Scientists who claim ‘hot hand’ is a myth have never had one

By Tom Siegfried, 11:18 AM October 29, 2013

It’s time for the beginning of basketball season, and science writers’ thoughts turn to how to rip on LeBron James.

One obvious approach would be to allege that LeBron has never, ever had a hot hand. To which many fans would say, “Are you kidding?” LeBron has had a hot hand lots of times. Just never in the fourth quarter in the NBA finals.”

But science supposedly argues otherwise. Studies have shown that the hot hand phenomenon does not exist for anybody. Not even LeBron. Or Michael Jordan or L...

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