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The Sampling Period

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There comes a time in every person’s life where multiple paths are laid out and must be narrowed to one. For some, the traditional path is the one most obviously trodden; others may find themselves, as Robert Frost once did, on a road not taken.

In the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference panel “10,000 Hours vs. The Sports Gene,” authors Malcolm Gladwell and David Epstein debated myriad ways in which an athlete transitions from who they can be to the athlete they were meant to be. Continue Reading

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NBA Power Rankings Part One

30: Milwaukee Bucks Did I actually once say that Bucks forward Khris Middleton was a poor man’s Kevin Durant? Unfortunately I did. That was when Middleton was at Texas A&M though, so does it really count? It does? Damn it!… Continue Reading

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Saving the Skyhook Podcast #4

The other night, I was joined by co-editor Matthew Hochberg and staff writer Sam Kuperman for Saving the Skyhook Podcast #4. We started off the show with a discussion about the “Hack-a-Shaq” strategy that we’ve seen implemented frequently this year… Continue Reading

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Magic Win, End 10 Game Losing Streak: Thoughts on the NBA for 1/20/14

The Celtics and Magic met last night in the highly anticipated Tank War matchup. The Celtics picked up a win against the Raptors a few days prior, so they were only coming in with a one game losing streak. The… Continue Reading

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Greg Oden Back: Thoughts on the NBA for 1/16/14

Last night was an awesome one across the Association, and we have lots to talk about, but we have to start with the return of Greg Oden. After over four years, Oden suited up for a regular season game last… Continue Reading

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Drake Night: Thoughts on the NBA for 1/12/14

In case you weren’t aware, last night was Drake night in Toronto, and it was magical. We already showed you the picture of Drake’s jacket lined with a Vince Carter jersey, but that was just the beginning. We’re going to… Continue Reading