Corporate life can be fulfilling yet frustrating; inspiring yet puzzling; refreshing yet exhausting. Much of the time, the ups and downs are not actually caused by the content of the work, but by the people that we work with. Sometimes, we feel like we are going up against a bunch of people who seemingly take it upon themselves to make our jobs more difficult. At other times, we may be confident that we have achieved rock star status at work, but are inexplicably the first ones on the chopping block when things turn south.

One thing is for sure: toxic…

Shorter season + round-robin play-in could be the answer

It has been widely reported that viewership ratings of the NBA regular season have been in secular decline. The reasons are seemingly plentiful, including increased politicization, the sheer length of the season (i.e. 82 games), the growth of other on-demand entertainment options, tanking for a brighter future, and increased player absences. On the last point, despite the league’s claim that injuries have been level in recent years, data show a more disturbing trend.

If the regular season had been highly attractive for die-hard homers and fantasy league participants alike, the trend…

This article is Part 2 of ‘Defining NBA Superteam’ that explores the concerns of superteam proliferation and some remedies for this phenomenon.

Are superteams a concern for the league?

As highlighted in Part 1, star empowerment being the driving force of superteam formation is a fairly recent trend. And if you buy the notion that superteams of the last decade are becoming a vastly different animal than those in the early years of unrestricted free agency, the question is whether this trend away from competitive balance (not to be confused with parity) is concerning.

The answer is actually quite murky. While the league has publicly acknowledged in…

In the era of NBA player empowerment, more superstars are banding together in the quest for championships. Whether dynastic dominance or competitive balance (not to be confused with parity) is better for the league and whether superteams have existed to this extent throughout NBA history are points of endless debate among fans.

A couple of factors may explain this. First, fans on either side of this debate usually disagree on the definition of a superteam. …

By now, the ongoing 3-point revolution in the NBA is no longer news. In fact, it is a necessary mainstay of the game. Every team has embraced this purposeful arbitrage of earning 50% more points by shooting from 23 feet as opposed to 22 feet and in.

There are endless ways to illustrate this runaway train of a trend. So far in the 2020–21 season, the top 100 highest-volume (HV) shooters as measured by attempts per game are jacking up an average of 6.3 threes per game. Back in 2001, it was 3.5 per game. By comparison, legendary Hall-of-Fame marksmen…

Disclaimer: First and foremost, wishing everybody good health both mentally and physically during these tough times. Because without that, none of these following (mostly) lighthearted quotes would’ve been possible.

“In this world, I believe you can strive to have it all in life, just not all at the same time. And that’s especially true in a pandemic.”

“Congrats world! You’ve somehow found a way to transfer free time from the caregivers and the elderly to the young and carefree.”

“Congrats world! You’ve managed to transfer body weight from caregivers to single folks. I’ve averaged 2 miles worth of steps running…

Sports & Politics

“It’s just been announced that a second, brand-new coal mine, where they’re going to take out clean coal — meaning, they’re taking out coal. They’re going to clean it — is opening in the state of Pennsylvania, the second one.”

“Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’ Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend — and maybe someday that will happen!” — POTUS

“The greatest danger we face today is the short-tempered, super-sensitive, impulsive dictator who’s got his finger on…

Such nice looking classmates! Were they from your school?

Sadly, it’s not possible for both LeBron and Durant to lose.

What games do these final scores represent? 136–100, 130–86, 135–102, 129–115

a) 2017 Harlem Globetrotters vs. World Allstars
b) The 1992 Dream Team in the Olympics
c) WNBA vs. NBA all-star exhibition
d) The 2017 NBA conference finals

If your answer is anything other than ‘d’, you might not be aware of a record-setting disparity problem in the NBA. The past 2 playoffs have been the most lopsided on record since the current format was instituted, a span of 30+ years.

Full disclaimer: As a Boston fan for 20+ years, in the current duopolistic state of the NBA, I…

That United flight some 25+ years ago was hands down the happiest flight of my life. For context, my whole family have been loyal frequent fliers of United’s Mileage Plus program for over 3 decades. In addition to my dad’s many Asia-US business flights during the ’90s and ‘00s, my brother and I flew across the globe an average of 3-4 times annually during our school days.

But back to my favorite flight, it wasn’t even on time. In fact, there was a mechanical issue with the original plane, so we were compensated with a hotel as we waited for…

Yan Chow

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