Author Archives: John Wilmes

On the NBA: Moral Victories

Yes, we believe in these—some of us do, anyway. In all likelihood, your propensity to dub a loss as a victory in the “moral” department is greatly exacerbated by your emotional proximity to the team of discussion. When we put our pride in other men and they’ve handled it wrong, this distinction gives is something [...]

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On the NBA: What do the sleeves mean?

What’s up with these sleeves on the jerseys? Are we only talking about them because of our exhausting dorkdom for the game, or is there something actually going on? Asked about the fancy t-shirts at his All-Star Weekend press conference, commissioner Adam Silver said that he’s prolonging the experiment because they’re selling at a very [...]

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On the NBA: “Skills” Contests

On the eve of the 2014 NBA All-Star weekend in New Orleans, a bit of research fell onto the doormat of basketball’s blogosphere. “Databall,” an article by Grantland’s Kirk Goldsberry, explains a paper which proposes to institute a revolutionary new measurement known as EPV—short for Expected Point Value. The statistic seeks to quantify the scoring [...]

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On the NBA: League reality is something less than BattleTanx

Over-proclamations of tanking are wearing on me, fast. It’s become the last line of ego defense for frans who’ve put too much personal pride into their franchises—which, make no mistake, describes this writer—to either take a bit of schaudenfreude-soaked glee in this disarray of other organizations or, alternately, to suggest your own home city’s losing [...]

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On the NBA: The Pedal

Beyond the compilation and gelling of talent, beyond the fine-tuning of playbooks and familiarities with self and other, comes another level of NBA challenge—pace. The undoing of many a title competitor, knowing when to ease off and slam down on the acceleration pedal throughout the slog of the season is often the difference between having [...]

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