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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Mission and Primary Objectives of the Quest for the Ring

Before we state the mission and objectives it’s interesting to see how they developed:

This site was born as of about January 1, 2007 as a Denver Nuggets fan site. Editorial Plan #1 was basically that reports were done for each Denver Nuggets game. In the first year or so, most articles were centered around particular games, although even back then some of the topics covered while the games were being reviewed were ones that transcend any individual game.

In those very early days, we didn't yet realize that understanding how basketball games are won is even more important to us than it is to most other fans and writers.

The game-based reports started out short and became longer and longer. More and more performance measures were added into the mix. The statistical measures and the text reports were all rolled into one, and these reports eventually exceeded 9,000 words in length, so these reports are most likely the longest reports based on NBA games ever produced!

During the course of the second year, 2008, we gradually decided that Plan #1 was too narrow, that being mostly a rose colored glasses wearing fan of a team was not going to be a productive enough way to spend time long term.

So we graduated from that in the summer and fall of 2008. For about 10 months, we had an editorial plan, "Plan #2," that was an expanded and modified version of the basic fan site concept.

The number of teams covered in detail was doubled to two. We phased out extensive game recapping in favor of more wide ranging team-based reports and in favor of reports even more focused on how games are won than they already were. We started to focus more on how playoff games are won as opposed to mere regular season games.

Plan #2 was considered "state of the art," but it turned out it didn't last very long! In May 2009, a huge editorial change was made. It was realized that resource limitations made it foolish to spend a lot of time on regular season games, especially since this site is focused like a laser on winning the whole thing: the NBA Championship. So we decided to plan to pour a far higher percentage of our production effort into NBA playoff games (including the Championship) then all other basketball sites do.

Meanwhile, as the editorial plan for reports has changed from time to time, the quantity and the quality of the statistical reports have been growing almost month by month. The primary, pre-formatted performance measurement reports can and generally do stand well alone (they are no longer attatched to text reports). But other, more freelance performance reporting is interwoven into the text articles.

For much more detail about "Plan #3," the current Site Editorial Plan, see this User Guide article. For details about exactly what types of reports are produced, see the User Guide article on "What we Produce and When".

First and foremost, the mission of this site is to investigate, to determine, to verify results, and then to reveal right here at this site exactly how basketball games are won and lost.

The specific League covered is the NBA of the USA. Two teams are picked for especially close coverage each year. Generally, the two teams closely covered will be the defending Champion and the team in the other Conference considered (as of October of eadh year) to be most likely to challenge the Champion for the ring.

This is the developmental site for Basketball Winning Inc., which is currently a completely non-profit organization. The scope of what we do has expanded exponentially, and so it is planned that the home page address will gradually become during late 2009 or in 2010.

As the name of our company implies, our mission, first and foremost, is to inform players, coaches, and managers about what they need to do if they want to become basketball winners. When you are a loser, basketball is nowhere near as fun and rewarding as it is when you are a winner. And you make a lot less money when you lose in basketball than when you win. So in other words our mission is really to make our readers winners.

Specific objectives are too numerous to list in full, but here are what the main specific objectives are:

1. To determine and report on how basketball games are won, specifically and in general, which is information that can be worth millions or at least thousands of dollars to NBA and other players, coaches, and managers. You can and we do fine tune our understanding of how and why games are won from breaking down each and every game that we report on. Game breakdowns, known as Ultimate Game Breakdowns, consist of Real Game Ratings and Real Player Ratings.

2. To determine and report on how the NBA teams are doing and why. The NBA teams are broken down and ranked via the Real Team Ratings. Also, two specific teams are covered in extensive detail. These teams are sliced and diced to the point where every substantial mistake or problem becomes public knowledge here. They go under the microscope so that we can see in enough detail what they are doing right and what they are doing wrong.

3. To determine and report on how well the NBA players are doing, which is reported in words and by using the Real Player Ratings, which can be produced just as easily for a player's career as they can be for a team.

4. To determine and report on why certain organizations such as the Lakers, the Celtics, and the Spurs, are so often to be found at or near the top of the standings, in the Conference finals and in rhw NBA Championship, whereas other organizations, such as the Nuggets, frequently drop down to become major losing teams, and seldom if ever reach the Conference finals or the Championship. In explaining why and proving the reasons, what we are really doing is giving advice to managers and coaches on how to keep their teams on the long term winning track. This information (assuming of course that it is correct) is worth millions of dollars, and could in theory be worth tens of millions of dollars.

What is the common denominator of all of these objectives? That is obvious: its how and why players, coaches, and franchises who win in basketball do so. If you know exactly how they do it, then you can do it too. The internet is where secrets are revealed, and here we have and will continue to reveal how and why the winners win in basketball.

You may be surprised about what the real factors are. Basketball, like life, is much more complicated than it seems. For example, you are a fool if you think that the truly best players, coaches, or managers always win. Having great players, coaches, and/or managers is necessary but not sufficient. And there is a lot more involved than "how good" the players are or "how hard" the players play. Also, you are a fool if you think the styles or personalities of players are among the important factors.

In order to win the Quest for the Ring, you don't have to be perfect, and you don't have to be better than everyone else in everything, but you do have to do a truly large number of things very well, with some of those things being unknown to most of the general public and to many players, coaches, and managers. Always remember, the Quest for the Ring Site is out to make the unknown the known for those who hang with us.

In summary, here, you will find out the true, verified, real factors that determine basketball winning and losing. We will relentlessly do research, study games, and verify findings until we have discovered and reported all of the factors, and have put those factors in the right order of importance.

Complete Directory of all the Ways to Find and Read Reports: The Readers are in Command at The Quest

Quest for the Ring has graduated from the "read everything we write or else" page format. Furthermore, we have now graduated from the boring, traditional "content rules" that most blog type web sites follow in general.

There are at least six ways to find, choose, and read reports at Quest. If you insist, you can read reports off our pages, by using RSS readers, personally configured browsing home pages such as i Google, or by email if you prefer. But by giving you as many options for choosing and reading reports as possible, we are doing everything we can to persuade readers to read reports at the Quest itself rather than elsewhere. We want as many people as we can get to come to our pages. We have no way of knowing how fast outside readership is growing. And if you read the content elsewhere, you will miss out on having access to all kinds of other pages and content.

So in hopes of getting as many people as possible to read reports here rather than elsewhere, we have six reading options rather than just one or two....

OPTION ONE: REPORT READERS: As you scroll down either the Quest for the Ring home page, or any of the Quest report reader pages, such as The Quest for the Ring 2, and so forth, you will come upon many separate content readers, with 20 titles appearing in each one. Each one will be labeled with the posts that are contained in that reader; the latest post is #1, the next to the latest is #2, and so forth. The reports are not actually numbered; the numbering in the reader headers is only a temporary numeric description of how each report ranks chronologically. Whenever a new report is published, the "number" for all other reports increases by one, and the readers change accordingly. Every time a new report is published, each reader will have a new report appear at the top, and what was the oldest report in each reader will disappear from the bottom, to appear now at the top of the next oldest reader. Both for the readers by page as a whole, and within each reader, the order of the reports is always from newest at the top to oldest at the bottom.

By using any of the readers, you can quickly choose between and access any of the reports within the reader, right here right now. Please note that if you read reports in the readers, you usually must use the vertical scroll on the side of the reader to be able to see all of each report.

To read a report, simply click the title, or icon on the left, and the report will appear. To close an article you have opened, click the title again or the icon on the left next to the title. The titles and the icons are like an on-off switches. When the article closes, you are ready to pick another article to read.

Here are quick links to the pages containing the report readers:

Reports #401 to #500

OPTION TWO: QUEST FAST BREAK: THE LATEST 100 REPORTS INSTANTLYGo to the Fast Break Page if you like the readers, are not interested in anything other than Quest Reports, and/or if you are in a hurry.

OPTION THREE: QUEST EXPRESS VERSION: THE REPORTS ONLY ON A FAST LOADING PAGE IN THE STANDARD, PURE BLOG FORMATGo to the Quest Express Version Page if you need quick access to reports in the well known blog format, and you do not need any of the features and resouces available on the main home pages.

Even if you usually come to the main home page, you may wish to visit either Fast Break or Express when your time is limited.

OPTION FOUR: COMPLETE CONTENT DIRECTORY: You can use the complete Quest For the Ring Content Directory. This is a separate page which has links to every single report ever posted at Quest, all in one place. Each report link will lead to the Quest Express Version, which means it will load instantly and no scrolling will be needed to read it.

On your first visit to the Complete Directory page, please read the short User Guide that is right at the top. One of the notices in that Guide is that the index will probably not load in the Internet Explorer Browser. You will probably have to use Firefox, Safari, or another browser to be able to use the Complete Directory.

OPTION FIVE: THE GOOGLE ARCHIVE: You can use the Google archiving system. The Google archive has every single report ever published. We have our reports indexed by week which makes the archive as easy and convenient to use as possible. You will find the Google archive not far above where the reports start on The Quest for the Ring home page.

In the Google archive, the small triangle icons are "switches" that open and close title lists according to the weekly date ranges. In other words, each small triangle opens (or closes) all of the reports that were published in a particular week. If you click on the date range itself, all of the reports that were posted in that time frame will be loaded.

If you click on any title in the archive, the home page will reload with that article only. Once the home page is reloads with your selection, click the yellow Jump to Reports link near the top of the page to avoid having to scroll past everything above the report.

OPTION SIX: TRADITIONAL ON THE HOME PAGE: On the main home page, you can access a huge number of features, and you can use the traditional blog way to read reports. (See option #3 above for the traditional format with no features.) This may be your favorite way of reading if you do not wish to pick and choose among many different kinds of reports, and among many different reports. You can simply immediately go to the latest report and start reading: simply and quickly. This jump link will take you directly to where the traditional format is found.

Or, when arriving on the home page, click the yellow Jump to the Reports link near the top of the page to avoid having to scroll down past everything that is above the latest report.

To be totally clear, and helpful to those who are unfamiliar with the Google blog presentation system, a quick explanation of it is in order. At any time on the home page, either a particular, single report is loaded or, if the home page in general is loaded, the Google traditional post presentation format is in effect. In this format, the webmaster chooses how many reports he or she will show with each page load. We have chosen to show four reports in full. The newest report is at the top of all reports, the second newest report is below the newest, and so on.

At the bottom of these four, you click on "Older Posts," to load the next oldest four. If you click "Older Posts" over and over again, you will be loading older and older reports, four at a time. Every time you click "Older Posts" you can click the yellow Jump to the Reports link near the top of the page to avoid having to scroll down past everything that is above the reports on the home page.