Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Predicting the NBA on a curve

My favorite ESPN columist is Bill Simmons. In his 2008-2009 NBA season preview titled Predicting the NBA on a curve, he notes:
Random awful summer decision that didn't get nearly enough play: The Kings committing $60 million over the next five years to Beno Udrih and Francisco Garcia. Didn't Luke Walton's horrific contract teach everyone not to overpay mediocre players? Did Geoff Petrie really think he would be standing on the championship podium some day telling Stu Scott, 'I knew we were headed for a title the day I decided to pay Udrih, Garcia and Mikki Moore three times what they were worth?'
On a more positive note, Simmons does forecast that the Kings will have 37 wins and 45 losses for the season. This is much more optimistic than John Hollinger's preview which forecasts that the Kings will win only 24 games.

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