Tuesday, September 8, 2009

What's In a Name?

In our last post, we asked if anyone knew why this blog is called 12 trillion.

It is not a reference to the national deficit or the bailout total. This blog is about the NBA, not the GDP.

If you are a true fan, you know that there is a basketball phrase known as "trillion." It is used to describe an empty boxscore line for a player who got in the game.

Years ago, my job responsibilities included taking dictated long-form NBA boxscores over the telephone. There was no automatic field population from a courtside computer or an entry system that input the player's entire name after entering the first two or three characters. You had to know how to spell every player's name and enter every stat using a system that tabbed through the columns.

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