Bill Simmons was part of ESPN’s team covering the NBA Draft live inside the Barclays Center Thursday night and at one point he suggested that new Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers had quit on the Boston Celtics. Well, when ESPN interviewed Rivers later in the evening to discuss the trade that sent Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets, he also addressed Simmons’ claims.
When the time comes for NBA players to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, why is it that many times half the people getting inducted aren’t even NBA players? The reason is because the NBA doesn’t have a Hall of Fame and is instead lumped in with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which includes everything and everyone that has contributed greatly to the game of basketball.
In my opinion it is time the NBA gets its own Hall of Fame. Here are three reasons why it needs to happen.
The new Bill Simmons writing project, Grantland, which I am very excited about, launches today.
I will be very disappointed if this is not a superb, must-read site with the who’s who of great online and offline writers Simmons has assembled.
I was never a big fan of wrestling, so I was not really able to relate with so many of peers as they tried to put the life and career of Macho Man Randy Savage into perspective over the past week in the wake of his untimely death.
However, reading this terrific column by Bill Simmons helped me to do just that.
Not many writers could hold my attention about a “sport” I never cared about or ever set aside time to watch. Simmons can.
In related news, Grantland is going to be awesome.
Yesterday, Jerod wrote a fantastic article on Dirk Nowitzki’s historically efficient night. In his article, he took an idea that was initially launched by Bill Simmons about a stat that measures a player’s efficiency on the offensive side of the ball.
He called the stat Points Per Miss, or PPM.
The stat really speaks for itself. How many points does a player score for every one of his missed shots? Really, it’s determining if a player brings more to the table than he takes from it. Every missed shot is a blown possession for his team while every make is a converted one.
We discovered that Dirk had an outstanding single-game PPM of 16 in Game 1. For every one of his misses, the big fellow scored SIXTEEN points. Simply outstanding.
However, as we thought about the stat more, and took the insightful and analytical contributions of commenters into consideration, we realized a few things.