Below if a listing of other Doc’s Sports article archives, broken down into specific categories.
NBA 2005 - A Look In The Rear View Mirror by Jason Shimberg - 06/27/2005
When you make the investment in the NBA League Pass, it means you are committed or perhaps should be. This NBA season is summed up in two words "quality" and "change." I cannot recall another season where player moves, player suspensions and player injuries so dramatically allowed teams to move from the bottom to the top, and visa versa. It was a year of controversy, where one game early in the season, played in the Detroit Palace, got very scary and created a tremendous power swing in the Eastern Conference. These are my notes and reflections of a season gone by.
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High School Players Drafted In The NBA Draft - Yea Or Nay? by Robert Ferringo - 06/16/2005
We're all slaves to the availability heuristic, a cognitive shortcut that our minds take which sometimes results in distorted perceptions. It's not our fault, it's just the way the mind works. The availability heuristic is when we make judgments based on what we remember or what stands out in our mind, rather than using the complete data. Let me give you an example: Lebron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett are three of the best players in the National Basketball Association, and they were all drafted out of high school. Therefore great players don't need to go to college to be successful.
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2005 NBA Draft Prospects by Robert Ferringo - 06/14/2005
We all know that feeling of anxious anticipation, that type of nervous yearning that you experience before that first job interview or while waiting for the results of that paternity test. It's the feeling that is inherent in any moment that comes along where you know the result could alter the course of your future forever. Now try to place yourself in the position of an NBA executive or scout, where your entire being, past, present and future, is staked on a $10 million gamble.
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NBA Finals Trophy: Can You Name It? by Jason Shimberg - 06/09/2005
NBA commercials this year include Dwyane Wade sculpting a trophy out of sand on Miami's South Beach, then commenting, "Now that is a work of art." Dirk Nowitzki leaving endless messages on the trophy's answering machine. We see Tim Duncan getting therapy from Dr. J about the trophy. So can you name that elusive NBA Finals Trophy? The Trophy is made by Tiffany & Co., features a regulation size basketball sitting in a cup etched to resemble the basketball net. It is made of sterling silver with a 24K gold overlay, stands two-feet tall and weighs 141/2 pounds.
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2005 NBA Finals Preview by Robert Ferringo - 06/08/2005
If a team becomes an NBA dynasty, and no one is there to hear it, will their sneakers really squeak in the halls of basketball history? This is the riddle that faces the Detroit Pistons and San Antonio Spurs as they tip off the 2005 NBA Finals at 9 p.m. EST on Thursday at SBC Arena in San Antonio. This is the first time in 18 years that the Finals will feature the league's previous two champions. Detroit (+245) won last year, and San Antonio (-280) held the crown in 2003.
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Fate's Revenge on the NBA's Wicked - 2005 NBA Draft Lottery by Robert Ferringo - 05/26/2005
Why is it that the National Basketball Association is the only one of the four major sports leagues that has a lottery to determine draft order? Everyone else gives the top pick to the worst team, so why is it different in the NBA?
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NBA Fights = Good Publicity by Jeff Siti - 05/13/2005
Sex and violence sells movies, everyone knows that. So why should professional sports be any different, it's all entertainment, right? NBA sidelines have been adorned with half-naked women for years and that's enriched the live game experience ten fold. Seriously, is there any other reason to go to an Atlanta Hawks game? But the girls can't do it alone. We need sex and violence.
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NBA Salaries Out Of Control by Jeff Siti - 04/29/2005
What is an NBA championship worth? How about a playoff spot? A winning record? The truth of the matter is that there are no clear-cut answers. Spending money in the NBA isn't all that dissimilar from rolling dice in Las Vegas - you shell out the cash, give them a toss, close your eyes and hope everything works out. Usually, when you open your eyes the chips are gone and all you have is an expired free buffet coupon.
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Doc's 2005 NBA Playoffs Predictions by Jeremy Martin
The NBA playoffs are upon us and this is the point at which the long professional hoops season gets exciting. Eight teams from each conference made the postseason and there are definitely some interesting matchups on the board. Doc's will examine two playoff matchups - one from the West and one from the East - and give our predictions on who will come out ahead.
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NBA Playoffs: Three Teams, Two Spots In West by Jeremy Martin
With three weeks left in the NBA regular season, the race for the seventh and eighth seeds in the West is heating up. There are three teams fighting for the honor of making the NBA playoffs -- and likely getting bounced from the first round by Phoenix or San Antonio.
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NBA Second Half Betting by Jeremy Martin
The NBA has always been known in sports betting circles as one of the hardest sports to consistently win money at. Sometimes certain teams choose to take the night off.
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Gillespie: NBA All-Star Game Betting A "Coin Flip"
Bookies are the moderators. Public 'square' bettors and the professionals are the competitors. This is the formula for regular season NBA betting. For NBA All-Star Game betting, however, the professionals are largely taken out of the equation.
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New Jersey Nets betting
Not even Mardi Gras gumbo has such a wide mix of flavors. Your main ingredient is Jason Kidd - one of the best guards to ever play the game. Click here to read more.
Phoenix Suns Betting
The Phoenix Suns have been one of the biggest public betting teams this season. This squad came out of nowhere to exhilarate fans and bettors with their high scoring offense and their big blowout victories. Click here to read more.
NBA Key Numbers
There are certain key numbers in professional sports that can cause trouble for bookmakers. Key numbers are most prevalent in the NFL, where a high percentage of games land on the numbers three and seven. Click here to read more.
The hype has reached epic proportions. This is the game that NBA fans have been waiting all year for. When the Miami Heat meet the Lakers in Los Angeles on Saturday, it will without a doubt be the biggest betting event of the entire NBA season. Click here to read more.
Lakers No Longer A Public Team?
In the last several decades, there has been no bigger public betting team in the NBA than the Los Angeles Lakers. Click here to read more.
If adversity builds success, then the Indiana Pacers just might make an NBA Finals run after all. Click here to read more.
Home Court Advantage for NBA Betting
Sports bettors have always bought into the myth that there are a "set" number of points assigned to the home team when the point spread is devised. Click here to read more.
Value Can Be Found In NBA Totals
The NBA has long been known as one of the hardest sports for bettors to win money at. Since rosters are small and there are a manageable number of teams in the league, bookmakers have been releasing increasingly solid numbers year after year. It's no secret that pro hoops is consistently one of the top money makers for the sportsbooks. Click here to read more.
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