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Coach Nick sits down for an insightful interview with Lakers assistant coach Bill Bertka. Topics...

Coach Nick sits down for an insightful interview with Lakers assistant coach Bill Bertka. Topics range across the history of basketball.

Coach Nick breaks down the 1962 NBA All Star Game - with the likes of Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlin,...

Coach Nick breaks down the 1962 NBA All Star Game - with the likes of Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlin, Elgin Baylor, coached by Fred Schaus. These are the true pioneers of the modern game.

A Little Learning (Game Theory, Part Deux)

In these dark days, a little leavening: As promised, the second part of my discussion of game theory; this time, the focus is on basketball, and the impact of game theory considerations on individual player statistics (whether traditional or "advanced"). There will be an exam on this at the end of the term.

Coach Nick breaks down an entertaining game between the Celtics and the Lakers. Team ball ruled the...

Coach Nick breaks down an entertaining game between the Celtics and the Lakers. Team ball ruled the first half, so naturally the Celtics built a big lead. When both team resorted to their inner Kobe and Pierce, the Lakers took control.

Relive one of the most memorable games in NBA history - see your idols Jerry West and Wilt...

Relive one of the most memorable games in NBA history - see your idols Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain battle against Clyde Frazier and Willis Reed - with a coach's insight into how the played back then.

Coach Nick compares the beauty of the Triangle Offense to the mess the Clippers try to run when...

Coach Nick compares the beauty of the Triangle Offense to the mess the Clippers try to run when they have the ball. It should be clear why the Lakers are at the top and the Clippers are muddling away in mediocrity.

Grasping at Genius

Once again, I toot my own horn: I write about the nature of genius, and whether or not it can be applied to athletes as well as scholars or artists. As I'm a basketball fan, unsurprisingly, I conclude that it can. (As an aside, although I don't come out and say it in this blogpost, I think that Magic is a basketball genius.) Pretty soon, I hope to finish writing a post for SSR about superstars and statistics, and how the two aren't as related as many think. You know you want to read it. :)

The Lakers lack the cohesion of a team that the Celtics have - from running their offense, to...

The Lakers lack the cohesion of a team that the Celtics have - from running their offense, to getting amazing defensive plays, the Celtics have continually hurt the Lakers with the intagibles: heart and desire (Eye of the Tiger). Winning 2 in a row generally spells doom for the other team, but can the Celtics put it together to get a win at Staples?

Breaking the finals record for 3's in a game, Ray Allen had the eye of the tiger as he took on all...

Breaking the finals record for 3's in a game, Ray Allen had the eye of the tiger as he took on all comers. No one could slow him down as he shot 8-11 from 3 point range on his way to a 32 point night. For even more basketball: BBALLBREAKDOWN.COM

Here is the first part of our breakdown of Game 2. Some good adjustments, better play all around...

Here is the first part of our breakdown of Game 2. Some good adjustments, better play all around and Rondo has made his mark early. For even more: http://bballbreakdown.com

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