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steven lebron volume 1, coming soon

I’m happy to announce that the book projecting I’ve been touting for months now is finally getting to the point where it’s near completion for printing. This has been a project I’ve been working on for most of this year. As I’m writing this, I can tell you that there are eight pieces of writing that are going through final edits and revisions right now, and my art director Mark Malazarte is hard at work putting together the last few layouts for my review. 

Below is more details on how you can stay updated with the project and its eventual Kickstarter campaign and what you should expect from the book. 

1. What is this book about?

It is a project to both demonstrate my passion for sports and also to show the possibilities of the collaboration between art and writing. One of the best things I’ve discovered since I’ve become immersed with the online sports community are all the other people who share the same creative drive as me, whether it is expressed through words, illustrations or something else entirely. 

The book — which I expect to come in at around 40-60 pages — will feature some of my previous writing along with new pieces that explore the meaning of sports through the relationships I’ve developed with some of the athletes I’ve followed; some more recently, some for several decades. 

The order of the articles are still to be determined, but the book will include pieces on: Kobe Bryant, Jeremy Lin, Vince Carter, Michael Jordan, NMA Animations, Barry Bonds, Arthur Ashe, Dwight Howard, John Strickland, the oral history of Norman Einstein’s, Tom Thibodeau, Rip Hamilton, Gregg Popovich, Dennis Rodman, Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe and my high school basketball career. 

2. What will it look like?

I’m happy to share a few draft layouts from the book so far:




3. Who else is involved with the project?

Artists who have contributed to the project: Nathan McKee, J.O. Applegate of Bouncex3, Tessa Chong, Mike McGrath, Jeffrey Dowdy, Leon Jimenez and Maddison Bond.

Contributing writers and editors: David Roth of The Classical and SB Nation, Andrew Ungvari and Andrew Forbes

4. Why Kickstarter?

Once the book is finalized early in the new year and I’ve received a proof copy from the print company, I will be launching a Kickstarter campaign.

The purpose of the campaign is to help recoup the printing and shipping costs involved. The preliminary cost of each book will be $20 based on this premise. 

Without boring you with the actual details, a few things: I’ve received a lot of positive feedback on the project so far, so I am cautiously optimistic as to how many people will be interested in this. But at the minimum, I will commit to printing a set amount of copies and absorb the sunk costs should the demand come in below my expectations. 

Because Kickstarter collects a fee (approximately 8%, I believe) for successfully funded projects, it will take a particular threshold of books sold for me to break even. 

At a certain sales threshold, I may end up seeing a profit. But I’m committed to donating any leftover funds after recouping print and shipping costs to a worthy cause. What that is, I have not decided yet and will research ahead of the campaign.

I suppose the point I want to make is this: I’ve spent countless hours on this project but it’s never been about profiting from folks who enjoy sports and writing as much as I do. Sure, the ulterior motive here is that I do want as many people to discover my writing as possible. But I don’t want to be putting money into my pocket for a project born strictly out of my own personal interest and desire with sports writing. 

5. How can I help with the project or get updates on it?

If you’re interested in the project, simply click here and enter your email address to join the mailing list. To date, I have not sent out a single email, and I promise I will not spam your inbox with daily updates. This is strictly for me to both gauge the initial level of interest on the project to assess the correct print level to commit to and also allow me to send an email to everyone once the Kickstarter campaign is live. 

If you want to make this project happen and ensure that the people who love sports like I do discover this, I encourage you to share the link to this post with anyone you know and across your social networks, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, reblogging to your Tumblr, or even if you want to Instagram DM someone with it. Do it. 

As much as this project is about me, it’s also about demonstrating how collaborative the online medium is. And please do know, I appreciate every one of you that’s helped with spreading the word so far. I’ll need that much more help as the book finally becomes available. 

6. What’s next?

The rest of this month, I will be focused on wrapping up editing the aforementioned eight remaining pieces. It’s very close and I’m working through it on a daily basis. I’m also working with Mark Malazarte on finalizing the layout. 

If all goes well, I am aiming to have the book completed and set to print by the end of January next year at the latest. Pleasant or unpleasant surprises might come up that will shift the date earlier or later, but when it’s ready, the Kickstarter campaign will go live, and we’re off. 

7. Anything else?

I think I’ve written enough. If you’ve ever enjoyed any of my writing on the blog, I hope you will be interested in this project too. I’m very excited and nervous about this, but mostly excited. 

Thank you all for reading this.

Be in touch soon. 

Rondo leads Celtics to 101-95 win over Bulls – Yahoo! Sports

Left in Front – 13 Nov. 2012 – CHICAGO Teague is already playing good enough D to slow Rondo? “Rookie Marquis Teague replaced Robinson in the fourth and helped curb Rondo’s scoring.” Granted if Hinrich or Rose were healthy they’d be playing but it says something Teague closed the game over Nate Rob. Also, noteworthy that a year after playing for a serious coach in John Calipari he’s now playing for another in Mr. Thibodeau. Both years he’s also playing minutes in games that matter (i.e. postseason expectations) those 2 factors make his learning speed increase exponentially (assuming he’s actually willing to listen, we shall see). Positive early signs of him maybe realizing his potential as the top PG coming out of High School in 2011, nothing more IMHO

Source Yahoo! Sports–nba.html

I Support Mr. O’Neal’s Opinion on Dwight

On NBA TV’s “Open CourtShaq was saying Dwight Howard hadn’t earned the respect he was getting (i..e. saying he had a monster season) due to the fact he never averaged over 28 PPG in a season. Dwight’s Highest PPG ever is 22.9 Shaq averaged 22.9 when he was 32 playing with Miami. From 23 to 31 he had 5 seasons above 28 PPG including 1999-2000 when he average 29.7 and he + sidekick Kobe started the Lakers 3 title run. PER tells the same story, Shaq’s highest was 30.6 Dwight: 26.

Glad the Bulls Got Teague

Tonight is a night of celebration for Bulls fans: we landed Marquis Teague with the 29th pick. Teague started at point on NCAA Champion Kentucky Wildcats. I have a soft spot for

We took very little risk, 29th overall picks are inexpensive and rarely pan out … on a guy who has a legitimate shot developing not at all or into a legit NBA starter.

But my analysis here is purely anecdotal on gut, kinda like the old scouts in Moneyball who disagree with Beane based on ideas in their head of what someone young has that’ll lead them into greatness later instead of data … here’s a more analytical analysis courtesy of Hoops Analyst’s draft expert Ed Weiland:

There have been several college PGs who posted 9+ A40 over the years. The majority of them were never drafted. While it isn’t the most important thing for a PG prospect to do, it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Since it would be way too cumbersome to compare every last college PG who finished with an A40 over 9.0, I put up a sampling of all-stars, journeymen and busts for a look at how their numbers compare …

We’ll start with a graph of his 2 and 3 point percentage, which place him about middle of the pack.


Teague is par for the course with th other pass-first point guards on this list, so data doesn’t tell us much save that he has a chance to grow into a dependable guy you can get 20+ minutes a night of good basketball from.

Disclaimer: None of this is to suggest the Bulls are “OK”; they’re not: best player out until january may never be MVP caliber again esp. b/c his game depended a lot on athleticism; remainder of the team couldn’t beat the Philly 76ers who lost to the Celtics who lost to the Heat AND the Heat will be awesome next year plus the next 2 or 3 (probably) so … the bulls are staring mediocrity right in the face; and you don’t play sports professionally to be mediocre … so they’re not OK, BUT tonight is a time to celebrate because they got a steal IMHO at the 29th pick: someone who’ll contribut this year and has a chance to grow into s respected NBA starter, which would be an amazing thing to have backing-up Derrick Rose going forward … championship teams NEED reserves of the highest caliber (Toni Kukoc, Udonis Haslem, Robert Horry, etc …)


Economics and Basketball done right

I’ve been an NBA fan since my childhood following the Bulls dynasty, and started studying Economics at Colgate in 2003. In 2007 I found a way to connect the two, making an independent study on “Determinants of Success in the NBA” my last semester of school. I wrote a short paper, but unfortunately did not finish my research.

Post-graduation I have submitted to two conferences on sports statistics, each of which has turned me down on the fair grounds that its not clear I’ve finished my research. Recently I have been taking notes about my big curiosity, “How to build an NBA dynasty” but have yet to make it into a formal research paper.

These ideas have been on my mind lately, because I am thinking about submitting work for the next Sloan Sports conference in March 2012. The internet gave me a helpful push on how linking basketball and econ can be done well (albeit not academically) via Malcolm Gladwell‘s first piece for Grantland “‘Psychic Benefits’ and the NBA Lockout“. I particularly like how he takes current economic theory and writes in a way that’s accessible to everyone.

In a recent academic paper, the economist Jonathan Lanning has also shown that almost without exception integration in the 1940s and 1950s had an immediate and significant positive impact on a team’s attendance — even in cities where you might not think the fan base would be enthusiastic. Lanning calculates, in fact, that almost no team in baseball had as much to gain financially from bringing in black players as the Red Sox, particularly since they were losing money in the 1940s. Yawkey’s bigotry left millions of dollars on the table.





Gakkō no ato boku wa ban gohan ni ite.
After school I was going to eat dinner.

Boku no gaku sei wa iku onaji no hoko gurai soshite-ra boku-tachi shaberu NBA no no purēofu. Sugoku ureshi. Gaku sei shi teru Take-san NBA no no senshu. Ga uku sei wa kanashii dakara kare wa suki bosutonserutikkusu. Kare kange iru rai nen serutikkusu wa NBA no fainaru deki nai.
My students was going in about the same direction, so we talked about teh NBA playoffs. It was really happy. My student knew man NBA players. My student was sad, becasue he likes the Boston Celtics. He thinks next year the Celtics cannot get to the NBA Finals.