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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