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  1. Phil on new basketball common sense

    Henry Abbott

    Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports Phil Jackson's coach, Red Holzman, preached lessons that sync with today's stat geekery. Praise be, in this confusing new world of basketball evidence, to those few special hoops topics with clarity. Talk to the...

    Blog | October 14, 2013
  2. The new basketball common sense

    Henry Abbott

    You can lie with statistics. But not like this. What I mean is, let's say we're arguing about ... any old thing. Maybe you think people should eat more jello. No doubt you could find some stat (or, indeed, a stats-based rap) showing folks are b...

    Blog | October 09, 2013
  3. TrueHoop TV: Damian Lillard on playing time

    Henry Abbott

    Damian Lillard says he could play better. The reigning rookie of the year says shorter minutes would help. In the second part of a conversation (here's part one, rapid fire) he also discusses scams ("it's more common than people think"), egos ("i...

    Blog | September 12, 2013
  4. Chad Ford: How not to draft

    Henry Abbott

    Chad Ford breaks down common draft mistakes, one of which is not caring enough about character. On the upside, he says this year's draft is heavy with high-character players like Nerlens Noel, Victor Oladipo, Otto Porter, Alex Len and Ben McLemore. ...

    Blog | June 24, 2013
  5. What happens to the NBA's Iron Men?

    Henry Abbott

    Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images Play a ton of minutes in the regular season, like Stephen Curry, and injuries are common. A while back I found that players who play a ton of minutes don't win NBA titles anymore. It used to happen all the ti...

    Blog | May 13, 2013
  6. Key to defense in NBA playoffs is foul hard and often - ESPN The ...

    Henry Abbott

    Tackling is not allowed in the NBA, so why is it so common come playoff time? Because it works, writes Henry Abbott in ESPN The Magazine.

    Story | Conversation | May 10, 2013
  7. When we criticize David Kahn

    Henry Abbott

    David Sherman/Getty Images The NBA won't have David Kahn to kick around anymore. David Kahn's contract has not been renewed. The most common reaction is, what took owner Glen Taylor so long? (Be warned: that link's to Twitter, and this is Kahn. ...

    Blog | May 02, 2013
  8. Derek Fisher takes on Billy Hunter

    Henry Abbott

    Patrick McDermott/Getty Images Sport A long-tense relationship explodes. Back in the lockout, a common theme was that David Stern was looking to massacre, destroy or otherwise obliterate the National Basketball Players Association. It was never ...

    Blog | April 25, 2012
  9. The business of the NBA is good

    Henry Abbott

    There was a common refrain during the lockout, which was: Doesn't the NBA realize that whenever they get back in business, the fans won't be there waiting? Not so, evidently. The first 325 games of this NBA season averaged attendance of 17,094....

    Blog | February 02, 2012
  10. A cold new twist in the delusion of the hot hand

    Henry Abbott

    People insist on believing the hot hand is common -- evidence be damned! It's consistent with something else researchers have uncovered about the human psyche: We often see patterns where, in fact, there is randomness. I'll give you an example....

    Blog | May 06, 2011
  11. Nothing fails like success

    Henry Abbott

    Vin Baker is one of those stories. He was an All-Star making $13 million a year, but now he's talking about alcoholism, financial disaster and how tough life is. How does this happen? And why is this story so common? Baker was on the Stan Simps...

    Blog | October 28, 2010
  12. Seven technical thoughts

    Henry Abbott

    Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images This kind of complaining has been rubbing people the wrong way. For the upcoming season, NBA referees have been instructed to call automatic technical fouls when players do some things that are very common to the ...

    Blog | September 24, 2010
  13. The Mark Cuban game experience

    Henry Abbott

    A very common complaint among TrueHoop readers is that there is no time, at an NBA game, to relax. There's hyper music and promotions and videos and races at all times. Especially when basketball is not being played! If you're going to the arena to w...

    Blog | September 10, 2010
  14. Seven straight 3s, by the numbers

    Henry Abbott

    Last night I asked how common it was for a player like Ray Allen to make seven straight 3-pointers. Was he hot? Or is that just the kind of run good shooters have once in a while? Research has never found the hot hand to be anything like as common...

    Blog | June 07, 2010
  15. The New Orleans Hornets without George Shinn

    Henry Abbott

    Amid reports that George Shinn may be selling his majority stake in the New Orleans Hornets to minority owner Gary Chouest has Ryan Schwan of Hornets247 affixing his research hat. First, he found that the most common criticism of Shinn -- that he'...

    Blog | April 09, 2010
  16. The Selective Ban of Public Trade Requests

    Henry Abbott

    How many times have we heard it? Granted, it's not all that common, but it certainly is a known quantity. NBA players sometimes say, into the microphones of reporters, that they would like to be traded. Kobe Bryant, for instance, has done just th...

    Blog | September 16, 2009