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“Why Ain’t He Dunkin?”
"You hear all the time that a player needs to 'fix' their shot or improve their defense, but what some people don’t understand is that it takes hundreds of hours to make that tiny difference at an elite level. Why? Because other guys are spending hundreds of hours working on whatever you’re trying to stop. While I’m shooting with Bob, Tyson Chandler is in a gym somewhere trying to contest shots better and make me sad. With our travel schedule, you only have so many possible hours to put in that work. So what do you choose?"
a:Blake-Griffin  p:The-Players'-Tribune  d:2015.02.02  w:1500  basketball  NBA  from instapaper
2 days ago by bankbryan
LeBron James Rips Trump, Sums Up This Martin Luther King Day Better Than Anyone
While Trump played golf, loudly claimed he was “not a racist” and did his best to ignore the Martin Luther King holiday, we got pure eloquence from the best player in the NBA.
On King and his legacy:
“For a man who stood for more than himself. You always hear people saying ‘Risking their life.’ He actually gave up his life for the betterment of all of us to be able to live in a free world and for us to be able to have a voice, for us to go out and be free no matter your skin color, no matter who you are, no matter the height and size and the weight or whatever the case may be. He had a vision and he took a bullet for all of us. Literally. In the rawest form that you could say that.”
lebron  basketball  gov2.0  politics  trump  MLK  racism 
2 days ago by rgl7194
ESPN, Kobe Bryant partner up for new TV show – Lakers Outsiders
On Friday, ESPN announced that they would be partnering with Granity Studios, which is owned by Kobe Bryant, to produce a new show titled Detail, which will be hosted, written and produced by the Laker great.
ESPN and Kobe Bryant’s Granity Studios Team Up for New Basketball Analysis Show, "Detail" https://t.co/G22cpObNLs pic.twitter.com/4tjbXGm5b5
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) January 12, 2018
basketball  analytics  kobe  tv 
5 days ago by rgl7194
John Blanchette: Rui Hachimura finds friendly face 5,000 miles from home
When they were high school kids, Rui Hachimura and Tahirou Diabate had the sizzle, the steak, the jam and the bread.
ncaa  basketball  gonzaga 
6 days ago by axodys
The No-Stats All-Star
"On the baseball field, it would be hard for a player to sacrifice his team’s interest for his own. Baseball is an individual sport masquerading as a team one: by doing what’s best for himself, the player nearly always also does what is best for his team. 'There is no way to selfishly get across home plate,' as Morey puts it. 'If instead of there being a lineup, I could muscle my way to the plate and hit every single time and damage the efficiency of the team — that would be the analogy. Manny Ramirez can’t take at-bats away from David Ortiz. We had a point guard in Boston who refused to pass the ball to a certain guy.' In football the coach has so much control over who gets the ball that selfishness winds up being self-defeating. The players most famous for being selfish — the Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiver Terrell Owens, for instance — are usually not so much selfish as attention seeking. Their sins tend to occur off the field. It is in basketball where the problems are most likely to be in the game — where the player, in his play, faces choices between maximizing his own perceived self-interest and winning. The choices are sufficiently complex that there is a fair chance he doesn’t fully grasp that he is making them."
a:Michael-Lewis★★  p:The-New-York-Times-Magazine★★  d:2009.02.13  w:9000  basketball  sports  strategy  statistics  Sam-Hinkie  from instapaper
7 days ago by bankbryan
How Steve Kerr revolutionized the Golden State Warriors' offense on a charcuterie board
“The Warriors ultimately found that if defenses were panicked about the first pass, by the time their third pass arrived, they were rewarded with a wide-open corner 3. "The main goal," Curry says, "is to just make the defense make as many decisions as you can so that they're going to mess up at some point with all that ball movement and body movement and whatnot. But it took awhile for us to kind of get the understanding of where each other was going to be without having to call a set play or whatnot. So it took awhile."”
nba  strategy  stevekerr  stephencurry  basketball  coaching  tactics  sport 
9 days ago by colm.mcmullan
Football Still Americans' Favorite Sport to Watch
2017 survey of americans fave sport to watch

football-basketball-baseball-soccer...
all: 37-11-9-7
18-34: 30-11-6-11
35-54: 40-12-7-10
55+: 39-11-14-1
sports  popularity  football  basketball  baseball  soccer  suverys 
9 days ago by actualitems

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