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The Little Parts of a Basketball Game Are What Make the NBA So Fun
"Basketball at any level has those little things, be it stuff you experience when you attend a game in person (watching NBA players walk around and stretch and whatnot before a game is oddly mesmerizing) or watch a game on TV (probably my favorite TV basketball-watching thing is when a game is a blowout and the announcers start talking about things not directly related to the game they’re supposed to be calling; Mike Breen and Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy are the best at this sort of thing). Let’s do more of those."
a:Shea-Serrano★★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.12.12  w:2500  list  NBA  from instapaper
4 days ago by bankbryan
Lowe's 10 things: Speedy CP3, Dennis Smith Jr. and the finally fun Cavs
"My favorite subplot of the season: watching Paul adjust to the pace and freedom of Mike D'Antoni's offense. You can see his brain working: 'OK, I'm dribbling fast. Look at me go! Oh, here's Clint setting me a screen 35 feet from the hoop. My guy went under! Wait, I'm supposed to shoot, aren't I? But there are 19 seconds on the shot clock and I haven't signaled a play or yelled at anyone yet. Should I really shoot? I guess so. WHEE!' He's like a sheltered college freshman being dragged to his first frat parties. 'The beer is ... free? My parents wouldn't like this. Maybe I'll try one sip.' Five minutes later, he's doing keg stands."
a:Zach-Lowe★★  p:ESPN★★  d:2017.12.01  w:2500  NBA  from instapaper
14 days ago by bankbryan
Lawsplainer: How Federal Grand Juries Work, Part One
What's your question?
Well, it's kind of a dumb question.
Believe me when I say I have thoroughly prepared myself for that eventuality.
a:Ken-White★★  p:Popehat★★  d:2017.08.07  w:2500  law  from twitter
28 days ago by bankbryan
How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You've Ever Met
"When Steinfeld wrote 'a friend or someone you might know', he meant anyone—any person who might at some point have labeled your phone number or email or address in their own contacts. A one-night stand from 2008, a person you got a couch from on Craiglist in 2010, a landlord from 2013: If they ever put you in their phone, or you put them in yours, Facebook could log the connection if either party were to upload their contacts. That accumulation of contact data from hundreds of people means that Facebook probably knows every address you’ve ever lived at, every email address you’ve ever used, every landline and cell phone number you’ve ever been associated with, all of your nicknames, any social network profiles associated with you, all your former instant message accounts, and anything else someone might have added about you to their phone book."
a:Kashmir-Hill  p:Gizmodo★  d:2017.11.07  w:2500  Facebook  privacy  mobile  from twitter
4 weeks ago by bankbryan
Do The Celtics Have Enough Star Power To Win a Title? Not Yet.
"All you need is an Alpha, a Beta and a Gamma and — presto! — you win an NBA championship? Actually, your options are more flexible than that. A team with an Alpha and a Beta — say, this year’s Houston Rockets — could probably skip the Gamma if they had a deep rotation. A team with no Alphas but three Betas — say, Jimmy Butler, Antetokounmpo and Kyle Lowry — would more than likely be good enough to contend for a title. A team with a very strong Alpha could go without a Beta and make up for it with two or more Gammas instead — that’s sort of how the current Cavaliers are constructed."
a:Nate-Silver★★  p:FiveThirtyEight★★  d:2017.07.07  w:2500  NBA  statistical-analysis  Cavs  from instapaper
7 weeks ago by bankbryan
Nylon Calculus: In search of the ideal talent distribution for an NBA roster
"The most evenly-distributed teams had smaller-than-expected championship returns relative to model predictions based on team VORP in the regular season. Aside from the Solo Acts group, the least evenly-distributed teams were the most likely to exceed the model’s predictions, producing more championships than expected from regular-season VORP. More formally, including the standard deviation of individual VORP scores across the roster as an additional predictor of title odds in the model indicated a statistically significant positive relationship between roster imbalance and title odds. In other words, for a given level of overall team quality, an unbalanced roster was more likely to produce a championship than a balanced one. Intuitively, this finding makes sense. In the playoffs, benches tend to get 'shorter' as fewer players are given an opportunity to play in the most-important moments of the season. Thus, sacrificing depth in favor of star power seems like a logical strategy for championship success. Still, there was obviously an upper limit to this type of beneficial imbalance, with no more than a 50:50 split between an alpha dog and his pack yielding a title."
a:Todd-Whitehead  p:Fansided/Nylon-Calculus  d:2017.07.18  w:2500  statistical-analysis  NBA  from instapaper
7 weeks ago by bankbryan
The Rules of the Gun Control Debate
"There are subtle, sophisticated, and nuanced approaches to the gun problem that balance the rights of gun owners against the imperatives of gun safety. They may well even make some difference at the margin. But they are unlikely to make any significant difference. Americans debate these approaches not because they are likely to be effective, but because the methods that will work—that have worked in every other advanced society—are here politically taboo."
a:David-Frum  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2017.10.06  w:2500  guns  from twitter
9 weeks ago by bankbryan
How Moscow's Spies Keep Duping America—Over and Over Again
"The Bush administration came in with fresh eyes, and the same slightly egotistical presumption that they could do it better than the last guy. Bush officials saw an opportunity when Putin was among the first to reach out after the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington to offer help against the Taliban who were hosting al-Qaeda. 'In a very American way, a lot of people who did not deal with the Russians day-to-day just assumed they would be natural allies,' said former CIA officer Sipher of the days just after the attacks. 'Those of us who had been working on Russia for years and years had become pretty jaded because the Russians are sort of a police state… writ large."
a:Kimberly-Dozier  p:The-Daily-Beast★  d:2017.06.25  w:2500  intelligence-gathering  Russia  trust  9/11  from instapaper
9 weeks ago by bankbryan
Who Will Win This Year’s NBA Hipster Team Championship Belt?
"The Golden State Warriors tilted the balance of relevance dramatically toward the Western Conference and toward veterans. All roads lead to the Bay, and time is on their side. Stephen Curry will turn 30 this season; Kevin Durant just turned 29; Draymond Green and Klay Thompson are 27. Barring injury, catastrophic mismanagement, or some unforeseen combination of both, the Dubs could be the favorites to win the title for the next three to five years. For star-level players age 27 or above, that means your best shot at winning a championship might come from teaming up. Thus we have Chris Paul in Houston with James Harden; Paul George and Hoodie Melo in Oklahoma City with Russell Westbrook; half the Banana Boat in Cleveland; and Gordon Hayward alongside flat-earth-shitposter Kyrie Irving in Boston with Al Horford."
a:Jason-Concepcion★★★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.10.03  w:2500  list  NBA  hipsters  from instapaper
10 weeks ago by bankbryan
Three Ways to Address the NBA’s Pacers Problem
"Unfortunately, Indiana general manager Kevin Pritchard, who filled Bird’s position as the team’s chief decision-maker in April, has taken his new job a little too seriously. Trading George for Oladipo and Sabonis was a brilliant tanking move. But instead of signing any bum off the street with a jump shot to round out the roster, Pritchard brought in Darren Collison, Cory Joseph, and Bojan Bogdanovic, all of whom should help the Pacers win a handful of games this season that they otherwise wouldn’t have. In other words, although the Pacers are blowing an obvious chance to acquire the potential superstar they’ve never had, the good news is that the team’s streak of consecutive 30-win seasons might stay alive! LET’S GO PACERS!!!"
a:Mark-Titus  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.09.20  w:2500  basketball  from instapaper
12 weeks ago by bankbryan
Interview: Apple’s Craig Federighi answers some burning questions about Face ID
"Apple’s Face ID processes mirror very closely those they developed for Touch ID. And, even though there are caveats, those have largely stood up to probing from security researchers and nation states alike. It’s important to ask the questions and listen carefully to the answers. But so far, the answers seem fairly plain."
a:Matthew-Panzarino  p:TechCrunch  d:2017.09.15  w:2500  iPhone  Face-ID  Touch-ID  security  privacy  from instapaper
12 weeks ago by bankbryan
The Summer of Halo Top
"A fair criticism of Halo Top would be to ask, would you rather have a few bites of full-steam ice cream or an entire pint of something lighter? Most of us would like to assume the former, perhaps fancying ourselves dessert connoisseurs who appreciate quality over quantity. Any familiarity with human nature (and Halo Top’s sales numbers), however, doesn’t bear that thinking out. Yes, it is not quite ice cream. In fact, it exists in that uncanny valley between real and imitation, so close to the genuine product that it almost stands out more by comparison. But for many of us, the thrill of digging through an entire pint of chocolate ice cream with no residual guilt is worth the slight compromise that Halo Top offers."
a:Garrett-Snyder  p:Taste  d:2017.07.05  w:2500  food  nutrition  from instapaper
september 2017 by bankbryan
Ask the Maester: How Many Night Kings Have There Been?
"There is no evidence anywhere that Faceless Men can steal faces from a living subject. The 'non-dead face swap' is not a thing. That doesn’t mean that the show won’t make it a thing. The scene in which Littlefinger tries to convince Sansa to use Brienne against Arya is strange. There’s none of the usual Littlefinger reaction shots, and he doesn’t say anything particularly insightful or, interestingly, anything that Arya wouldn’t know. It’s almost as if the show is trying to set up the suspicion that Arya is posing as Littlefinger in an attempt to get her to admit to betraying—or wanting to betray—Jon. And when Sansa (foolishly!) sends Brienne south, under this reading of the scene that would mean she 'passed' Arya’s test, thus allowing the sisters to team up and take down Littlefinger. Again, there is no indication that 'non-dead face swapping' is possible. But, man, weird scene."
a:Jason-Concepcion★★★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.08.22  w:2500  Game-of-Thrones  from instapaper
august 2017 by bankbryan
A Witness to Other People’s Lives, Not Living My Own
"We spent the first few months of marriage in a small, stark town near the hotel where we worked. We rented an all-white one-bedroom apartment covered in indoor/outdoor gray carpet and furnished with leftover hotel furniture—brass and felted teal banquet chairs, a multicolored houndstooth-print sofa, bedside tables with the lamps attached. It was the setting a location scout would choose if the goal was to show characters slowly drifting into insanity."
a:Jennifer-Romolini  p:Longreads★★  d:2017.06.06  w:2500  restaurants  from iphone
august 2017 by bankbryan
Who Has Made the Biggest Mistake on This Season of ‘Game of Thrones’?
"Thrones keeps unrealistically kicking that can down the road, likely to preserve the dramatic fulfillment of the valonqar prophecy for Season 8. This choice has rendered Jaime both massively frustrating and slightly incoherent; if watching his twin kill hundreds of people with wildfire, thereby doing exactly what he once murdered his own king to prevent, didn't turn him against her, what will? I generally don’t like to be reminded of the real world when I’m watching my dragon show, but the King's Landing scenes this season have become essentially a more incesty version of the 'what's it gonna take for the GOP to jump ship' game we're playing with the news every day."
a:Mallory-Rubin★★  a:Kate-Knibbs  a:Alyssa-Bereznak  a:Claire-McNear  a:Megan-Schuster  a:Shaker-Samman  a:Alison-Herman  a:Danny-Heifetz  a:Ben-Lindbergh★  a:Michael-Baumann  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.08.18  w:2500  Game-of-Thrones  Donald-Trump  Republicans  from instapaper
august 2017 by bankbryan
Ask the Maester: Does It Matter If Jon Snow Is a Targaryen?
"An amazing—or bad, depending on your mood and perspective—aspect of 'Eastwatch' was that it gave us several huge reveals as C- and D-plot. There was Gilly discovering Rhaegar’s annulment and concurrent nuptials to, we presume, Lyanna Stark in Dorne. This was a world-shaking bombshell teased out like a plot from a Friends episode (the mystery of Jon’s parentage enduring because … Gilly mispronounces 'Rhaegar'; Sam, i.e., the Person Who Cured Greyscale Because He Pays Attention, hand-waving the reveal)."
a:Jason-Concepcion★★★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.08.15  w:2500  Game-of-Thrones  from instapaper
august 2017 by bankbryan
A Year of Google Maps & Apple Maps
"Now we see what was really happening last Summer: by bleaching and flattening the map, Google was clearing it for all the things it would add later. And last Summer’s redesign was just the first in a series of steps. It makes you wonder what else Google is planning."
a:Justin-O'Beirne★★  p:Justin-O'Beirne★★  d:2017  w:2500  analysis  maps  Google-Maps  Apple-Maps  roads  geography 
august 2017 by bankbryan
How Bostonians Defeated the Olympics
"We should never be planning our cities around three-week events, or planning our cities around visitors. We should be planning our cities in a way that will work for decades, and will benefit the residents of the city."
a:Shannon-Sims  a:Christopher-Dempsey  p:The-Atlantic/CityLab★★  d:2017.06.05  w:2500  interview  sports  cities  Boston  from instapaper
august 2017 by bankbryan
The Worldwide Leader and the Cap Jump
"The Warriors are perhaps the most extreme version of this dynamic you could find, but they still illustrate the general point that salary cap management can often be the difference between being good and being great. This may seem straightforward, but executing on it is not — fiscal responsibility requires enormous discipline. There are many factors that push an NBA front office to overspend: a lack of patience, overconfidence in their own talent evaluation, loss aversion regarding their own players, and the winner’s curse, to name a few. Because of that, one of the hallmarks of the best front offices is an ability to effectively manage their cap situation, even (and especially) when it requires tough decisions."
a:Ben-Falk★  p:Cleaning-the-Glass★  d:2017.05.03  w:2500  basketball  television  from instapaper
august 2017 by bankbryan
Ask the Maester: What Is Cersei’s Plan Now?
"Eric asks, 'I'm trying not to be annoyed at the show for retconning mature dragon scales to not be invulnerable. Or is it because it was his underside?' I am also annoyed! When the dragon Meraxes was downed during the First Dornish War, it was because the scorpion bolt the defenders of Hellholt fired at him took the beast in the eye. Big Crossbow is dumb, guys! In a world built on thousands of years of meticulously crafted shared history, it makes very little sense that Qyburn (*Qyburn*?!) would be the first dude *ever* to be like, 'What if a crossbow, but bigger?'"
a:Jason-Concepcion★★★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.08.08  w:2500  Game-of-Thrones  from twitter
august 2017 by bankbryan

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