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Monthly Archives: May 2004

Impartiality

It’s amazing how your ability to be impartial gets impaired the more emotional you get about something. I’m sure it happens to people on a host of topics, including religion, politics, and sometimes sports. I’ve been banned (rightfully so) by my wife from discussing the first two, since it usually becomes a hot topic with yours truly. When a conversation turns highly emotional there is no exchange of ideas, since you’re not going into that kind of debate looking for a deeper understanding of your views. The emotional attachment blocks your objectivity. I want to go on record and say …continue reading

Foul? What Foul?

The other day I had a dream. I happened to be walking behind an NBA referee, and he dropped his rule book on the ground. I opened it up to Rule 12, Part B, Section 1. It read: Section I–Types a. A player shall not hold, push, charge into, impede the progress of an opponent by extending a hand, forearm, leg or knee or by bending the body into a position that is not normal. Contact that results in the re-routing of an opponent is a foul which must be called immediately. b. Contact initiated by the defensive player guarding …continue reading

Karl Malone vs. Kevin Garnett?

There is nothing greater to a blogger than to get a response via email. It means that someone out there is actually reading. Writing a blog is a solitary act. It’s very different from responding to a message board, or talking basketball with the person that happens to sit next to you at the bar. I don’t have to validate my work to anyone when I write my blog. For all intents & purposes, I write in a vacuum. Getting an email is joyous to a blogger. It means that someone out there is not just giving you a ‘hit’ …continue reading

Round 3

Let’s get another update in the KnickerBlogger 2004 Bloggers Bracket. BLOG: 1st 2nd Total PointsRon 7 4 11Michael 7 4 11Me 8 3 11Jon 7 3 10Kevin 6 4 10Scott 6 4 10Tim 6 4 10Matt 6 3 9 In the lead are Ron (Hornets247.com), Michael (Knicks Clicks), and myself. I put myself third because they have the 4 teams still alive, while I only have 3. I could really use Minnesota to knock off LA, which might clinch the championship for me. There is a 4 way tie for 4th place, with 3 of those guys also having 4 …continue reading

What A Difference A Game Makes

In an earlier column about the Timberwolves, I said that Minnesota improved their team on the defensive end. This is exactly how that they beat the Lakers last night. In game 1, LA had a field day, having an effective field goal percentage of 51%. Last night their eFG% dropped 10 points, to 41%. To put these numbers in perspective, 51% would have been an average night for league leading Sacramento, while game two would have looked bad even for this year’s Bulls (44.5%). Only Derek Fisher (1-2, 1 3PT) and Luke Walton (1-1, 1 3PT), had an eFG% of …continue reading

Standing On The Shoulders Of A Giant

Usually the title expression is in reference to when someone performs something great, but defers the credit to those that came before him to make it possible. If memory serves me correctly, it was Isaac Newton who used the expression (in it’s plural form) to honor those that made his discoveries possible. In this instance, I use it to describe the Timberwolves game 7 against the Kings. Kevin Garnett’s teammates jumped on his back, letting the giant carry them to victory. It was like Pippin & Merry on the back of Treebeard. Garnett played the entire 4th quarter, and at …continue reading

Home Is Where the Background Is?

I have various saved incomplete blog entries that will never see the light of day. One of them was about what gives a team the home court advantage. Last week, Raptorblog asked the same question: In my mind, the greatest mystery about NBA basketball is why homecourt advantage has such a profound effect on game results. I understand that the home team is allowed final substitutions and has the support of their fans (outside of Atlanta and New Orleans) but I can’t figure out why NBA home teams have a higher winning percentage than the other three major sports. So …continue reading