by ja on 12/10/2011 12:00:00 PM
We're fresh off of the NBA lockout. I'm not sure that the ink is even dry, and we're already reminded of how stupid the owners were to end it the way they did . Don't get me wrong, I'm ready for some basketball, but one of the major issues in the lockout has raised its head again now that the "league" has vetoed a trade in which Chris Paul would go to Lakers and New Orleans would receive a slew of talent in return for a player that appears to have every intention of leaving next year anyway.
The NBA players argued that a hard salary cap limited their mobility. No, it would not have. What it would have done is limited their ability to hold their current team hostage. Chris Paul essentially demanding a trade has created a lot of hype and now a lot of drama. David Stern getting involved just added to it.
If the owners had stuck to their requirement of a hard salary cap this would be a non issue. Now, and in the future. We wouldn't even be sitting here discussing whether the commish was an idiot for vetoing a trade that would have made both team better. In what world does that occur, anyway? I mean everybody came out a winner in this trade and yet somehow the commish vetoes it? If the owners had committed to the hard salarycap Chris Paul would not be able to wiggle his way onto a team that is already paying luxery tax.
I don't blame Chris Paul either. The fact is the lockout is over and whatever he can get now is what he should. Blaming Chris Paul would be like blaming a kid for getting a strike in bowling even with the bumpers were up. If the rules allow for bumpers, then they can be used. We can't say here are the rules, here's the result of everything you fought for during the last 5 months of lockout, but you can't take advantage of the parts that benefit you. Paul is operating within the rules of the lockout as were the owners involved in the trade so there's really only one other group to blame.
From the AP via ABC News
But Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told a radio station the league went through the lockout to prevent this very type of deal in which small-market teams lose their superstars. Hall of Famer Magic Johnson wrote on Twitter on Friday that it was the "wrong decision" by Stern and the owners.
Good for Magic Johnson. And I agree completely. It was the wrong decision for them to get involved now and it stemmed from the fact that they recently had recently made another wrong decision.
Stern should have explained to both Mark Cuban and Dan Gilbert that they had a chance a week ago to not have to deal with this sort of thing. Maybe Cuban voted against the CBA (I think I read somewhere that he did). But this is the deal that was made. If 25 teams thought this trade was a bad idea then 25 teams should have seen this coming... it hasn't been long since the last time it happened has it? Stern should explain to the owners that they chose to cave (collectively), so now they should have to live with the result... even the parts they don't like.
Hopefully Stern will reconsider his decision... for basketball reasons.
by ja on 12/8/2011 12:00:00 PM
With a shortened season the values of existing stratagies in fantasy game play are altered.
One such strategy that should be altered (or atleast the amount of weight you put into it) is that of trying to maximize players that play on the "premium days". Here's why:
One of the main things that we see in this years shortened season is the fact that the day of week matrix looks different. There is still a disparity in the number of games played on Thursday, Monday, and Sunday, but that difference has been compressed. So, before when there were only two or three games on Thursday night there are now closer to 5 games per Thursday evening. That means another 50 players will play every Thursday... and that means you won't get quite as much of a benefit by including "Thursday night players" in your selection criteria. It matters, just not as much before.
by ja on 12/8/2011 12:00:00 PM
Every year after we get the schedule loaded we release four schedule matrices. This year we got to do it twice! Below is a description of what they are for the uninitiated. Links are also provided. Also, there is a link to them on our fantasy tools page so you can always get to them without having to dig this article back up!
The Weekly NBA Games Matrix shows for any given "fantasy game" (date range) how many times each nba team plays during that date range. You will find this information especially useful when your fantasy playoff time rolls around. Load up on players that play more often in the playoff weeks to increase your chances of winning any close games!
The Short Games Matrix is specific to the SignAndTrade.com short game schedule. It does the same thing as the weekly schedule matrix.
Days of Week Matrix shows how many games are played on each day of the week for each NBA team. It's not hard to get players that play on Friday night. But if you get several that play a lot on Thursday you'll see that you squeeze a extra fantasy points out of your team just because of when they play.
Finally, the Simultaneous Games Matrix shows how many times during the season a team plays on the same day as another team. If you have two many guys on your fantasy squad that play on the same nights, you'll have too few players one night and then too many to play the next.
If you have other ways you'd be interested in seeing this data let us know using our feedback page! We're always looking for new tools to make fantasy basketball managers lives easier!