Category Archives: basketball

Did Something Happen To Jeff Greenfield Today?


I’m getting a bunch of folks dropping by to look at this post.

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Rating The Top College Hoops Programs of the Modern Era


Just wanted to give a heads up to you about this series. They’re up to #16 right now. I’m curious where UConn will end up.

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More From Drew Cannon


Drew is the one who talked about mixing and matching offensive and defensive assignments in hoops. Here’s his latest. It’s about intangibles and probbly applies to teens playing other sports besides basketball.

I guess I’m just as guilty as anyone else of writing read and react pieces when I’m pressed for time.

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The Positional Revolution Will Be Blogivised


Free Darko talks about a positional revolution in hoops. I think that’s what Drew Cannon is talking about at Basketball Prospectus, as well. But he’s talking more about how to mix and match offensive and defensive roles. FD was more about bigs shooting from the perimeter and quick guys banging inside. At least that’s how I read it. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.

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Jeff Greenfield: The Black and White Truth about Basketball


I alluded to this essay when writing The Underground Cult Of Slugging. Here it is, in Google book form. It originally appeared in Esquire back in 1975. They had an issue dedicated to sports. It must have been anthologized elsewhere, because I remember reading it and I wasn’t reading Esquire when I was seven. Unfortunately, only part of the excerpt is available, but I was able to read the whole thing a couple of years ago at the Bridgeport Public Library. They keep periodicals there forever.

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Six Degrees of Spencer Haywood


Spencer Haywood was an interesting cat. Dig. He was husband, at one point, to the supermodal Iman. Wikipedia includes her in a list of mononymous people like Cher or Madonna or Prince. Mononymous! I wish I thought up that word. Anyways, Iman went onto marry David Bowie.

Bowie is an interesting connector. He’s collaborated with all sorts of folks like Mick Jagger, Bing Crosby, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Niles Rodgers. He worked with John Lennon on “Fame.” Lennon was once interviewed on Monday Night Football by Howard Cossell. This was before they started to have celebrities on every MNF game, so it was a special occasion. And Cossell was the first person to announce Lennon’s death on TV. Cossell is intertwined intimately with Muhammad Ali. But this is a cul-de-sac. We need to go back to Lennon.

It is true that Lennon was in a band before the Plastic Ono Band. They were the Beatles. On the White Album, there’s a song “Dear Prudence” that was written by Lennon and Paul McCartney. It was written about Prudence Farrow, who went to India with the group to meditate. Prudence has a more famous sister named Mia. Mia lived for over a decade with Woody Allen. Now,this is the weakest link, but Allen wrote an article for Sport about Earl Monroe that I’ve mentioned here. He never interviewed him for it or anything. They did meet during the filming of Annie Hall, but the Pearl’s scene was cut. Monroe and Haywood were teammates from ’75 to ’78.

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Eric Musselman’s Blog


Tom over at Residual Prolixity mentioned this one. Musselman is the basketball coach, He hasn’t updated it in a year, but his blog looks like a treasure trove. If you look under the categories of offense and defense, it might remind you of Smart Football. Some of the entries reminded me of Chris Brown’s work. I’m a strathead, my favorite letters are X and O, so I enjoy stuff like this.

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Woody Allen: A Fan’s Notes On Earl Monroe


I found the essay that Bethlehem Shoals mentioned Friday.  It’s here.  Google Books is wonderful.  Incidentally, the title of the essay reminds me that I really should read the Fred Exley book A Fan’s Notes.  It is highly recommended by Josh Wilker.

Allen came to basketball relatively late in life, but once he got into it, he got into it.

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Sports Stats Sites: A Quick Compendium


Baseball
1. Baseball Reference
2. Retrosheet
3. Fangraphs
4. Baseball Prospectus

Basketball
1. Basketball Reference
2. College Basketball Reference
3. Basketball Prospectus

Football
1. Pro Football Reference
2. Football Outsiders

Hockey
1. Hockey Reference
2. Puck Prospectus

I think those are the major non-mediaconglomerate stat sites. Am I missing anything?

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Wages of Win Journal: Joe Johnson and the Past Century of the Disconnect Between the Words and Deeds of Sports Owners


I’m not posting this because I have a Joe Johnson fetish. The postscript caught my eye.

P.S. Do you like the shorter posts? This was a topic discussed during the panel on sports and blogging at the Western Economic Association. Justin Wolfers says the posts at Freakonomics are supposed to be 400 words or shorter. I responded that I struggled with the 800 word limit at Huffington Post. Although this is true, I am going to start trying to make whatever point I am trying to make (as if I am always trying to make a point) a bit quicker. And one last note… I am now back in Cedar City. So all the stuff I promised to post might appear soon.

I’m firmly in the camp that short is beautiful when it comes to writing; especially on the web. I sometimes have moments of self-doubt about this; especially when I see popular writers like Bill Simmons or Aaron Gleeman write epic-length articles. But I do believe that style works better in print than online. How many of you read this during stolen moments at work? I bet it’s the majority of you. And I don’t think that multi-tasking is really conducive to retaining info from longer thinkpieces.

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