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Is It Possible to Know Too Much About Basketball? - The Ringer
Augmented graphics existed before CourtVision. The NFL has used yellow first-down markers for three decades, and MLB has featured strike zones for nearly as long. But those graphics focus on numbers such as speed, distance, and location. Second Spectrum is using computers to process information that is far more illustrative of performance. “What we wanted to do required a machine to understand the game like a coach or a human, then augment it,” Maheswaran said. “John Madden taught us a lot about football, and, because of the breaks in the game, he drew a lot on the screen. We want to bring the same thing to basketball.”
basketball  machinelearning 
1 hour ago by gwijthoff
Luke Walton says Lakers will try to use a balanced approach to clutch situations with LeBron James - Silver Screen and Roll
LeBron James is obviously one of the best clutch players ever, but the Luke Walton doesn’t want the Lakers to use him as a crutch in late-game situations.
A year ago, the Los Angeles Lakers offense sputtered to a halt all too often in clutch situations. LeBron James tends to fix that kind of thing, but Luke Walton doesn’t want to use him as a safety net all the time this year.
Walton addressed reporters after the Lakers’ final practice before they hopped on a plane for Portland for their season opener against the Blazers, and addressed how clutch situations might go. (via the Lakers’ official Twitter account)
“It’s easiest to just give (LeBron) the ball, somebody as talented as he is, and we will. He’ll have the ball plenty of time, but it’s also important that our guys continue to develop. What we’re talking about is where we’re going to be at the end of the year, so if we have guys out there or lineups that are struggling, let’s kind of let them figure it out a little bit, knowing that we have all the belief in the world in them.
“Those guys have done a really nice job here, and so it’s finding the balance of him doing what he does so well and continuing to let some of the other guys make plays and grow so that we can be at our best at the end of the season.”
lakers  basketball  lebron  coach 
yesterday by rgl7194
Lakers were smart to lock in contract options for Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma - Silver Screen and Roll
The Lakers secured their young core of Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma for at least two more years, and they’ve set themselves up for a bright, not-so-distant future.
The Los Angeles Lakers announced they have picked up team options on the contracts for Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma for the 2019-20 season on Thursday. The move might have been a no-brainer for the Lakers, but that doesn’t change how significant it was for the team’s future.
On almost any other team in the NBA, picking up the contracts for second and third-year players wouldn’t be such a huge deal, especially with late first-rounders like Hart and Kuzma, but the front office did such a sensational job of drafting players that are ready to contribute now that their contracts are already bargains.
Next season, Ball, Hart, Ingram and Kuzma will make a combined $19.8 million. That’s four quality NBA players for the price of one Tyler Johnson.
basketball  lakers  business  ingram  lonzo  kuzma 
yesterday by rgl7194
The NBA Is Just What 2018 Needs
“I’m busier than I used to be, so season tickets are a thing of the distant past. This year I’ll probably watch fewer than a dozen games, often with the sound off, or for only an hour, and mostly during the playoffs. But I’ll still follow NBA analytics on the internet every day, and that way I will know I am truly a contemporary sports fan.”
tyler-cowen  bloomberg  sports  basketball  nba  analytics 
2 days ago by actualitems
Rajon Rondo makes championship with Los Angeles Lakers a priority
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Rajon Rondo has a unique view of the Lakers-Celtics storied history, and now the point guard is driven to put his own stamp on the NBA's historic rivalry.
"I need another ring," Rondo said after practice on Monday. "It's simple. I want to be the first to win for the two most historic franchises that's ever put a basketball to use. So, I got one in Boston and I'd love to get one with this organization."
Rondo signed a one-year deal with the Lakers in the offseason and he spoke glowingly of the franchise a few days before the regular season opens.
basketball  lakers  rondo 
3 days ago by rgl7194
Rajon Rondo says Lakers might be best organization he’s ever played for, says team watches as much film as he’s ever seen - Silver Screen and Roll
Rajon Rondo is happy to be part of what the Lakers are building.
The Los Angeles Lakers paired two of the brightest basketball minds in the NBA when they signed LeBron James and Rajon Rondo this offseason.
While it might take some time for fans to get used to seeing Rondo, who spent nearly a decade with the Boston Celtics, in the purple and gold, Rondo has already bought into what the Lakers are selling. He even went as far as to say the Lakers may be the best organization he’s ever played for.
“This is definitely a players-first organization,” Rondo said after practice on Monday. “I can’t say it’s not the best I’ve ever played for as far as the staff.”
basketball  lakers  rondo 
3 days ago by rgl7194
Anonymous NBA scouts think Lakers have better supporting cast for LeBron James than Cavaliers did - Silver Screen and Roll
In an unexpected turn of events, “anonymous NBA scouts” might actually be right when it comes to the Lakers.
After making his triumphant return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014 and ending the city’s 52-year championship drought in 2016, LeBron James left the reigning Eastern Conference champion this summer to join a Los Angeles Lakers team that has not seen the postseason in five years. Why?
While there are many people that believe James came to L.A. solely to set up his post-basketball career, a group of anonymous NBA scouts told Sports Illustrated that they think the move made sense for James from a basketball standpoint as well.
The Lakers roster is better than Cleveland’s last year top to bottom. The Lakers we see in the first month will look different than the Lakers in the playoffs. They’re going to try to figure out what works best as they go along. Historically, LeBron handling the ball the majority of the game, that formula has been proven. The roster the Lakers have assembled will challenge a lot of what has made LeBron comfortable in the past because they want to play at a high pace and they don’t have that much shooting.
What if told you saying this year’s Lakers are better than last year’s Cavs isn’t that spicy of a take?
basketball  lakers  lebron 
3 days ago by rgl7194
LeBron James feels like Lakers can compete with anyone with him on the floor - Silver Screen and Roll
LeBron James (probably correctly) thinks that the Lakers are good enough to stick around with any team as long as he’s in the game. In order to be something greater, though, they’ll have to survive in the minutes without him too.
LeBron James has led his team to the NBA Final for eight seasons in a row, the type of achievement that would leave anyone feeling pretty confident about what they could do on a basketball court.
James has said that his finals streak “means a lot” to him, and so it shouldn’t be surprising that he isn’t convinced it’s coming to an end anytime soon. In fact, he told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports that he “doesn’t really buy into defeat,” which is one of the most singularly badass quotes an NBA players (or any competitor) has ever given:
“I don’t really buy into [defeat]. I feel like with me on the floor, I can compete versus anybody individually. But at the end of the day, in order to win, your teams have to be great. Individuals are very great, but in order to win a championship, you have to have great teams.”
basketball  lakers  lebron 
4 days ago by rgl7194
Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram describe how LeBron James is leading the Lakers - Silver Screen and Roll
LeBron James is leading the young Lakers by just being one of the guys, according to Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart.
Before the season, one of the most oft-voiced concerns about the LeBron James era for the Los Angeles Lakers was how he the 33-year-old would relate to teammates like Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma, who are all in their early 20s.
This concern usually came from detractors of James’ move, and it was often a form of concern trolling that essentially came across as “oh, that’s cute, you think LeBron is going to want to play with those kids?”
We still have a long way to go before it’s time to judge whether or not James and his teammates fully bridge the generational gap during his time during Los Angeles, but Ingram told Tania Ganguli of the L.A. Times that things are going pretty well with James so far...
basketball  lakers  lebron 
5 days ago by rgl7194
Jeanie Buss Talks Mental Health: "I'm Somebody who has Benefited from Therapy" - Lakers Outsiders
Among many major NBA storylines over the past year, few have has as many real-world implications as that of players speaking out about their mental health. DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love notably spoke about their struggles with depression and anxiety.
But players are not the only ones showing their vulnerability. Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss spoke to Sam Amick of the Athletic about her own struggles and how she copes with mental health issues:
“This is the first time I’ve talked (about it),” Jeanie explained. “I knew that once I did the comedy, and I posted it, and people knew that was something I was doing, I’d be asked about it. And I thought it was a good way for me to bring up how comedy is a way for you to talk about the things that are bothering you. And that’s what therapy is.
“I’m somebody who has benefitted from therapy. There is no stigma there. You can be a successful executive and admit that there are times that you have to deal with things where it’s helpful to be able to talk in a safe space, in a group therapy session, or in a private session, just talking to people to help you process the things that sometimes seem so overwhelming that if you can talk, then all of a sudden they seem manageable and you can move forward past them.”
basketball  lakers  buss  mental_health 
5 days ago by rgl7194

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