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Michael Lewis Does Hoops

This article ran over the weekend in the New York Times, so you might have seen it. But if not, it's a good read worth your time. Michael Lewis finds his usual unconventional-problem-solving theme in Shane Battier and the Houston Rockets. If you keep up with statistical analysis in basketball (if you read The Professor's blogs, for example) then none of it is that eye-opening, but it's still interesting, and there are a few surprising nuggets (the "single most efficient shot in the NBA," for example) and great anecdotes of Battier's college recruiting process. Another thing that comes across is that it's amazing that all teams don't break things down to the degree the Rockets do. Why would you not look for your opponent's Achilles' heel? Why would you not think about how to improve your odds of winning?