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The NBA vs. Kevin Garnett's elbow

In assessing Kevin Garnett's suspension for a thrown elbow in Game 1 against the Heat on Saturday, Zach Lowe of CelticsHub compiles a must-see video dossier of similar past incidents involving Kobe Bryant, Trevor Ariza, Rafer Alston, Ron Artest, Rasheed Wallace and others. Show More Summary

Heat's odds of keeping Wade increase

It was at the end of Friday’s Board of Governors press conference, which I was giddy to unexpectedly find live on NBA TV, that David Stern revealed a massive surprise. The commissioner says that the league is now projecting next season’s...Show More Summary

The 2010 TrueHoop Stat Geek Smackdown

The TrueHoop Stat Geek Smackdown is four years old, which means it's following roughly the same timeline as Daryl Morey's MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. If Sloan is the Lollapalooza of hoops dorks (or, per Bill Simmons, Dorkapalooza) then the Smackdown is the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow. Show More Summary

Wednesday Bullets

The Boston Herald has dropped the bomb that Doc Rivers may not be long for the Celtics. Or, at least, it seems like a bomb. But look through the comments on that story about Rivers potentially leaving. No one is upset! At the moment of this writing, they range from gleeful to resigned. Show More Summary

Meadowlands Mystery Man

By Chris Sheridan As an addendum to my column from last night on the final NBA game at the Meadowlands, I also wanted to share one of my favorite sights from The Swamp: A plaque that hangs on the wall near the main box office in a section of the arena known as the New Jersey Sports Hall of Fame. Show More Summary

Why pending free agents produce bad basketball

Last night at Staples Center, the Clippers lost their 20th game in 24 outings. There is no shortage of factors to explain just how miserable the Clippers have been over the past six weeks: The departure of Marcus Camby, nagging injuries to key players, an interim coach pacing the sidelines. Show More Summary

Is owning a small-market NBA team good business?

Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE/Getty Images "Almost anything we did with our money," says Greg Miller "would get a better return on investment." The second in a series based on conversation with Greg Miller, CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies that owns the Utah Jazz. Show More Summary

The New Orleans Hornets without George Shinn

Amid reports that George Shinn may be selling his majority stake in the New Orleans Hornets to minority owner Gary Chouest has Ryan Schwan of Hornets247 affixing his research hat. First, he found that the most common criticism of Shinn -- that he's cheap -- really isn't based in fact. Show More Summary

Getting the ball in the hoop is like commuting to work

Brian Skinner, a University of Minnesota grad student (and not the NBA player by the same name), presented a paper at the 2010 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference about how a basketball offense is like a traffic network. And he used...Show More Summary

First Cup: Monday

Brian Windhorst of The Plain Dealer: "LeBron James appeared to be taking an Easter stroll until anger at officiating woke him up and he imposed his will by scoring 20 of his 42 points on the then helpless-looking Celtics (48-28) in the fourth quarter. Show More Summary

First Cup: Friday

Howard Beck of The New York Times: "At 6 feet 8 inches, he could be an overpowering staff ace or a fearsome closer. Imagine the possibilities. Tracy McGrady has. 'I love baseball right to this day more than I love basketball,' he said, lounging at the Knicks’ hotel here earlier this week. Show More Summary

The tricks of Gilbert Arenas

Several people saw Gilbert Arenas with guns in the Wizards' locker room last December. In the days and hours to follow, hard questions were asked. It would have been a great time for Arenas to "come clean" about his dispute with teammate Javaris Crittenton. Show More Summary

Video: the simple game of basketball

The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference could hardly have gotten more coverage on TrueHoop. But all the same, we have just scratched the surface of identifying all the good stuff. Which is why I'm posting this video -- of the key "What the Geeks Don't Get" panel -- for a second time. Show More Summary

A new kind of Blazermania

A few days ago, the Portland Trail Blazers fired their assistant general manager, Tom Penn. And one of the NBA's most robust fanbases is starting to freak out, to the point that there is literally talk, in Blazer fan blog comments, of riots. Show More Summary

Friday Bullets

LeBron James shoots 76.9 percent from the stripe. How much better would the Cavs be if he could get his free-throw shooting up to an 85 percent clip? Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post on Dwyane Wade's performance against the Magic last night: "And Wade? Stop it. Show More Summary

Michael Jordan sums up his career as a basketball executive

People have long criticized Michael Jordan as a basketball executive. (I have not been immune myself: "A decade into his time running NBA front offices," I wrote the other day, "he still hasn't had any significant success. Maligned for...Show More Summary

Best dunks in Nuggets history

I just learned the Nuggets went years under Doug Moe, starring Alex English, with hardly any dunks at all. But for a team with a lost dunker's decade, they sure do well in the conversation of greatest dunks of all time. There's the whole...Show More Summary

The Timberwolves' long-term approach

Most NBA teams sell themselves to fans as a good night out. The Minnesota Timberwolves, on the other hand, are selling themselves as a good upcoming half-decade or so. They aren't making any promises about tonight. Consider, for instance, some recent  Minnesota Timberwolves sales materials. Show More Summary

The stat movement goes establishment

It would have been tough for TrueHoop to have covered the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference any more than we did. And yet, despite all that, the huge point we really haven't captured is that this conference was a point of no return for the NBA. Show More Summary

Key moments at MIT

I  heard a ton of raves and very few complaints about the 2010 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. (Although, worth noting... roll through Twitter coverage of the event, and you'll find scattered gripes about how there was only soda, and not bottled water, at lunch. Show More Summary

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