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This Week’s Delicious Hot Links: Where the Cavs Won the Lottery

05.18.2011 · Posted in NBA

What is a Hot Link? Well, to most people, it’s a type of spicy hot peppery smoked sausages often found at barbecues in Texas and South America. Here in Stacheketball, it’s a list of links from this week’s best of the NBA Blogosphere. Cavs: The Blog: John Krolik touches on a variety of topics related ...

The Most Fascinating Case of Zach Randolph

05.04.2011 · Posted in NBA

Much has been said and written about Zach Randolph lately, and for good reason.  He is arguably the best player on a team that disposed of the top-seeded Spurs and then split the first two games against Oklahoma City, on the road, while looking nothing like an eighth seed.  Take the images of Dikembe Mutombo ...

Which G.M. job would you choose: Knicks or Nets?

04.08.2011 · Posted in NBA

I’m imagining it’s the morning of Wednesday, April 27. It could be a beautiful day, it could be snowing, who knows. The night before, the Knicks lost the sixth and final game of their first-round playoff series against the Heat. It went something like: Amar’e and Melo combine for 67 points in a Game One ...

Breaking Down the NBA’s Best Benches

03.18.2011 · Posted in NBA

  With the trade deadline and waiver period in the rear view mirror and NBA rosters set for the stretch run, it’s only appropriate to do an exhaustive study on the teams with the best benches, right?  Right. And since we already know which teams have the best starters – all that takes is a ...

What I learned at Sloan

03.08.2011 · Posted in NBA

Let me start by saying that the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference is awesome. Kicking it with writers from TrueHoop and Fangraphs while listening to experts from every corner of the sports landscape drop knowledge is about as much as any sports fan or aspiring writer could ask for. In it’s fifth year, the conference ...

Wolves to offer Kevin Love contract extension

03.03.2011 · Posted in NBA

The other night on Twitter, someone posed the question, “is Kevin Love a max player?”  It caught me off guard a little, but only because I hadn’t considered it in those terms yet since he wouldn’t even be a restricted free agent until after next season.  Well, that’s likely about to change.  Charley Walters of ...

Time may have run out for Baron Davis

02.25.2011 · Posted in NBA

It has to be tough for any Clipper fan to put today’s Baron Davis trade into perspective. Like it always tends to be with him, the timing just seemed off. A few summers ago, he was the biggest free agent signing in franchise history, the hometown kid with a chance to make right after a ...

2011 NBA All-Star Notebook

02.22.2011 · Posted in NBA

Even though the game is an exhibition and the rosters aren’t perfect and the whole thing is incredibly – perhaps obnoxiously – over-produced, the talent on display on Sunday was truly remarkable. As usual, defense was at a premium, but even in an All-Star game, the true greatness of NBA stars can still stand out. ...