Hello World! Because WordPress.com really needed another blog ;-)
My name is Michael ‘wiLQ’ Wilczynski and I’m really passionate about all aspects of the NBA especially big picture point of view, optimal efficiency and all kinds of rare oddities, atypical strategies, unusual events etc… plus fantasy sports which kind of combine all of aforementioned things.
In the beginning let’s get obvious out-of-the-way: I won’t be the smartest guy writing about the NBA, nor the most skilled one, nor the funniest one, nor the most accomplished fantasy GM plus I have zero inside connections and my writing skills in English will lead to many mistakes [I apologize in advance for them].
So why do I do this?
Quite frankly there’s only one reason to write this blog:
I’m pretty sure my curiosity is off the charts and I’d like to channel it somewhere public.
Since 2004 I have been writing on a local Polish usenet group about basketball and even though I still love this format it’s slowly dying so I’d like to try a new form.
Because the biggest problem with curiosity is that you ask a lot of questions and then you attempt to find answers or data which can satisfy it. In some cases you can do it on your own [and then it’s very quickly lost which will change thanks to posting on this blog] but in most cases you can’t… so you are welcome to comment or ask about anything. I believe in a mantra “there are no stupid questions” ;-)
With all that said you can easily figure out what you will find here but let’s make it clear:
– some comments about real events, articles or podcasts,
– some surprisingly solid ideas with bad execution like this one: http://www.82games.com/wilq.htm,
– some questionable analysis with solid objective like this one: http://www.82games.com/wilq3.htm,
– most often you will find something like this http://www.82games.com/wilq2.htm.
I can only hope you will enjoy it the same way as me ;-)
BTW, e-mail address in aforementioned links is no longer active [and it was a painful lesson because spam killed it within months] so if you want to contact me write to this e-mail alias: wilq[at_sign]pro.wp.pl.
Almost 2 years and 150 posts later I have more data so I can be more specific about… “About”.
And because it’s the easiest and the most efficient way I’ll do it F.A.Q.-style even though most of these questions haven’t been actually asked ;-)
Why do you have so many tables? They are almost in every post!
Yes, they are and they will be. Here’s my perspective: internet is full of essays, articles, stories etc about NBA but IMHO huge majority of them is more about the form than the content. They are long and descriptive about something which in essence is very short and easy to explain.
I’d like to do something opposite so focus more on pure content and assume that readers will have their own conclusions about it. Hell, they could be different from mine[!] which I mention rather briefly.
Tables full of data/information represent such pure content for me so that’s why there are so many of them here.
How often will you write?
It depends. After experimenting with the writing schedule in the first 2 years I think I’ve found a happy medium.
It has a three stages related to the NBA:
– during the regular season I’ll blog very occasionally if anything at all. The reason for this is pretty simple – there’s too much going on around the NBA then – I read a lot and I privately discuss and play in multiple fantasy leagues so it takes too much free time already. But please don’t think that silence on the blog means a break on analytic front – I still ask a lot of questions [or write them down for later!], I still collect data and analyze it but the goal for them is “my fantasy teams” not “my blog”.
– during NBA playoffs is my blogging training camp. I’ll post without any regularity to cover time-sensitive topics and ones I simply couldn’t wait any longer so there will be some posts on the blog but mostly it’s the time to just enjoy watching games and pre-prepare data for future posts.
– during the NBA offseason my regular writing season starts. Not only I can spend the most free time researching stuff then but also that’s time of the least activity around NBA blogosphere so it fits nicely into my philosophy [more on that below].
How do you choose topics? Could you write something about […]?
There are three deciding factors for choosing topics:
1) do I have [or is there] data for it [or can I create it] and how quickly can I process it,
2) I can’t easily google similar topic / angle / point / data / information [one of the reasons behind blog’s name!],
3) I can find a link to present events [and most of them have no connection whatsoever].
In my opinion the second factor is what could separate this blog from other blogs. Many sites and authors cover, for example, “which team will win this playoff series” but usually their angle is similar and none of them focus on, for example, jump balls or real-time length of games. I’d like to become that guy who fills some voids so I will try my best to write quality and original posts as often as possible.
It’s worth mentioning that this approach has one huge drawback – freshness has an expiring date. When I write a topic it’s usually not covered at all but it can change quickly with the addition of one other site or tool on the internet. The most painful example was with dunks, I tried to expand statistics on them in early February of 2012… but literally one week later basketball-reference.com introduced Play Index+ which allows us to find those numbers quickly. Ooops. Another good example was with Points Off Turnovers – I presented some original data for them in 2011 but in 2013 sportingcharts.com made another step forward in this topic.
Oh, well… stuff happens.
Additionally I try to mix among all three possible types of topics which are:
- “Always wanted to know”.
It’s a list of half-baked ideas which either I’ve written down through the years to investigate later or I’m pretty sure it has bothered me for years and they seemed to be too time-consuming to do it so it’s time to bake them. Examples include review of Stat Geek Smackdown, long buzzer-beaters and long two point shots.
Those are basically spin-off ideas from posts I’ve already written or old analysis with updated data [BTW, it’s also a reason why there can be 2 posts about the same subject on back-to-back days]. Perfect example for former was with average distance of shots which I wrote only because of previous post about long-distance shots, coaches without playing experience which was a follow-up to previous post about coaches without coaching experience and both posts about effects of draft lottery results on NBA history were a spin-off from post about luck during draft lottery. Example for latter are 2 posts about tanking.
It’s pretty self-explanatory but to be clear those are simply my reactions to current events, articles etc without any previous plan to do it. For example, I checked coaches without coaching experience only because of Jackson’s new head coaching job in Golden State, aggregate PG stats because of one post on other blog plus I wrote something about Lakers’ exit and Clippers’ pick only because the angle on most popular sites bothered me. That also means I can write about pretty much anything as along as…
I’ve noticed that you add posts to the past days, what the hell?
Yes, it’s possible that when you visit blog on one day, there won’t be anything new to read but if you come back next day suddenly new post has appeared on a previous day. Most often it happens with Sunday’s posts and those based on the same dataset and the reason for it is very simple: I prefer regular every-day time-table of posts than two posts on one day and zero on next day even though I sometimes didn’t have time or data to actually write them on a said day or it took me longer than I’ve expected.
Do you use Twitter? Can I contact you there?
UPDATE: I’m giving Twitter a second chance @Exploring_NBA because there’s a possibility I misused it.
Other than that below paragraph is still mostly true.
I feel like I gave Twitter a fair and extended shot but it wasn’t my cup of tea. Don’t get me wrong, I read other’s feeds, it helped me understand it’s popularity and how beautiful is a flow of information during big NBA events like trade-deadline and I’m thankful for every mention of my blog but it’s simply a personal preference: I’d rather write one solid post with 1000 words than 100 solid tweets and I don’t even have time for both. I’d rather spend time researching stuff to find some answers than spit one-liners like machine gun in an attempt to be funny/informative/interesting in 140 characters. With all that said technically I still own an account, but I rarely check it, so if you don’t care about long-ish time of response you can use it ;-) But if you want a quick answer write to this e-mail alias: wilq[at_sign]pro.wp.pl or simply use comments under any topic. I read them all. Speaking of which..
What’s your policy on comments?
Right now, I don’t have one because I don’t need it but I’ve already deleted some comments which looked like a pure spam. Other than that I’m fine with every feedback I can get and by the way you can comment even without filling out “name” and “e-mail address” in the comments’ form.
Could you explain what’s behind your nickname? What is the proper pronunciation for it?
Simple explanation: just read it and interpret it as ‘wolf’ and you will be fine.
Extended in-depth version: In Polish word “wilq” has the same pronunciation as one declension of word “wolf” which is pretty much the base for my surname. When I grew up there were surprisingly many guys named Michael around and my surname was the easiest one to call me differently so it very quickly catch on [even among most adults]. I didn’t discourage it in any way on any level because… well, what’s wrong with being called ‘wolf’? So over the years I’ve got used to it so much that I started to encourage others to refer to me by wiLQ and to this day I react slightly quicker to my nickname than to my real name ;-)
If you want to know, nickname’s pronunciation is the same as one for a non-existent word “veelkoo” but sound for “ee” & “oo” should end around 50% quicker than in English. To be more precise it sounds like this:
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/vee [but finished quicker] +
“L” is the same as with every English word which starts with this letter +
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/koo [but finished quicker]