Thinking Basketball

Thinking Basketball the book is available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. It’s been described as a “guide to being a responsible fan,” although if I were asked for a subtitle today it would be something like “Thinking Basketball: Why our minds need help making sense of complexity.”

Thinking Basketball Cover

Key themes of the book:

  • It’s a team game — helping 4 instead of 1 (Scoring Blindness)
  • Why some players help bad teams but not good teams (Portability)
  • How easy it is for the best team ever to lose (Sample-Size Insensitivity)
  • The final score changes our memories (Winning Bias)
  • The importance of clutch, closers and Hero Ball (Late-Game Bias)
  • The predictable shortcuts our minds take that shape our reactions to players, teams, free agency and trades