Thursday Bullets

  • If you're a Jordan Head, a sneaker maniac, then you really want to know read about this epic meeting of your tribe in Chicago, for the final scene of a documentary on your people.

  • The Sixers get one last game in the Spectrum -- where Julius Erving did his thing -- before it is torn down.

  • I have read probably 50 different articles or blog posts looking at a team's schedule for the season. (For instance.) They all agree on one thing: [Insert team name here] got a really tough schedule this year. Welcome to the NBA, where there are no easy schedules.

  • Kevin McHale looking at the schedule, weilding a sword.

  • Luol Deng in London, being famous.

  • A fascinating tale of philanthropy, involving a really rich guy and a really poor guy. I'm guessing your typical NBA player can relate to both guys better than most. I wonder if that would make them uniquely qualified to participate in creative giving.

  • Tom Ziller has developed a statistical model that essentially deciphers how "pass-first" a guard is. If you apply those numbers to the last year of college, as Matt from Ridiculous Upside has done, it looks like none of this year's rookies have been at the high-end of the pass-first scale. (And certainly not Jerryd Bayless!)

  • Really big mess of fancy graphs, ranking player production in a newish way, with very thorough explanations of what this brand of stat geekiness is about. "The Arbitrarian" writing on Hardwood Paroxysm, tells the tale in terms of a lemonade stand: "Imagine a lemonade stand owned and staffed by Xavier, Yvette, and Zach. They make money by selling home-brewed lemonade at the end of their cul-de-sac, and only one of them staffs the stand at any given time. After their first month in business, they look at their lemonade sales revenue, and try to figure out which salesperson deserves what part of the income. One option would be to split the revenue into thirds--three employees, three parts. Zach claims that such a distribution is unfair because he worked over half of the total number of hours, while Yvette and Xavier worked about a quarter of the hours each. He claims that the distribution should thus be more like (1/4, 1/4, 1/2). Xavier points out, however, that if they are trying to assess each employee's value, they should try to find a more specific measure of actual revenue generated by each seller. He suggests that, since revenue is generated by lemonade sales, revenue generation should be measured in terms of the number of lemonades sold by each employee. Since they kept detailed records of such numbers, this is easy to calculate: Xavier sold 2/5 of all glasses, Yvette 1/2, and Zach just 1/10. Zach is disappointed that his pay-per-hour gambit was foiled, but must concede that this arrangement is more just--Yvette and Xavier are much better salespersons, and did more to help the company make money, while Zach mostly daydreamed during his hours on the job."

  • Top European teams could offer top NBA stars more than salary. They could offer them equity in and/or endorsements from the team and affiliated companies. Something to think about if you're LeBron James.

  • The Greek under-18 team dominates, and is loaded with talent.

  • SLC Dunk lists seven reasons the Jazz need to keep Carlos Boozer. Number 5: "There would be a decrease in funny fan signs at the games. 'I'm a Mormon, but I love my Booze' is nothing short of a riot." Come to think of it, how funny would be if Carlos Boozer had an endorsement deal with Seagram's, or Jack Daniels, or Absolut or somebody like that. That would be hilarious.