Author: John Krolik

Bill Russell Red

Today in cool nerdy basketball news: Basketball-Reference has every box score ever thanks to a 77-year old box score hoarder


Grantland’s Robert Mays has a cool story up today on how one man with an obsessive love of NBA box scores allowed the invaluable basketball database to put every box score in NBA history on its website:

Last week, Justin Kubatko made an announcement that, on the first reading, didn’t make much sense. Kubatko, of, wrote that the site now had the box scores for every game in NBA history — from Wilt’s 100-point game, to when Havlicek stole the ball, to everything in between. Visitors to the site could search for every game from 1946-47 to the present day through its database.

The question that beckoned was: “How?”

“A few years ago, someone had pointed us in the direction of this guy named Dick Pfander, who lives in Michigan,” Kubatko said. “They said, ‘You’ve got to get in touch with him. He’s undertaking a personal project going through old microfilm and making scans of every box score in NBA history.’ Of course, we were intrigued by that.”

Dick Pfander is a 77-year-old Department of Defense retiree who splits his time between Michigan and a doublewide near Winter Haven, Florida. He started collecting box scores while in grammar school in the late 1940s, he says.

For the rest of the story on Pfander’s fascinating life-long obsession with recording NBA box scores, click through and read the full story — I’ll be on basketball-reference and seeing if Russell really did force Wilt to struggle every time their teams went head-to head.

Kendrick Perkins thinks that Westbrook and Rose are similar, Westbrook doesn’t get a fair shake

Russell Westbrook, Juan Barea

From Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears:

Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins doesn’t want to hear anything aboutRussell Westbrook’s shot count or his drop in assists or his occasional arguments with Kevin Durant. The only thing Perkins sees in Westbrook is an All-Star point guard who has helped lead the Thunder to the NBA’s best record.

“He always gets this label of being selfish,” Perkins said. “He’s not that at all. The one thing about Russ is he’s a scoring point guard, and that’s what we need him to be. That’s why this team has been successful because he does what he does.

“The thing that bothers me … is Derrick Rose is not a true point guard, he is a scoring point guard, but nobody gets on Derrick Rose like they get on Russ.”

Perkins makes some interesting points (no pun intended), but two major things work against Westbrook in this argument: First of all, Rose is the more efficient scorer of the two point guards: The reigning MVP’s True Shooting percentage is 55.8% to Westbrook’s 52.4%, and Westbrook turns the ball over more frequently than Rose does. Secondly, Derrick Rose doesn’t have anyone nearly as talented as Kevin Durant, who is one of the most prolific and most efficient scorers in the game, to pass the ball to.

Still, Perkins’ larger argument is probably more right than wrong: Westbrook and Rose are asked to play similar roles for their teams, are both considered franchise players by their teams, and their teams have the best records in their respective conferences. Both players should probably be above nit-picking when the things they’re doing are clearly working for their teams right now.

Video: DeSagana Diop makes everyone who watches this video worse at free throws

DeSagana Diop

I’d say this is the worst free throw attempt you’ll see today. but it’s maybe the worst one you’ll ever see.

Ladies and gentlemen, DeSagana Diop.