One of the things I love about this Miami Heat team is that they've brought back my absolute disgust for the Boston Celtics (just check out the Heat $#!t List). The Heat have freed me from the bizarro world of the last three NBA seasons that forced me to root for the Celtics because they were the only thing standing between Kobe and the championship.
With my newly restored Celtics hatred, listeners of the Nerd Numbers podcast may think that Arturo Galletti is the Celtics fan that annoys me the most but that's not true. The Celtics fan that's been annoying me the most this season is Bill Simmons.
Simmons' love for the Celtics and beef with LeBron's free agency decision have caused him to say some insanely stupid things about the Heat this season and he'll say even more during the ESPN broadcast of Heat vs. Warriors.
Simmons pushed me to my breaking point last Friday while I was listening to a recent podcast with Steve Kerr during a long commute for work and I had to strike back the only way I could at the time—with Twitter.
The whole point of this article is to re-post my private tweets attacking Simmons (@sportsguy33) in a public forum and then support them with facts to release my pent up frustration with ESPN's number one sports columnist so that I don't explode during the Heat-Warriors broadcast.
If you're a Heat fan needing catharsis from Simmons, then maybe this will help you, too.
This article will use Win Score and Estimated Wins Produced, statistical models created by Professor David Berri from the Wages of Wins Journal, to measure how much a player's box score statistics contributed to their team's performance. An average player produces an estimated 0.100 wins per 48 minutes (EWP48), a star player produces 0.200+ EWP48 and a superstar produces 0.300+ EWP48. More information on these stats can be found at the following links: