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 Post subject: Interesting Reads on other Sports
PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:20 pm 
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Just because I want to have a place to collect articles, like this detailed piece on NBA and college coach extraordinaire Larry Brown:

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/891 ... lege-hoops

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Here's what you probably know about Lawrence Harvey Brown. You know that he is regarded as one of the greatest basketball coaches of all time, with what the New York Times once called "one of the most impressive résumés of any player or coach." You know that he is a disciple of Carolina great Dean Smith, who coached Brown there in the early 1960s, and that Brown's mantra is The Right Way, which means that basketball isn't just about wins, it is about process. As Eric Snow, who played point guard for Brown on the Philadelphia 76ers and whom Brown brought to SMU as his director of player development, explains Brown's philosophy, "You always care about your teammates and you care about the game." You comport yourself with dignity both on the court and off. In effect, you follow what amounts to a Poetics of basketball on the basis that basketball isn't a game but rather a way of life.





Editorial note: I'm thinking that the whole Hoka Hey thing is the result of some of our guys wanting baseball to be done the "right way". There's just a difference between what 20 and 30 somethings view as the "right way" vis a vis what a 72 year-old disciple of Dean Smith views as the "right way".


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 Post subject: Re: Interesting Reads on other Sports
PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:27 pm 
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Regardless of where you stand on the use of sabremetrics (though the battle really has been won, hasn't it?), it's been interesting to watch other sports struggle to get to where Bill James was 30 years ago. I'm a soccer stathead, and the biggest struggle is trying to understand what teams are even looking for in the first place. Advanced stat keeping in soccer, and as depicted in the following re basketball, is team proprietary. But the use of 3D cameras by STATS, and in soccer PROZone provides the same service, is completely changing the way we look at those games as well.

http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-trian ... -available

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Fifteen of the league’s 30 teams have purchased a data-tracking camera system from STATS LLC that records every single movement on the court — the ball, the players, the referees, etc. — in three dimensions. The cameras can measure just about anything, and the teams that are using them best have moved far ahead in developing their own algorithms to measure whatever they wish — which team forces pick-and-rolls left most often, where corner 3s typically rebound when they miss, and how often a player accelerates from “jog” to “sprint” during a game.


In soccer, for instance, PROZone can track four different running speeds for each player, so we can learn when a player should stop jogging and start striding to maximize scoring chances. Really really neat stuff.

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Post-ups? Durant is 26-of-37 from the floor when he catches a pass within 12 feet of the rim, which is the current STATS definition of “post touch.” The Thunder average nearly 1.6 points per possession when this happens, a top-10 mark among camera players, and a stat that makes you think Durant should get more than the paltry 1.27 such touches he averages per game.

That’s the thing about Durant: Scroll through these categories one by one, and you'll say to yourself, “He should be doing this particular thing more often!” Then you realize you’ve said that for every category — drives, post-ups, elbow touches — and you just shake your head.


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 Post subject: Re: Interesting Reads on other Sports
PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:29 pm 
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Matt le Tissier, one of the cult heroes of English soccer, was scheduled to come out of retirement last weekend, at age 44.

At a time when English soccer was all effort and pretty much devoid of skill, le Tissier was the harbinger of a more graceful European game. And like all true club heroes, he spent his entire career at a mid-level professional club.

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/916 ... retirement

And this is the goal that the story celebrates:


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 Post subject: Re: Interesting Reads on other Sports
PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:18 pm 
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Not a read, but funny nevertheless...

http://clipnation.com/ultimate-golf-fail-compilation/?


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 Post subject: Re: Interesting Reads on other Sports
PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:18 pm 
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Not to get too political or anything and some find Wesley Morris' style very grating, but...

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/920 ... nal-sports

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 Post subject: Re: Interesting Reads on other Sports
PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:12 pm 
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val wrote:
Not a read, but funny nevertheless...


Hilarious :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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