Produced by Brian Foster(@boxscorebrian)
This week's poll
Brian was referencing this hit by Vlad Guerrero. Baseball's a silly sport.
Patrick's amazing work means we have NBA Wins Produced numbers back to the 1970s!. That's as good as it's going to get too sadly. When you see other advanced stats go earlier, the "trick" they use is to make up guesses for player stats.
Oh yeah, Patrick also added a way to compare players' career stats. Check it out!
I manage to reference my 92 Dream Team poster. Looking at his numbers, I'll take back my dig at Chris Mullin. That said, Christian Laettner had no business on that team. Now, that aside, Dennis Rodman was the best player in the NBA in 1992.
Robert Horry Hall of Fame
Does he belong in the Hall of Fame? We've been arguing about this all week.
We get on a tangent about why the Hall of Fame's "lax standards" and the BCS are good things in terms of entertainment for fans. Compelling playoffs are good, as we've written about before.
On Robert Horry, the number of players the Hall lets in makes the standards lax enough to get him in. That said, many other players need to go first, Mutombo? How about Brent Barry? Oh yeah, Horace Grant gets snubbed from his contributions to Michael Jordan's legacy.
Toronto Raptors and Drake
Drake trying to lure Devin Durant to the Toronto Raptors resulted in a $25,000 fine. What's worth noting is this is not normal in most fields. In areas like tech, the idea of people being allowed to job search is the norm. Companies are expected to try and woo talent. In pro-sports we have people worrying about collusion when friends talk about working together.
An example of actual tampering was the Joe Smith saga in Minnesota. Of course, that was poorly executed even before it was punished.
Boxscore Geeks Drinking Game
Anyone with graphic aptitude that wants to make a poster for this? We're starting to get a few rules together (add yours in the comments below)
- Anytime we bring up Kevin Love
- Anytime we bring up the "tech industry"
- Anytime we compare something to professional wrestling.
- Anytime Dre's dogs make noise.
Brent Barry(@Barryathree) for his love of our Horry piece and bringing up True Shooting numbers on Twitter.
Rodney McCray gets an official shout out for stumping us by his great play.
The people, protestors, and media of Ferguson earn a shout out. We are absolutely against the travesties of the Ferguson police. Our support goes out to those that whose rights have been oppressed and those that have kept reporting and protesting.
Intro Music - Test Drive by Zapac.
Outro Music - Simply the Best by Tina Turner