Spencer Lund - Basketball Analysis

How Humanizing NBA Referees Underscores Their Craft And Labor

by Spencer Lund

Aug 14, 2018 9:42 AM

We spoke with veteran NBA referees Marc Davis, John Goble and Monty McCutchen to understand their process and work in a world filled with accusations of bias and conspiracy and the innate need to add a venal motive to a botched call. Read more »

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LeBron James' Path To Podium Greatness

by Spencer Lund

Jun 12, 2018 9:20 PM

You could make the case LeBron James' all-around game has never been better. But his off-court game has reached the same rarefied air. And that might even be more impressive considering where he started off eight years ago. Read more »

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, NBA

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The Intrinsic Limitations Of The Becky Hammon 'Skipped The Line' Discussion

by Spencer Lund

May 11, 2018 6:30 PM

Becky Hammon being asked to interview for a head coaching job can be considered meaningful progress while we also acknowledge the explicit need for more head coaches of color in the NBA. Read more »

Tags: Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs, NBA

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What Your Coach Of The Year Choice Says About You

by Spencer Lund

Assessing an NBA coach is akin to measuring the size of an ethereal vapor that's already been lost to the wind. It's so far removed from the end result, there's more of us in the appraisal than the coach's we're trying to rate. Read more »
When Reality Bests Perceptions In The Modern NBA

by Spencer Lund

Al-Farouq Aminu is a case study for this phenomenon in which his shooting is way better than how defenses challenge him. Read more »
The NBA's Alpha Paradox

by Spencer Lund

It's only when great players learn to let a little of that alpha mentality go that they'll find themselves playing in June. It's not easy, either; Contradictions never are. Read more »
How Andre Drummond's Defense Is Keeping Detroit From Taking The Next Step

by Spencer Lund

Why is one of the greatest physical specimens in the NBA today, someone who seemed to be ascending into superstar status earlier last season, dragging his team's defense down so much this season? Read more »