Sam Hinkie:  The Smartest Man In The NBA

Sam Hinkie: The Smartest Man In The NBA

The reason you don’t have polio right now is because in the 1700’s someone had the radical idea to expose people to a less potent version of the disease (small pox) that was killing everyone at the time.  Lots of intelligent people said you can’t do that, but Edward Jenner and his historical successors went ahead and did it anyway and now you don’t have to worry about anything scarier than Ebola.  In fact, the concept behind vaccinations is so stupid in a profoundly brilliant way that people are still complaining about it today. Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie is not trying to cure Ebola.  It’s not his line of work.  But Hinkie is making lots of intelligent people shout “you can’t do that” at him thanks to a uniquely reckless approach to a longstanding problem.  In a constipated NBA, Hinkie might just be the clearest thinker in the business. The formula for building a championship team is relatively simple and straightforward.  Get one of the five best players in the world, find one of the fifteen or so best players in the world to play next to him, and then fill out the rest of the roster with pieces that fit neatly around the two stars.  The order in which a GM does this isn’t all that important, as the whole thing flows down from that first step anyway. Getting one of the five best players in the world is actually the least challenging part of the equation for a GM.  It more or less comes down to being lucky.  You either land the right pick in...
We Need To Relax And Enjoy Some NBA Player Nicknames

We Need To Relax And Enjoy Some NBA Player Nicknames

The NBA is in its early stages of the season. Many people are in their over reaction phase and I felt like now is a good time to write up a nice article that really has nothing to with X’s & O’s but with the nicknames of the players around the league. I took the nicknames from Basketball-Reference as a guide. They were missing some like Pyscho-T (which they later fixed after my tweet). Let’s have some fun, take a look and discuss the nicknames of the players on each team. Atlanta Hawks Elton Tyron Brand (E.B.) There is only one nickname on the entire Atlanta Hawks team? I am not buying this one bit. Also, the only nickname is E.B. for Elton Brand? That is a lame nickname, no offense Elton. With this said, we need to come up with some nicknames for Paul Millsap, Al Horford and Jeff Teague. I don’t have any suggestions off the top of my head but we will work on this asap. Boston Celtics Brandon Sam Bass (The Animal) Gerald Jermaine Wallace (Crash, G-Force) Marcus Terrell Thornton (Lil’ Buckets) Can’t believe it took our second team to come up with some cool nicknames. Altanta let us down. What’s interesting with the group with nicknames on the Celtics is none of these guys are starters or expected to be on the team in the long run. Anyways, The Animal is such a great nickname for a bench player who never really gets too crazy. I haven’t heard G-force in many years but I still refer to Gerald Wallace as crash. That dude use to fill up the...