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Actuarially Sound

  • joined Feb 21, 2011
  • last login Jul 10, 2014
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I am an actuary living in Lansing, MI. I was born and raised in southern California and grew up a Lakers fan. I went to college at the University of California - San Diego where I obtained bachelors degrees in math and economics. My favorite Lakers memory was when I got to go down and shoot before a game on the The Forum floor and see the players up close.

A Fan Of...

  • NBA Los Angeles Lakers
  • NFL San Diego Chargers
  • NCAAF USC Trojans
  • NCAAB Michigan St. Spartans
  • NASCAR Jimmie Johnson
User Blog

NBA schedule offers up March Madness-style finish

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The West's playoff chase is down to three teams for two spots, and as luck would have it, the NBA schedule pits them all against each other.

10 Thoughts from my night at the Palace

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I was able to attend the Lakers-Pistons game live in the Palace of Auburn Hills. Here are my 10 thoughts from an exciting evening.

Is D'Antoni winning with defense?

27

D'Antoni has long been criticized for not focusing on defense, but this Lakers team is .500 because of it. The defense has been far better than people give it credit for.

We Measure Team Defense Wrong

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We measure team defense incorrectly. This often assigns the blame for a poor defense at the feet of the wrong culprit. A better defensive metric could change the way we view the Lakers defense last year.

The remedy to the tax disparities of the CBA

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We recently laid out the collective bargaining agreement's lack of consideration for tax disparities. Today we return with a simple, yet effective solution to truly level the playing field as intended.

LA can offer more money than houston? It's a myth.

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The Lakers biggest perceived advantage in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes is their ability to offer more money. This, however, is nothing more than a myth.

Win or Lose - D'Antoni Should Stay

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Whether the Lakers win or lose tonight, Mike D'Antoni has earned the right to return for another season.

Lakers playoff hopes rest on Howard's shoulders

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The Lakers are entering the final stretch of games clinging to the 8th seed. The Lakers will need Howard to play like the former Defensive Player of the Year is capable of if they are to maintain their ownership of the last spot in the post-season.

Earl Clark looks to be the odd man out

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Gasol's return means someone's minutes will be cut. It looks like Earl Clark will be the victim. With one subtle change in his game, he could warrant a return back into the rotation.

Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant - Switching Roles

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Legendary point guard playing off the ball? All time great shooting guard playing the point? As crazy as that might sound, it has worked for the Lakers. The Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant role reversal has the Lakers winning.

Playoffs? Lakers Face Longer Odds Than You Think

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Kobe guaranteed the Lakers will make the playoffs, but the odds are much harder than most realize. What will the Lakers need to do down the stretch to make his guarantee come to fruition? We take a look at the current playoff chase in the West.

Running Diary from The Palace at Auburn Hills

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I was lucky enough to watch the Lakers-Pistons game from inside the Palace at Auburn Hills. Read my thoughts as the close contest unfolded.

Mike D'Antoni: To play or not to play Pau Gasol

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What should Mike D'Antoni do with Pau Gasol? Are the Lakers better off without the big man? We take a deep look into these crucial questions.

The Lakers still have reason to hope

177

Don't call the Lakers season over just yet, they still have plenty of reasons to fight.

Twin Tower Troubles?

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How well are Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard playing together?

Lakers win final game before D'Antoni takes over

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Lakers win final game under interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff. Make room for Mike D'Antoni.

Did Mike Brown's rotations lead to his departure?

Did Mike Brown ruin the opportunity of a lifetime? We look at how his rotation decisions cost him the critical time he needed to prove his system worked.

After Lakers loss, Brown gives fans the blues

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The Lakers lost to Utah last night in a lackadaisical effort compounded by questionable coaching decisions. Lakers brass says they have Mike Brown's back, but for how long?

Here's how the Lakers could get Delonte West

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How could the Lakers land West without breaking the bank? By pulling off a trade to bring back an old friend. We look at the parties involved and the financial implications of such a deal.

Player by player, what to expect from the Lakers

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We wrap up our Lakers preview by taking all the information presented over the last two weeks, put it into our magical predicting machine, and spit out the projected stat lines for each player.

Could the Lakers have the greatest offense ever

33

Could the Lakers have the best offense in history? A comparison between this Lakers roster and best offenses of the past shows it may be possible. The Lakers acquired the most important ingredient.

Lakers Trade Rumors: Playing Connect-the-Dots

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One of the best things about the days before the NBA draft is how quickly rumors begin to swirl. The Lakers have been in rumors with Houston and Atlanta for Pau Gasol. Houston appears to have...

The Road Not Taken

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Mitch Kupchak faces an unenviable position this summer. The Lakers have been dispatched from the playoffs rather easily in each of the last two seasons. They have an aging core, are significantly...

Three Lakers Trade Scenarios

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Yesterday, TheGreatMambino provided a list of potential trade targets for the Lakers. Now we present three trade scenarios that could net the Lakers a few of the players that TGM discussed. Before...

Which Lakers Earned Their Paycheck? - Part 2

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Yesterday we began a two-part series examining the salary of each Lakers player this season and compared it with what their salary should have been given their on-court performance, as measured by...

Which Lakers Earned Their Paycheck?

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With the season coming to an end, albeit a little too early, the Lakers now enter the off-season. This week most of the exit interviews were completed. The players can cash their paychecks and...

Lakers and a Call for Effort

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The Lakers find themselves down 0-1 in the second round against a very good Oklahoma City squad. The strengths and weaknesses of both teams have been analyzed to death. The Game 1 thrashing has...

Game 7 Casts Spotlight on Lakers Big Men

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The Lakers face a big game 7 tonight. What would a loss mean for the Lakers twin towers? We take a look.

Is George Karl Shooting Denver In The Foot?

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George Karl is one of the all-time great head coaches in the NBA, but he hasn't done the best job of maximizing his team's talents in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

Lakers-Nuggets: Five Things to Watch as the Series Shifts to Denver

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Silver Screen and Roll looks at five factors worth keeping an eye on as the Los Angeles Lakers 1st Round Playoff Series shifts to Denver.

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