Links To The Present: March 8, 2010

March 8th, 2010 by Tom Pestak

[Brian Windhorst wrote an excellent piece on the vastly underrated Dan Gilbert] “But much of what Gilbert promised has indeed come true, and certainly the most important promises have. And five years in, Gilbert’s reputation is for backing up promises and putting his money where is mouth is has become rock solid.”

We’re all a little worried about Mo Williams.  Rick at WFNY discusses what we really need from Mo this post-season.

[Mary Schmitt Boyer on Mo] “Williams apologized to Cavs fans on his Twitter account on Saturday night, using an expletive to describe his performance. But by Sunday, he sounded as if he was on the road to recovery.”

[Brian Windhorst on Tonight’s Game] “If he fights me hard enough, maybe I’ll let him play,” Brown said. “But I think this is an opportune time for him to get some rest with the amount of days we have in between games.

On Saturday the Cavs lost to the Bucks but there was a moral victory for LeBron and Cavs fans being won at the same time.  And no I’m not referring to the argument that LeBron is more valuable because the Cavs cannot win without him, I’m talking about the MIT Sloan Analytics Conference.  Neil Paine at basketball-reference.com has the best collection of news from the conference.  One of the most profound topics was a paper called “The Price of Anarchy”.  In it, Brian Skinner argues that it’s counter-productive to have 1 player taking the majority of the big shots.  John Hollinger summed it up: “The solution? Distributing the shots (or the traffic) to take advantage of all the possible avenues to Point B (or the basket) — even if it involves erecting barriers to the path of least resistance (a shot by Kobe). By this theory, creating a few more shots for Farmar and a few less for Bryant seems suboptimal at first, but it will have such a positive impact on the remaining attempts by Bryant that the Lakers come out ahead on the bargain.” Remember the debate over LeBron’s decision to pass to Donyell Marshall in game 1?  I think if the Cavs had a snuggie for every time someone said something about LeBron not having that “killer instinct” because he doesn’t always take the last shot they could fill The ShoeBW wrote about this years ago. Just another piece of evidence that LeBron plays the game the right way by keeping his teammates involved and trusting them to take the last shot of big games.