I do have to disagree with one bit, though:
[Murphy] is a professor of economics at the University of Chicago, he's been commuting to the labor talks in New York and, with all due respect to NBA commissioner David Stern, union director Billy Hunter and the others hashing out the league's finances and future, he truly might be the smartest guy in the room.Might be? Might be? Think again, nba.com interviewer. That should just be "is".
I did not interact with Kevin much during my graduate student days - he was not yet co-teaching one of the first year micro courses with Gary Becker - but there were several times at the labor seminar when it was clear from his first couple of questions that Kevin had not so much as looked at the abstract, but by 45 minutes in, he knew the paper better than the speaker.
Hat tip: someone .... where did that email go?