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  1. The chaos theory of basketball

    Curtis Harris

    It seems counterintuitive that chaos is something NBA coaches could ever want on the court. "In all sports," Sloan panelist Bill James chimed, "all coaches overuse strategies that give them the illusion of control." Calling copious plays and taking t...

    Blog | March 01, 2014
  2. Solving for W

    Jim Cavan/KnickerBlogger

    This year's Sloan Sports Analytics Conference featured a bevy of fascinating papers, panels and discussions, a good grip of them basketball-centric. Taken together, they paint a picture of an NBA stats landscape that had even Bill James, Godfather of...

    Blog | March 09, 2012
  3. B.S. Report: Eric Mangini, Mark Cuban, Bill James, Jeff Van Gundy...

    Bill Simmons

    Bill Simmons headed back to Boston for the 2012 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. At Sloan, he was joined Eric Mangini, who just finished his first season as an ESPN NFL analyst. You can find the B.S. Report podcast with Eric Mangini on the...

    Blog | March 06, 2012
  4. On Bill James, the writer

    Kevin Arnovitz

    AP Photo/Charles Krupa Bill James is the godfather of advanced stats in sports, but he's also one heckuva writer. The pages of my 1984 Bill James Baseball Abstract are crinkled and mildewy from the moist Carolina summer. My name, in my mother's han...

    Blog | March 01, 2012
  5. Our nominations for genius grants from the world of sports

    Gene Wojciechowski

    The MacArthur Foundation awarded its "Genius Grants" again last month. And again, sports got the shaft. How could they overlook the brilliance in our world? Our nominations include ...

    Story | Conversation | October 12, 2011
  6. Put Your Questions to Bill James

    Henry Abbott

    Demi-god of sports stats, taking requests....

    Blog | March 25, 2008
  7. Monday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Bill James, statistical Wizard best known for his work in baseball, writing in the Boston Globe: "In the NBA, the element of predetermination is simply too high. Simply stated, the best team wins too often. If the best team always wins, then the sequ...

    Blog | October 08, 2007
  8. Baseball Stat Guru Bill James: NBA Doomed

    Henry Abbott

    The blog Shea Faithful interviewed the godfather of baseball statistics, Bill James (via Deadspin), who is now a senior baseball operations advisor to the Boston Red Sox. (Bill James on Wikipedia.) James was asked about the oddity of St. Louis barely...

    Blog | March 27, 2007
  9. 2014 NBA playoffs -- Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio Spurs named Fin...

    Kawhi Leonard could have been devastated by losing last season's NBA Finals.

    Story | Conversation | June 15, 2014
  10. New York Knicks relaunch coaching search after losing out on Stev...

    Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne

    Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks, forced to regroup after being trumped by Golden State in the race to hire Steve Kerr, relaunched their coaching search Thursday.

    Story | Conversation | May 15, 2014
  11. Kobe Bryant puts Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Bill ...

    LeBron James said he'll be there one day, but Kobe Bryant said Bill Russell is there right now.

    Story | Conversation | February 16, 2014
  12. Kansas Jayhawks freshman Andrew Wiggins not fully appreciated bec...

    Jean-Jacques Taylor

    The true talent of Kansas Jayhawks freshman Andrew Wiggins can't be properly appreciated because we're too busy comparing him to LeBron James and the NBA's best.

    Story | Conversation | February 06, 2014
  13. NBA - 5-on-5: ESPN doubleheader

    Our 5-on-5 crew takes a look at the Wednesday ESPN doubleheader.

    Story | Conversation | December 18, 2013
  14. About Last Night: Rose's Ruined Return

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were busy walking the plank at the behest of Bill Belichick, here's what you missed in sports on Tuesday: LeBron James and the Miami Heat opened their NBA championship defense with an impressive 107-95 win over Derrick Rose and the C...

    Blog | October 30, 2013
  15. Time for innovative tactics

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss

    Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty ImagesThe Spurs almost won a title by surprising LeBron James with a defensive innovation: space.A sport can change dramatically just because one man decides to do something no one else thought of. Bill Walsh pretty ...

    Blog | August 14, 2013
  16. NBA Job Interview: Otto Porter Jr. (With Scouting Report!)

    Grantland Staff

    Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons talk to NBA draft prospect Otto Porter Jr. about how he plans to guard LeBron James, the parts of his game he needs to improve, and the odds he ends up on the Detroit Pistons. Check out the full-length video below, followe...

    Blog | June 25, 2013