Tom Hersz

When you’re introduced to the NBA as a 6 year old in 1984, staying up late to watch Bird, Magic and Dr. J, it’s pretty hard not to fall in love with the game. I became consumed with the Association, and as my own game was developing, I tried to emulate as much as I could at an early age and learn how to play “the right way”. I have memories as a teenager of being glued to Saturday Basketball on TV and spending every spare cent I had on basketball cards and replica jerseys and so began my obsession with NBA knowledge and stats. I played my first season of Fantasy Hoops in 2002, as my serious playing days were slowing down. I now play in 5 or 6 leagues every year. To say I’m obsessed with Fantasy Hoops would be an understatement. To say I love nothing more than sharing my opinion on a player’s value would be entirely accurate, and I guess, the reason why I’m here.

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Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 14

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 14

We’ve seen it before, but it didn’t make it any less entertaining when Gregg Popovich decided he’d had enough on Thursday night against the Nuggets. Pop, as he does so well, let loose on a verbal tirade against an unsuspecting Bennie Adams, one of the officials in that game. Now, he may have had a genuine issue with Adams about… Read more →

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 13

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 13

Did the New York Knicks handle the Derrick Rose situation appropriately? After failing to turn up for the Knicks’ home game versus New Orleans on Monday and not answering calls when team officials tried to contact him, Rose was given the opportunity to explain himself. “When I was in the room I felt like they understood where I was coming… Read more →

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 12

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 12

The first notable trade of the season went down on Friday as Atlanta started clearing cap space by sending Kyle Korver to Cleveland. It’s hardly a headline-grabbing deal, however it could prove invaluable for the Cavs as they defend their championship come May and June. For the Hawks, it signals the end of an era, and the only thing more… Read more →

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 11

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 11

NBA All-Star voting opened during the week. Fans have until January 16 to cast their votes for the starters at this year’s relocated All-Star game in New Orleans. Once again, there will be two guards and three frontcourt players selected from each conference, and there’s sure to be some hot debate about who is deserving of a spot this year…. Read more →

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 10

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 10

The holiday season is a time for giving, for sharing, for reconnecting with family and friends… Oh screw it, it’s a time to sit on your backside and watch five marquee matchups of NBA action in one day! The Christmas Day lineup is a stacked one this year. It tips off with the Celtics traveling to the other Garden in… Read more →

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 9

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 9

There are times in life when we don’t appreciate what we have until it’s taken away. This week, the NBA family lost one of the all-time greats. He never won a championship, was never voted to an All-Star game, never even scored a point. Yet Craig Sager changed his profession forever. Before it became known that Sager was suffering from… Read more →

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 8

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 8

It’s been a record-setting week in the Association. LeBron James further cemented his legacy in the pantheon of all-time greats as he moved past Elvin Hayes into ninth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. James scored 27 points to go along with eight boards and eight dimes as the Cavs cruised to their 16th win of the season against… Read more →

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 7

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 7

The NBA has a slogan reading “This is why we play.” However, for basketball fans and fantasy hoops managers, it’s really more like “This is why we watch.” And as voyeurs, we’ve been spoilt in recent history. Last year we witnessed the most phenomenal shooting season in NBA history by MVP Stephen Curry—breaking his own record for three-pointers made in… Read more →

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 6

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 6

With five weeks in the books, it’s always a good time to reflect on where things are, and there’s no better time to do so than during Thanksgiving week. Looking up and down your roster, you may have some mixed feelings. For example, in one of my redraft H2H leagues, I’m thankful that Al Horford is finally back and ballin’,… Read more →

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 5

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 5

We all love an underdog, a story of triumph against the odds, and perhaps there’s no greater basketball underdog story than that of the Hickory High School basketball team, immortalised in the movie Hoosiers. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the film, which was loosely based on the success of the Milan High School team in 1954. It told… Read more →