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On Myopia – Part 2

The awesome spectacle of irrational hysteria was once more on full display after this weekend’s trade between the Dallas Mavericks and Washington Wizards.  Amidst the unintelligible rantings, there was even longing for the days of Carrol Dawson.  Seriously.

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On Revisionism (and McGrady)

Perhaps the most striking element of the Tracy McGrady Debate has been a revisionist tendency exhibited by his detractors. There exists a notion that, to the convenient omission of his obvious physical decline, McGrady’s most recent struggles are simply the latest proof of an allegedly inherent incompatibility with ‘winning basketball.’ This assertion is then oft [...]

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On +/- and such

“Chill out! Plus/minus is not invading. It’s not here to take over. The women and children are safe. Plus/minus will not replace everything you ever thought you knew about sports. It’s not here to extreminate your coach, your MVP voter or your eyes.” Writing in TrueHoop, Henry Abbott makes a great case for +/-, and, [...]

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Discerning Morey’s Philosophy – Part 2

This post is a continuation of a series entitled ‘Discerning Morey’s Philosophy.’ On Draft Night 2006, I had described news of the Battier-Gay trade as “the moment I had completely lost faith in the competence of management.” It’s rather humorous to consider just how much my tune has changed. After a decade of mismanagement, the [...]

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On McGrady – Part 4

It appears that Tracy McGrady has played his last game as a Houston Rocket. The entire saga has been disappointing. I’m disappointed by the outcome; disappointed in McGrady; disappointed by the sudden finality of that moment when a prior hope ceases to exist. I said in my assessment that, overall, I didn’t think Tracy was [...]

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