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"Theory Gets a Reality Check: Philosophy, Economics, and Politics as if Verisimilitude Mattered"
by Jeffery Friedman
http://www.the-dissident.com/theory.shtml

"The answer offered by a realistic form of economics may seem initially to be Yes. Realistically, capitalism displays neither equality nor fairness — because real-world conditions are neither equal nor fair. Some people in the real world are born unfairly handicapped, or impoverished, or to unloving or incompetent parents. As a result, they may have little or nothing to sell that others are willing to buy. Others are luckier at first: they do well in the genetic lottery. But later on they endure bad fortune because, in retrospect, they made mistakes.

"Conversely, some people are lucky enough to be born with talents that are so highly valued by others that those others — consumers — are willing to pay huge sums for the fruits of their labor. Nozick invoked against Rawls the example of Wilt Chamberlain, the Michael Jordan of the 1960s. “Wilt the Stilt” was such a phenomenal basketball player that people were willing to pay him millions of dollars (in the aggregate) to watch him play. Nozick argued that Chamberlain should be allowed to profit from his height, his grace, and his superior court-vision. But these gifts were the result of his genetic good fortune. Even the legendary discipline of a Michael Jordan is, arguably, the product of his luck in having parents who instilled in him an unparalleled competitive drive and an astonishing work ethic. Moreover, it is happenstance that in the era in which Chamberlain and Jordan were born, the ability to sink a basket is valued by so many people. In the Middle Ages, that ability would have been useless, and those born with it might have ended up paupers.

"Nor are real markets guarantors of truth, or beauty, or happiness. In pursuit of all such aims, people will very likely err. Almost as rarely do people realize beforehand what will make them happy as they can predict with whom they will fall in love. For the same reason — our pervasive ignorance — we don’t know beauty or truth until we see it, and even then we may be mistaken. How could it be otherwise? We can know happiness only after we find it. We can appreciate as beautiful only what we have experienced. We can accept as true only propositions that our reason, working with the evidence of which we are aware, has convinced us are accurate. We cannot experience alternative lives, we cannot assess what we have not yet seen, and we cannot weigh evidence of which we are unaware. Given the limits of our minds and of our time and our contact with the world, our conceptions of truth, beauty, and happiness may well be wrong (although we have no choice but to think that what we currently find beautiful or true or fulfilling really is beautiful or true or fulfilling).

"The limitations of real-world human beings are reflected in the limitations of real-world markets?"

"Consider what is left once we’ve subtracted the mythology that makes the standard model of economics so mathematically elegant, so susceptible to chalkboard diagrams, and so vulnerable to legitimate student complaint. We are left only with what Albert O. Hirschmann famously labeled “exit.”

"Exit is the ability of consumers — and producers — to leave (and conversely to enter into) any “deal” with each other that they find attractive, for any reason — or for no reason at all.

"Consumer Exit is a consumer’s ability to purchase any goods or services that are for sale — at least those goods or services he knows about and can afford to buy. (That, of course, is the sticking point, and we’ll address it as soon as possible.) Purchases may be made for bad reasons — they may be mistakes. But consumer Exit also includes the ability to decline to repeat a given purchase; and that ability, we shall find, is essential.

"Producer Exit occurs when consumers want to buy something that no producer thinks she can afford to sell them — even if she is mistaken in that belief. Consumer “demand,” because it is not discrete and knowable, may go undetected by potential suppliers; or a potential supplier may guess accurately at consumer demand, but, even if motivated by the potential for profit, be unable to infer a way to meet the demand with the means at her disposal. She may then Exit from producing that potential product — whether knowingly or out of ignorance.

"If consumers themselves don’t know that they’d like to buy a potential product because it does not yet exist, or because it exists but has not been brought to their limited attention; or if consumers are aware of a product and want it, but lack the means to buy it at the price offered; then producers, failing to make money, may Exit from those potential “deals” by offering other goods, at prices they are able to charge and that (they guess) consumers may be willing, and able, to pay.

"According to this Exit model of markets, entrepreneurs may overlook opportunities to make a profit, because of their ignorance of consumer desires. Alternatively, entrepreneurs may produce things that it turns out too few consumers want at that price; and if enough consumers exit from the opportunity to buy the product, the seller of the product will go out of business. Sometimes, however, an entrepreneur will be fortunate enough to hit on a product that is a success with consumers. From that fortuitous intersection of an imperfectly known supply with an imperfectly known demand, the producer may make a profit — a profit that she may not even have been pursuing."
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1949-Philadelphia Eagles beat LA Rams 14-0, win NFL Championship. 1961-Wilt Chamberlain scores 78 points vs. Lakers
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Can Kobe pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar?

Bryant trails Malone by 4,618 points, therefore would need 182 regular-season games to pass Malone at his current scoring average of 25.4 points. The Lakers have 58 games left this season, so about halfway into the 2016-17 season figures to be a reasonable estimate for when Bryant could pass Malone. 

Although Bryant figures to breeze by Malone, catching Abdul-Jabbar will be a challenge. If Bryant keeps up a pace of 25.0 points a game, which is roughly his career average, he could track down Abdul-Jabbar in the 2017-18 season. 

Given Remaining Career Avg PPG
Season to Pass
20.0 PPG 2018-19
22.5 PPG 2017-18
25.0 PPG 2017-18
27.5 PPG 2016-17
30.0 PPG 2016-17
*6,193 points shy of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Some quick hitters highlighting the rarified air Bryant occupies as a scorer: 

• His four straight 50-point games in 2007 is matched only by Wilt Chamberlain (who did it as many as seven times in the 1961-62 season). 

• Bryant stands with Chamberlain as the only players with 10 games of 50-plus points in a season. Bryant did it 10 times in 2006-07, whereas Chamberlain did it 45 times in 1961-62 and 30 times in 1962-63. 

• Bryant has averaged at least 40 points per game through a calendar month four times. Only Chamberlain (15 times) and Elgin Baylor (once) have averaged 40 in a month (minimum five games per month). 

• Bryant averaged 35.4 points per game in the 2005-06 season. He joined Wilt Chamberlain (five seasons), Rick Barry (1966-67) and Jordan (1986-87) as players to score at least 35 points per game through an entire season.

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ALAN MOTHNER/REUTERS Is Kobe Bryant (r.) better than Michael Jordan? If you ask us, the answer is very easy: Nope. Now that Kobe Bryant has passed Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA’s career scoring list, where does that rank Bryant among the NBA’s all-time greats? Is Kobe better than Jordan? Is Bryant the greatest of all-time? Is Bryant one of the 10 best players in NBA history? CAROL FRANCAVILLA/AP Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (l.) and his sky hook catapult him to the top of the scoring list. Enlarge PAUL VATHIS/AP Wilt Chamberlain after his 100 point game.  Enlarge Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (l.) is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer – and speaking of scoring – Wilt Chamberlain holds the single-game scoring record for his famous 100-point effort. Should Bryant lose points for giving himself a nickname (these are the tough questions that answering)? Bryant has got just two players left to pass on the scoring list, Karl Malone at No. 2 and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the top, about 6,000 points ahead of the Black Mamba. Bryant has won five NBA titles, one MVP, four All-Star Game MVPs and is a 16-time All-Star. Is that enough to crack this top 10? Cast your [...]
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Lakers Throw Party on Team Plane for Kobe Bryant After He Passes Michael Jordan

The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night, but the victory took a backseat to a milestone reached by Kobe Bryant during the game.

Entering the game, the Black Mamba needed nine points to pass Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. With a pair of free throws midway through the second quarter, the Lakers star passed the Chicago Bulls legend.

Bryant led the Lakers to a 100-94 victory with 26 points.

It was all about the Black Mamba after the game, with the Lakers' team plane decorated to celebrate the milestone.

There were more than just decorations, by the way. Bryant also received a cake to mark the occasion.

On the night, Bryant passed Jordan on the all-time scoring list, earned a victory and got a cake. That's a pretty good night.

Kobe Bryant Passing Michael Jordan's NBA Scoring Mark a Bittersweet Affair

For all of the unbelievable entries on Kobe Bryant's legendary NBA resume, his latest might be the most difficult to process.

Passing Hall of Famer Michael Jordan to reach third on the league's all-time scoring list, as he did with a pair of foul shots at the 5:24 mark of the second quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Dec. 14, shows both how far Bryant has traveled—and how little is left of his basketball journey.

It's a bittersweet moment for the offensive assassin known as the Black Mamba.

On one hand, the basketball world is ready to celebrate a feat of historic proportions, a generational accomplishment no one can ever take from him. But a brutally honest assessment of his situation and that of the Los Angeles Lakers shows this could be the last major triumph of his storied career.

Of all the players to have ever graced the NBA hardwood, only two have more career points than Kobe Bryant. No matter which angle is used to view that fact, it's mind-numbingly impressive.

Unless, apparently, if you're Bryant himself.

"I only think about it when I am asked about it," Bryant said earlier this month, per Sporting News' Sean Deveney. "I just go out there and play."

Publicly, Bryant kept it cool while approaching the mark. But those close to him know there is a far greater appreciation for this moment than he has let on.

"I know it's big for him" Lakers guard Nick Young said, per Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles. "He can say what he wants but I know he looks at it and to beat someone you look up to is a great feeling."

Bryant is a student of the game. While he lists Jordan as a basketball influence, Bryant also points to players like Oscar Robertson, Bob Pettit, Walt Frazier and George Mikan, per ESPN Baxter Holmes.

Bryant cannot have that level of respect for basketball history and not be overwhelmed by what this means. One glance at the scoring leaderboard stresses the significance of what he has pulled off.

The Five Greatest Scorers in NBA History
Player Seasons Points
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 20 38,387
Karl Malone 19 36,928
Kobe Bryant 19* 32,310
Michael Jordan 15 32,292
Wilt Chamberlain 14 31,419


And, yes, the fact that he surpassed Jordan specifically has to make this climb even more special.

When Bryant entered the league in 1996, Jordan was still at his peak. During Bryant's first two seasons, Jordan picked up the last two of his six titles.

Once Jordan walked away from the NBA for the second (but not final) time in 1998, the league was in desperate need of a new superstar leader. Someone had to carry the torch.

More than that, someone needed to be the "next Michael Jordan."

Move over MJ!@kobebryant passes Michael Jordan for No. 3 on the NBA's career scoring list

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 15, 2014
In so many ways, that was an impossible task. Forget Jordan's near-mythical gift for the game, His Airness transcended the world of sports. He was a cultural icon, which only added to the level of scrutiny the stars who followed him would face.

Not to mention, Jordan was a ruthless competitor of the highest order. That combination packed the pressure onto anyone who tried retracing his footsteps.

Most didn't even bother attempting it. Bryant, somehow, nearly pulled it off with flawless execution. While Jordan has the a narrow edge in championships (six to five), Bryant now has the advantage in scoring.

"I congratulate Kobe on reaching this milestone," Jordan, the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, said in a statement released to The Associated Press, via Jon Krawczynski. "He's obviously a great player, with a strong work ethic and has an equally strong passion for the game of basketball. I've enjoyed watching his game evolve over the years, and I look forward to seeing what he accomplishes next."

Even if Jordan wasn't the target, he was certainly the model. Bryant patterned his game after Jordan's, flashing many of the same moves and even going straight to the source for the secrets behind them.

So take Bryant's words with a grain of salt when he feigns nonchalance.

"It's really not a big deal to say I passed him for something like that," Bryant said, per Holmes. "It's a great accomplishment, but the true beauty is in the journey."

Maybe Bryant hasn't been chasing Jordan. Or numbers. Or any number other than Ringsssss," at least.

Still, the fact that he climbed this high is nothing short of remarkable. As CBS Sports' Zach Harper noted, there is substance behind Bryant's statistical assault:

Kobe's longevity of both physical and mental prominence in the game of basketball does matter. He outlasted Jordan, and while Jordan did more in fewer games, Kobe was able to endure the game longer, something Jordan either couldn't do or chose not to do. It's a win for Kobe, even if that win wasn't the ultimate goal.

There is, however, an unsettling subplot about how this win came about and just how many, if any at all, will follow.

Bryant might be wiser and craftier at age 36, but he still resembles the younger Mamba in a lot of ways.

He's still sitting among the scoring leaders, still getting up shots at a blistering rate, still unleashing copious amounts of trash talk at anyone in his vicinity.

This is largely the same Bryant the basketball world has always known, only the circumstances around the five-time champion have changed.

Dramatically.

Last season, the Lakers set a franchise-record with 55 losses. This year, they are winning games at an even lower rate. Lakers legend Magic Johnson has already abandoned hope and has been publicly pleading for the organization to tank this season in hopes of saving a 2015 first-rounder that is owed to the Phoenix Suns and under top-five protection.

Cut from the same competitive cloth as Jordan, Bryant won't allow this team to tank. But the Lakers could pile up the losses even if it's not their intent.

As Bleacher Report's Dan Favale explained, L.A. simply doesn't have the bodies to compete for anything of significance:

Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, Metta World Peace and a sporadically healthy Steve Nash aren't in the rotation to complement Bryant. He instead has Wesley Johnson and Nick Young, Carlos Boozer and Ed Davis, Jordan Hill and Lin. This roster is far inferior to those of years past.

These Lakers are, unequivocally, the worst team Bryant has ever been on.

Bryant, like Jordan, left his greatest mark as a winner. Think of one, and the image of the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy follows shortly thereafter.

Unfortunately, it's starting to look like the 51-year-old Jordan has as good of a chance to play in another NBA Finals as Bryant.

This season has already become an exercise in futility. It's going to take almost 50 wins to secure a playoff spot in the Western Conference. At the Lakers' current rate, they'll be lucky to reach half of that.

And there are no guarantees that next year—the last on Bryant's contract—will be any better.



The Future

Only Bryant knows how much mileage is left on his wheels, but those in the know think next season will be his last.

"All indications are, to me, from him, that this (two-year contract) is going to be it," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak told NBA David Aldridge recently. "If somebody's thinking of buying a ticket three years from now to see Kobe play, I would not do that. Don't wait. Do it this year."

In other words, if the Lakers hope to give Bryant another taste of playoff basketball, they have the next 10 months to figure things out—with no obvious solutions in front of them.

They could look to make a splash in free agency, but they already have more than $30 million tied up between Bryant and Nick Young alone. And Deveney recently reported the Lakers "are considered likely" to pick up Jordan Hill's $9 million team option.

That still leaves some money to spend, but it's hard to say how many top-shelf targets will even be available. There is a chance LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers), Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers), Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies), Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs) and Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics) could all decide to stay with their current clubs.

Even if the Lakers pry one loose, who would transform this team from a cellar-dweller to a contender? L.A. could keep its draft pick, get a healthy Julius Randle back in the mix, grab an upper-tier free agent and still find itself outgunned in the Wild West.

Then, what happens to Bryant? What goals would he even have left to chase?

Without another contract—plus a clean bill of health—he isn't climbing any higher on the scoring list. He's a first-ballot lock for the Hall of Fame anyway, so it's not as if his resume needs more quantity. And his sub-40 shooting percentage this season suggests that whatever he adds would come at the expense of quality.

He has scaled all of the individual mountains he can. His competitiveness may fuel his burning desire to add to his jewelry collection, but he has never looked further away from championship contention. Outside of mentoring his young teammates and helping the franchise transition to a new era, there isn't much left for him to do.

So this is a moment that he and the basketball world should savor like it's his last. Because it very well may be exactly that.
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Can Kobe pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar?

Bryant trails Malone by 4,618 points, therefore would need 182 regular-season games to pass Malone at his current scoring average of 25.4 points. The Lakers have 58 games left this season, so about halfway into the 2016-17 season figures to be a reasonable estimate for when Bryant could pass Malone. 

Although Bryant figures to breeze by Malone, catching Abdul-Jabbar will be a challenge. If Bryant keeps up a pace of 25.0 points a game, which is roughly his career average, he could track down Abdul-Jabbar in the 2017-18 season. 

Given Remaining Career Avg PPG
Season to Pass
20.0 PPG 2018-19
22.5 PPG 2017-18
25.0 PPG 2017-18
27.5 PPG 2016-17
30.0 PPG 2016-17
*6,193 points shy of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Some quick hitters highlighting the rarified air Bryant occupies as a scorer: 

• His four straight 50-point games in 2007 is matched only by Wilt Chamberlain (who did it as many as seven times in the 1961-62 season). 

• Bryant stands with Chamberlain as the only players with 10 games of 50-plus points in a season. Bryant did it 10 times in 2006-07, whereas Chamberlain did it 45 times in 1961-62 and 30 times in 1962-63. 

• Bryant has averaged at least 40 points per game through a calendar month four times. Only Chamberlain (15 times) and Elgin Baylor (once) have averaged 40 in a month (minimum five games per month). 

• Bryant averaged 35.4 points per game in the 2005-06 season. He joined Wilt Chamberlain (five seasons), Rick Barry (1966-67) and Jordan (1986-87) as players to score at least 35 points per game through an entire season.

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https://plus.google.com/105392943827747623093 Ionel Meches : NBA Jucator-----             Puncte----- media 1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar..       38.387…..24.61 2. Karl...
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               Jucator-----             Puncte----- media 1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar..       38.387…..24.61 2. Karl Malone………………36.928……25.02 3. Kobe Bryant……………  32.310……25.45 4. Michael Jordan…………   .32.292……30.12 5. Wilt Chamberlain……….    31.419…..30.07 6. ...
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               Jucator-----             Puncte----- media 1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar..       38.387…..24.61 2. Karl Malone………………36.928……25.02 3. Kobe Bryant……………  32.310……25.45 4. Michael Jordan…………   .32.292……30.12 5. Wilt Chamb...
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https://plus.google.com/112297993661450308327 USPS Stamps : Trivia time! The Wilt Chamberlain stamp pane shows the 7-foot, 1-inch basketball superstar in two Philadelphia...
Trivia time! The Wilt Chamberlain stamp pane shows the 7-foot, 1-inch basketball superstar in two Philadelphia uniforms. Which one is the Warriors uniform and which is the 76ers? Bragging rights if you can name in which year Chamberlain was traded to the 76ers. http://bit.ly/WiltStamp #WiltStamp
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