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 22

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 22

Before yesterday, there were five players in NBA history to have a game of 70 points or more. Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, David Thompson, David Robinson and Kobe Bryant. Devin Booker just became the sixth! Booker, the second-year pro out of Kentucky, put up his own version of March Madness as he hit 21-of-40 field goals, 4-of-11 triples and 24-of-26… Read more →

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 21

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 21

Shut down for the season. Those are the words that no one wants to hear or read about one of their star players—especially this time of year. However, every season players on teams with no chance of making the postseason, or those with lingering injuries, get shelved, and as a fantasy manager there’s little you can do about it. Eric… Read more →

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 20

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 20

When you think of international basketball players in the NBA over the past 15 years, the first name that pops into most heads is Dirk Werner Nowitzki. Now in his 19th NBA season, the man who redefined the stretch four position, the former NBA Finals MVP, NBA champion, NBA MVP and 13-time All-Star set a new record this past week…. Read more →

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 19

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 19

Dear Kyle Lowry and Kevin Durant Owners, Commiserations. Regards, The Fantasy Gods If you own either of these guys, like I do (and both in a roto league), you’re in a world of pain now. With just six weeks left of the regular season, losing your first- or second-round pick is like being told you’ve won an Oscar, only to… Read more →

The 2016-17 NBA Mid-Season Fantasy Awards

The 2016-17 NBA Mid-Season Fantasy Awards

“You’re not perfect, sport, and let me save you the suspense: this girl you’ve met, she’s not perfect either. But the question is whether or not you’re perfect for each other.” With a small break post-All-Star weekend, it’s really the last chance to assess how your NBA fantasy team is truly performing. Do you have the right mix to really… Read more →

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 17

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 17

If you watched the Cavs at Wizards overtime game earlier this week, you witnessed one of the best regular season games you’ll ever see. Not only was it high-scoring with several talented players going at each other, it was also an intense contest that neither team wanted to lose. The Cavs have been sputtering lately and desperately needed to win… Read more →

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 15

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 15

Team disharmony is a dangerous thing. It seems to be following Rajon Rondo around since he left Boston, and this week it resurfaced in Chicago. Rondo called out teammates Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade for their lack of leadership after they blamed a recent loss on younger teammates not wanting it enough or caring enough. Rondo fired back via an… Read more →

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 →