sites are getting closer to becoming a reality. If you are interested in helping us shape how they turn out, and you have a few minutes to fill out this survey, we would appreciate the input. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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The Value of an NBA Draft Pick: Part III

Posted by Justin Kubatko on June 24, 2009

On Monday I assigned expected values to the top 60 picks in the NBA draft, both in terms of career value and value in their first four seasons, and on Tuesday I looked at some of the biggest draft busts since the merger. Today I am going to turn that around and look at some of the best draft picks in history.

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