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  1. Memo to stat geeks

    Henry Abbott

    David Thorpe has a few things he would like the big brains at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference to work on....

    Blog | February 27, 2014
  2. The chemistry of aggression, part II

    Henry Abbott

    Clinical psychologist, professor, author, and former Suns advanced stats consultant Stephen Ilardi says naturally occurring testosterone has a massive effect on the brain. A few days ago, Ilardi told TrueHoop TV why it is that fans of the winning tea...

    Blog | November 19, 2013
  3. The origin of "no layups"

    Henry Abbott

    Dean Oliver (pioneer of NBA advanced stats, author of the seminal book "Basketball on Paper," former member of the Nuggets brain trust and current Director of Production Analytics for ESPN Stats & Information) once had a website where he wrote ab...

    Blog | March 28, 2013
  4. NBA Today: Sherman Alexie

    Henry Abbott

    Author Sherman Alexie has won most of the literary awards I've ever heard of, and is generally seen as a literary heavyweight. But that doesn't mean a huge chunk of his brain isn't dedicated to watching, playing and even reinventing basketball. We di...

    Blog | February 18, 2012
  5. Tuesday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    At the limits of athletic performance, new research confirms a theory that it's not about the body's limitations (oxygen, muscles, bloodflow etc.). It's about the brain keeping the body from going all out. In this experiment, they had people in a lab...

    Blog | September 20, 2011
  6. First Cup: Monday

    Henry Abbott

    Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News: "There is an imperative episode missing from Hilal Edebal's brain, unremembered over 18 years of haze. As with a lot of incidences and acquaintances since the accident, she can't recall anything about the day ...

    Blog | August 29, 2011
  7. First Cup: Thursday

    Henry Abbott

    Patrick Reusse of the Star Tribune: "Rambis and Kahn are on different planets as to how they see the game and this team. And even if Kahn had the giant brain in vocabulary and Rambis had the big brain in basketball, Kahn was smart enough to know bad ...

    Blog | June 23, 2011
  8. First Cup: Monday

    Henry Abbott

    Dave Krieger of The Denver Post: "Melo in Manhattan on Sunday was a predictable romantic comedy with a happy ending for the home folks. Unfortunately, it appears that ending is only just now dawning on the Nuggets' latest brain trust. Even without Ca...

    Blog | December 13, 2010
  9. Doubt Steve Nash at your peril

    Henry Abbott

    Fans in Portland booed mightily the other night when Steve Nash fell to the ground with the ball, stood up, and passed, without being called for traveling. I think they implant a chip in our brains in middle school that says you simply must not stand...

    Blog | December 09, 2010
  10. Congratulations to Matt Moore

    Henry Abbott

    Congratulations to Matt Moore of Hardwood Paroxysm who just became the latest TrueHoop Network blogger to get a full-time NBA media job. Today he starts at CBS, where he will be blogging his brains out. Nobody has worked harder. Meanwhile, in keeping...

    Blog | June 28, 2010
  11. On the Notion that Dwight Howard Has No Post Game

    Henry Abbott

    On Tuesday evening, I settled into my media row seat next to David Thorpe for Game 3 of the NBA Finals. I always like to pick Thorpe's brain, so I asked him a question along the lines of "if you start your career looking like Dwight Howard, ...

    Blog | June 11, 2009
  12. What to Expect from Jameer Nelson?

    Henry Abbott

    Brain Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel writes: Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson looks to be closer to playing in the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers as observers said he was flying down the floor, running with the second team in Tues...

    Blog | June 02, 2009
  13. Winners, Apparently, Hit People in the Head

    Henry Abbott

    Tuesday night was a great night of NBA basketball, but this morning aren't there two plays emblazoned on your brain? Rajon Rondo and Dwight Howard star in this story. They both made hard contact with opponent's heads and they both won games i...

    Blog | April 29, 2009
  14. Life in E Division

    Henry Abbott

    So much of what I love about sports is that the rules and referees create something of a level playing field, on which players can compete their brains out to get a sense of who is actually better. Of course, it's not perfect. It's hard to be...

    Blog | January 13, 2009
  15. Game-Changing Statistics

    Henry Abbott

    Remember high school math? When I was in high school, that was a world of calculators, equations, and solving for x. Solving for x was fine for my brain, but when there were more variables, like a, b, c, and d, things quickly became desk-poundingly c...

    Blog | October 24, 2008
  16. Lying in Style

    Henry Abbott

    Jake from the blog NBA on the Brain had a totally crazy idea: To write this entire NBA season in fiction. As it goes along, in more or less real time, he'll write a fake version of the back story. He explains here. It'll be a lot of work, and if the ...

    Blog | October 13, 2008