LeBron James missed his second consecutive game last night. Yet the Cavaliers were able to defeat the Spurs. It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t due to luck or chance. It did have something to do with the Spurs not being as advertised this season, but that isn’t the point. Read the rest of this entry »
In short, Game Theory is a mathematical interpretation of a certain contextual situation. In Game Theory, the term “game” denotes a particular situation where there is a conflict with “n” being the number of individuals or groups that participate within the “game.” Also, Game Theory accounts for certain rules and restrictions within the game, as well as “moves” made by choice or chance. Finally there must be a “payoff” or outcome to the game, either a resultant of the conflict or a mutual verdict between parties. While originally adapted for economic models, the concept of Game Theory has been extended to social science, military strategy, and even professional basketball.
So, being a basketball fan in Northeast Ohio on a night not named Wednesday or Friday, the only basketball on is the Cavaliers. Seeing as how it was also voting day, I couldn’t catch all of the game, however, I have some feelings on what I did see. Read the rest of this entry »
The Spurs have a long and illustrious history dating back to the ABA, unapologetic Afros, short shorts, and a style of playing basketball built to purely entertain. This is of course in reference to George Gervin and his gorgeous finger roll that has since inspired a new generation of flair, much like Kareem’s sky hook or Dr. J’s gliding through the air. Read the rest of this entry »
Most teams around the Association have enacted the same process for going about building a team that has a great chance of winning games. They use the same basic outline and then add a few spices to the mix in order to attain the ultimate glory.
The game of basketball is an international affair, and has been so for quite some time now. It was no more apparent than at the 2004 Olympics when the United States failed to bring home the gold. The foreigners have invaded the Association and added some new flavors to the basketball soup.
I personally blame the influx of foreign ballers on Toni Kukoc. Before Kukoc broke into the league on Jordan’s Bulls, a foreign player was very alien to the Association and its many fans (sans Hakeem Olajuwon). He would lie low for a few years until his Airness’ retirement after the ’93 championship. He would then take center stage, playing Robin to Scottie Pippen’s Batman. That was until the playoffs however, when Jedi Phil Jackson designed a play at the end of a game where Kukoc, not Pippen, would take the game winning shot. Instead of complying, Pippen remained seated on the bench while Kukoc subsequently took and made said shot and won the game for the Bulls. Toni would stay on the Bulls until after they won their second Three-peat, when he would leave to bounce around the league until his retirement.
There are some players in the Association who stand out amongst all their competitors. Not for their talents, or incredible shots, but for their hustle and ferocity on the court. These are the type of players that are praised by coaches but receive little fanfare for their efforts. They will never lead the league in All Star votes or be named the MVP, but their efforts are more than appreciated by teammates. Read the rest of this entry »