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J. R. Wilco
Whoa, fellas. How did this turn anti-OKC so quickly? We were doing fine and then the Thunder grabbed some guy named Mitch. How did it all go wrong?
Good point. Here's some pro-Spurs talk instead.
If San Antonio gets Cleanthony Early, we could be getting another unsuspecting Finals MVP. That guy's talent was only superseded by his basketball IQ. I watched an ungodly amount of Wichita St. basketball this past season because of that guy alone and was incredibly impressed by his ability to make plays when his team needed it while still finding ways to make his teammates better. I WANT him. There's no end to what Pop can do with him.
Totally agree about CLA. Only player I saw as a better Spurs fit in this draft was Aaron Gordon, the best player in this draft.
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What do you think fascinates the general population about lawyers? Is it the pursuit of justice? Wealth? Something else?
It's part of our DNA. We have an insatiable appetite for stories about the law and lawyers, and it stems from our strong belief that we have so many rights, real or imagined, and if anyone or anything violates our rights, then we want justice. We believe our judicial system to be fair and efficient, so we have no hesitation about using it. Lawyers become advocates, fighters, rescuers, saviors, gladiators, etc.
Do you share that same confidence in the legal system?
My confidence is fading. I work with...
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I think another interesting area is what the teams are now doing as they get deeper into stats and analytics. Teams are often very reluctant to spend money, but they're investing heavily on new Analytics Departments because they see the competitive advantage it can bring.
As for whether players are aware of them - players are certainly aware of their PFF grades judging by my inbox each week. I get players emailing looking for an extra stat here, or a stat taken away there. Guys are getting their grades put to them in locker rooms and asked to justify it or react to the praise etc. They definitely care, more than most people give them credit for I think.
But Eric I'm sure has a better insight on that than I do.
Wait.... Are those my for real stats this year????
Yes, those are from PFF. By their grades you've gone from a perennial top five or so right tackle for several years to the #72nd-ranked OT in 2013.
I'd be lying if I said I didn't post those numbers to make a point.
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Kai, how did you come to choose Ames's story as the vehicle to tell the behind-the-scenes tale of US policy in the Middle East?
My last book was a memoir about my childhood growing up in the Middle East. I mentioned in Crossing Mandelbaum Gate that our neighbor in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia was Robert Ames, a young CIA clandestine officer. I did not know at the time that he was a CIA officer--but I had vivid memories of this 6 foot, 3 inch handsome young man who liked to play basketball with the US Marines guarding the Consulate compound.
One day I happened to Google Ames's name and discovered that there had been a civil suit trial in a Washington DC Federal District court. Ames's widow, Yvonne Ames, together with other relatives of the victims of the 1983 truck bomb attack on the US embassy, had sued the Islamic Republic of Iran, blaming the Iranians for the attack. I read the court testimony--which was very graphic and emotional--and realized that there was a book in this story.
Initially, I wasn't sure if I could do a full biography of Ames. His life was classified, his career was classified--and who would talk to me?
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