Topic: Big Ideas

April 23, 2014

In 2011, Dirk Nowitzki gave everyone who cares about the NBA something they did not dare expect. He, and those Mavericks, gave some people even more than that. They needed it.

December 5, 2013

Antonio Gramsci can tell us more about the slippery, difficult business of building a basketball team than you might expect. Although most of it is about what we -- and NBA general managers -- don't know.

November 5, 2013

There are still more questions than answers where the 2013-14 NBA season is concerned. Some of those questions are bigger than others.

March 19, 2013

The general mood at the Sloan Sports and Analytics Conference was that of a happy revolution, and a celebration of good, new ideas overtaking and replacing bad, old ones. But how bloodless is this coup, really, and what would the post-revolution landscape look like?

March 11, 2013

The Sloan Sports and Analytics Conference may not have been quite the revolution as its most ardent acolytes imagined, but a lot of business cards were exchanged anyway. Part one of a two-part dispatch from a land where the GM of the Houston Rockets is something like a king, and all believe that some great change is coming.

November 16, 2012

Prince's classic album has nine songs. A batting order has nine spots. The rest is not as easy to figure out as you might think.