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06/20/14

Nothin’ But Net … Worth by Sports Management Degree Hub
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Friday Press Clippings:
Nothin’ But Net … Worth
7 NBA Stars Who Get Business Done Off the Court!
By Sports Management Degree Hub

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"... It is no surprise that NBA players make a ton of money. What may surprise you is that a staggering 60% of NBA players go broke after they stop playing professional basketball.

The average number of years a person plays in the NBA is 4.8 years. The average salary an NBA player makes is $5.15 million a year. That means that the average NBA player makes a career salary of $24.7 million. ..."

"... Here is a chart of the minimum salaries for NBA Players according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement of 2011. Even if a person plays for 4.8 years at the league minimum he will make around $4 million. ......"

NBA Stars
Source: SportsManagementDegreeHub.com

"... Magic Johnson made it to our number two spot because of his wise investments. Today, most of Johnson’s net worth is tied up in Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE). MJE houses multiple businesses in a variety of industries such as real estate, restaurants, and media. MJE is valued at $1 billion giving Johnson a net worth of $500 million. ......"

"... Technically, the majority of Michael Jordan’s wealth did not come from investing money. However, his negotiations with Nike that gave him royalties of the Jordan Brand was a great move. He makes over $60 million a year from that deal alone. With the highest net worth of any professional basketball player in history, Jordan deserves to be on this list. ......"

"... James is the only active player on our list. What makes him so brilliant is the way he approaches deals. He is a brilliant negotiator. Not only does he get creative control over ad campaigns in which he appears but he also attempts to get stake in the companies with whom he does business. His net worth could grow over a billion dollars eventually. ......" Read more ...

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' Arden Hayes VS Justin Bieber '



' Arden Hayes VS Justin Bieber '

Do you like Justin Bieber? Maybe he's a good singer and dancer but, do you think he's a good student? Then look and listen to the little Arden Hayes. AMAZING!!!.

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05/23/14

"Stat Gurus" Forced to Consider Possibility That the "Hot Hand" Exists
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"Stat Gurus" Forced to Consider Possibility That the "Hot Hand" Exists
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"... "Stat gurus" puff out their chests and declare that their proprietary methods give them a significant edge over "old school" talent evaluators but research shows that tanking does not work precisely because of just how difficult it is for anyone--even a "stat guru" armed with reams of "advanced basketball statistics"--to predict/project future player performance.

Another cherished "stat guru" assumption is that the "hot hand"--also known as being in the "zone"--does not really exist.

Many people who have coached, played or even just watched basketball believe that they can recognize when a player gets "hot"--when he is in an unstoppable "zone"--but "stat gurus" dismiss such ideas. ......"

"... "Stat gurus" cheered when a 1985 study conducted by Thomas Gilovich, Robert Vallone and Amos Tversky indicated that what may look like a "hot hand" is really just a random occurrence.

One major problem with that study, though, is that it did not represent a meaningful sample size. The researchers focused on the shooting statistics of the Philadelphia 76ers because the 76ers were the only NBA team at that time which kept complete shot by shot data.

That is kind of like looking for your lost keys in one small area not because that is where you think that you lost them but because that is the only place where there is enough light to conduct your search. ..."


The data seems to show that successful shots are more likely to follow misses rather than hits. In this image from Jumbo Dumbo Thoughts presented by #eBAStatsGroup #BasketballStatistics Analysis .
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"... The amount of available statistical data has exploded in recent years and, after examining more than 70,000 NBA shots from the 2012-13 season, three Harvard researchers concluded that a player who has made his previous several shots is at least slightly more likely to make his next shot.

Does this study conclusively prove that the "hot hand" exists? Of course not.

The scientific method requires that hypotheses be repeatedly tested; Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity is perhaps the best known and most successful theory in scientific history but researchers to this day still test Einstein's hypotheses regarding space, time and gravity.

Any "stat guru" who asserts that he has created the definitive player rating system is not practicing science; he is peddling snake oil. ..."

"... When I criticize the flawed reasoning employed by many "stat gurus" and when I point out the inherent limitations of "advanced basketball statistics," some people misinterpret my analysis to mean that I harbor some reflexive biases against using the best possible statistical tools to better understand basketball.

My main point is that "advanced basketball statistics" should not be worshiped as some infallible bastion of truth; "stat gurus" should habitually create testable hypotheses and then see if the best, most comprehensive data that can be gathered supports or refutes those hypotheses.

If Player X supposedly has a "rating" of 33.8 and is supposedly exactly 2.5 rating points better than Player Y, what is the margin of error in that rating system? ..."

"... Ironically, as more data about basketball is collected and analyzed, it is becoming evident that assumptions made by allegedly objective "stat gurus" are not any more trustworthy than assumptions made by supposedly subjective and/or biased observers. ..." Read more ...

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London Fireworks - New Year Live !



... London Fireworks - New Year Live !

London Fireworks in full HD - New Year Live by BBC One

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02/21/14

"Advanced Basketball Statistics" Do not Tell the Complete Andrew Bynum Story
by David Friedman ~ in our Friday Press & Video Clippings

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"Advanced Basketball Statistics" Do not Tell the Complete Andrew Bynum Story
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"... It sounds patently absurd now (and it sounded absurd at the time), but not too long ago some "stat gurus" suggested that Andrew Bynum was more valuable to the L.A. Lakers than Kobe Bryant; these "stat gurus" crunched some numbers out of context and concluded that Bynum was more efficient and productive than Bryant, failing to understand that Bynum's efficiency was a product of the defensive attention drawn by Bryant ......"

"... Bynum was never as good as the "stat gurus" suggested--and much of what he accomplished in L.A. resulted not just from the attention that Bryant drew on the court but also the mentoring that Bryant provided: ..."

"... There is no stat for drawing double teams and there certainly is no stat for mentoring, so you cannot convince a "stat guru" that these concepts exist, much less that they actually matter--but, nevertheless, these concepts are important elements in the construction of winning teams.

The Lakers' record without Bryant this season speaks for itself but it is also worth noting what Bynum has been up to since the Lakers traded him to acquire Dwight Howard. ..."

"... Chris Grant, the recently fired Cleveland General Manager who brought Bynum to the Cavaliers, is reportedly a big believer in "advanced basketball statistics." There may not be a number to quantify Bryant's impact on the Lakers in general or on Bynum in particular but there is a number to quantify Grant's impact on the Cavaliers: a 20-33 record that places the Cavaliers 11th in the incredibly weak Eastern Conference. ..."

ESPN reports (January 2, 2014)that talks between the Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers for a deal to end Pau Gasol to the Cavs in a trade-and-waive salary clearance move for Andrew Bynum have hit a standstill. The deal is not dead but it is no longer progressing. The Cavs, who have until Jan. 7 to trade Bynum before his contract becomes guaranteed and loses its instant value in a trade, are now actively seeking other options. In this photograph by USATSI from CBS Sports presented by #eBAStatsGroup #BasketballStatistics Analysis .

Photograph: CBS Sports

"... While some "stat gurus" praised Bynum to the hilt and raved about Bryant's supporting cast during the 2009 and 2010 title runs, I called those squads "among the least talented and least deep champions of the past two decades."

Other than Bryant, the top nine players in the 2010 Lakers' rotation (based on total regular season minutes played) were Metta World Peace, Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, Derek Fisher, Andrew Bynum, Shannon Brown, Jordan Farmar, Josh Powell and Sasha Vujacic. ..."

"... "Advanced basketball statistics" can indicate that Bynum was productive while playing alongside Bryant--but they cannot explain why Bynum was productive, nor can they accurately predict how productive Bynum might be in a different role on a different team; only someone who watches basketball with understanding can make such evaluations.

If Bynum and the other 2010 Lakers were as good as so many people said that they were, it is reasonable to assume that at least one of those players would be doing better without Bryant than they did with him. ..."

"... In retrospect, it seems incredible that Bryant won two of his NBA titles with a career journeyman starting at point guard, with Lamar Odom as the team's third best player and with Pau Gasol as the team's second best player.

Most NBA championship teams are stacked with multiple All-Stars and/or future Hall of Famers--players who made their names before the championship run--but the only 2010 Laker besides Bryant who might make the Hall of Fame is Gasol, whose career was not on a Hall of Fame trajectory until he teamed up with Bryant. ..." Read more ...

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Friday Video Clippings:
The European River Cruise !



... The European River Cruise !

The European River Cruise !

... with spectacular scenery along the rivers Rhine, Moselle & Main.

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01/24/14

Placing Kevin Durant's Incredible Scoring Streak in Historical Perspective
by David Friedman ~ in our Friday Press & Video Clippings

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Placing Kevin Durant's Incredible Scoring Streak in Historical Perspective
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"... When a player does something great it is not only enjoyable to watch but his accomplishment also serves as a reminder of just how tremendous some of his predecessors were. One of my favorite sportswriting passages is William Goldman's take on Wilt Chamberlain's incredible records ......"

"... During Michael Jordan's amazing '86-'87, Wilt was always in the papers because Jordan was always scoring the most this's since Wilt Chamberlain or taking the most that's since Wilt Chamberlain.

And that ain't gonna change, folks. Not in this century. Take big-scoring games, for example. Michael Jordan hit 60 points, twice last year. ..."

"... Kevin Durant is averaging 37.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg and 5.9 apg in 11 January games while shooting .522 from the field, including .392 from three point range.

He is also shooting .884 from the free throw line while attempting 12.5 free throws per game.
Durant may very well seize the title of "best player in the NBA" from LeBron James, who has worn that crown since 2009--and yet Durant's amazing scoring streak does not yet quite measure up to Bryant's best scoring streaks, let alone the unparalleled numbers posted by Chamberlain. ..."

Kevin Durant is averaging 37.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg and 5.9 apg in 11 January games while shooting .522 from the field, including .392 from three point range. He is also shooting .884 from the free throw line while attempting 12.5 free throws per game. Durant may very well seize the title of

Photograph: ASN

"... Bryant averaged 43.4 ppg in 13 games in January 2006, the highest scoring calendar month by an NBA player since Chamberlain averaged 45.8 ppg in March 1963.

Bryant's total included an 81 point outburst versus the Toronto Raptors, the second best single game scoring performance in NBA history behind only Chamberlain's legendary 100 point game. ..."

"... in comparison, Durant's current run features eight straight games with at least 30 points but "only" four games of at least 40 points.

Subsequently, Bryant averaged more than 40 ppg in two other calendar months: 41.6 ppg in April 2006 and 40.4 ppg in March 2007.

Chamberlain, who authored 11 calendar months during which he averaged at least 40 ppg, is the only player other than Bryant to accomplish this more than once. ..."

"... Durant is performing extremely well and he deserves full credit for shouldering such a huge load for the Oklahoma City Thunder while Russell Westbrook is out with an injury but the fact that Durant can perform at a higher level than LeBron James--at least for a short period of time--and still not quite match the scoring exploits of Chamberlain and Bryant is a timely reminder of just how great Chamberlain and Bryant were in their respective primes. ..." Read more ...

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Friday Video Clippings:
The Japanese xylophone !



... a xylophone made from wood !

The Japanese xylophone !

Creative Japanese have built in full
jungle a xylophone made from wood with a ball tilting by gravity and playing
"Jesus, bleibet meine Freude" BWV 147 from Johan Sebastian Bach.

This iPhone commercial for TOUCHWOOD SH-08C won an international Prize at the Cannes Film Festival

A remarkable feat when you know that the length of each leaf of
wood, made ​​in the form of V to keep the ball must be calculated for
exact note and calculate the decay time for the duration of the note !

Enjoy!


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11/22/13

Charley Rosen Explains Why Statistics Can be Very Misleading
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Charley Rosen Explains Why Statistics Can be Very Misleading
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"... Yet even as Sabermetrics has become the latest craze in the NBA (as per the recent hiring of the stat-crunching John Hollinger by Memphis) there are many fallacies in this way of evaluating basketball players.

The primary one being that most statistics tally what happens when a player either has the ball in his possession or is in close proximity to the ball. Since there are 10 players on the court, 80-90 percent of the game is ignored. ..."

"... Points scored is another misleading number. Points racked up by players on bad teams are relatively meaningless. It’s when a player scores that really counts, plus the circumstances. Amassing stats on how many fourth quarter points somebody scores, or how many times he scores in the last two minutes of a close game, etc. are also limited evaluations.

Did a player score because a defender missed an assigned rotation? Or the player grabbed a teammate’s airball and wound up with an uncontested layup? Or was it a breakaway dunker created by a teammate’s steal, offensive rebound, and or perfect outlet pass? ..."

"... Let’s examine minutes and games played. In NBA.com, minutes are given in whole numbers. This means a guy who plays one second and one who plays eighty-nine seconds are both credited with one game and one minute played.

This eighty-eight second difference could conceivably include at least four possessions, and could therefore be the difference between a totally insignificant appearance and a critical one. ..."

Dwight Howard And Chris Paul? There can only be one ! But Rosen's point about assists is particularly relevant and also easy to verify; Chris Paul is indisputably a great passer but I have repeatedly documented that his assist totals are inflated. In this photograph by KBXX from The Box Houston presented by eBA Stats Basketball Statistics Analysis .

Photograph: The Box Houston

"... To truly judge the effectiveness of any given player, disregard the numbers and disregard the ball. Instead watch what he does when he doesn’t have possession or isn’t even in the neighborhood of the ball.

Does he set weakside picks? Make cuts that open up space for a teammate? Make the pass that leads to an assist pass? Box out? Make appropriate defensive rotations? Get back on defense? And so on ..."

"... Rosen's point about assists is particularly relevant and also easy to verify; Chris Paul is indisputably a great passer but I have repeatedly documented that his assist totals are inflated.

I don't know if the NBA has unofficially broadened the definition of an assist to the extent that the statistic is rendered almost meaningless or if certain scorekeepers favor home players and/or star players but it should be obvious that if the raw box score statistics are not trustworthy then the so-called "advanced basketball statistics" must be taken with a heavy grain of salt. ..."

"... Many "stat gurus" are all too willing to ignore the problematic nature of box score statistics while at the same time insisting that their proprietary "advanced" numbers are infallible but Dean Oliver is one researcher who consistently communicates in a very measured tone about the limitations of "advanced basketball statistics."

Oliver's recent ESPN.com article is a welcome departure from the haughty tone and wildly outrageous claims that far too often characterize the writing produced by proponents of "advanced basketball statistics."

Oliver has high hopes for the future of "advanced basketball statistics" but he also candidly admits, "The problem with player value metrics is that there is little to validate them, meaning that no metric has established itself as clearly the best. Metrics couldn't even be fairly compared. As each new metric has been developed, it has served mostly to complement traditional scouting, a way to reality check when subjective opinions formed by watching and hearing about players were going too far astray." ..." Read more ...

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Friday Video Clippings:
Zack Hemsey: Our Story In 2 Minutes !



Zack Hemsey: Our Story In 2 Minutes !

Our Story In 2 Minutes by Zack Hemsey

"... My final project I made for my video productions class "Cutaway Productions" (Search them for their channel) at my high school. I don't own the rights to the song or the pictures and I am not trying to claim them, I just did this video for fun and i spent many a hour on it.

I used Final Cut Pro to make this.

Enjoy! ..."

Song: Mind Heist (yes it is from Inception)
by: Zack Hemsey


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10/18/13

Friday Press Clippings:
An "Advanced Basketball Statistic" That Makes Sense
By David Friedman

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"... It should be obvious that neither field goal percentage nor an "advanced basketball statistic" like true shooting percentage provide a complete description of a player's shooting ability and/or scoring prowess; a player who posts gaudy numbers in one or both of those categories may be a limited offensive contributor who can only score effectively in a very specific role (i.e., a big man who can only convert from point blank range or a slow-footed perimeter player who can only make spot up jumpers). ..."

"... A player's offensive efficiency can only be accurately determined by examining his ability to create shots for himself and his teammates, his ability to score from a variety of areas on the court and his ability to draw double teams that can break down the opposing defense. Such evaluations can only be made by an informed observer who watches the sport with an objective eye. ..."

"... A player who shoots .600 from the field but cannot make a shot outside of the paint and is easily defended one on one is not nearly as valuable as a player who shoots .450 from the field but can score from anywhere on the court and must be double-teamed.

Is there a way to reasonably compare two players who have such divergent skill sets? Kirk Goldsberry's solution to this problem is a new statistic that he and fellow Michigan State professor Ashton Shortridge devised: ShotScore ranks every NBA player's shooting prowess based on the relative difficulty of each shot that he took; Goldsberry and Shortridge determined the average NBA field goal percentage from every spot on the floor, compared the average percentages to each player's percentages from those spots on the floor and then expressed the results in terms of actual points scored versus expected points. ..."

LebrLeBron James: a show also out of bounds... It is common to see LeBron James riding his particular performance before, during and after games. The Miami star has led the

Photograph: 20 Minutos

"... There is little doubt that ShotScore is a more precise measurement of a player's shooting efficiency than scoring average and/or field goal percentage.

The usefulness of ShotScore and the measured tone of Goldsberry's writing are a welcome contribution to basketball theory--and a marked contrast to the way that far too many "stat gurus" make arrogant and bold declarations that are unsupported by facts/objective observations.

However, there are some potential drawbacks to ShotScore:
(1) it relies heavily on the completeness and accuracy of play by play data regarding shot locations and
(2) a person must have access to a tremendous amount of data in order to calculate a player's ShotScore. ..."

"... ShotScore could be very useful for general managers and coaches but it will be difficult for it to become a mainstream statistic unless/until the accuracy of the play by play data can be objectively proven and unless/until it becomes easier to compute each player's ShotScore; during a game, an informed observer can note the areas in which a player is effective and can instantly calculate his field goal percentage to get a "quick and dirty" estimate of his overall efficiency but there is no way that such an observer can instantly compute a ShotScore unless/until the NBA provides such data in real time (which could perhaps happen at some point). ..." Read more ...

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Friday Video Clippings:
Riccardo Muti: WE ARE SMALL BEFORE GOD !
El Arte de la Dirección Musical



Riccardo Muti: WE ARE SMALL BEFORE GOD !

The Master Lesson by Muti

This video which belongs to 'Musical America' was recorded during the award ceremony to the musician of the year of the publication 'Musical America' in December 2009. Neapolitan director Riccardo Muti makes a memorable speech about what it means to conduct an orchestra ... he means really direct... It has hilarious moments (apparently reaches a great comic gag) and ends with an exciting definitión about your job, a job he describes as "the world's most difficult profession.


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08/23/13

Ralph Wiley Describes the Young Kobe Bryant's Evolution
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Ralph Wiley Describes the Young Kobe Bryant's Evolution
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"... Ralph Wiley wrote brilliantly about many subjects but he had special insight regarding the nature of Kobe Bryant's genius--perhaps it takes a genius to fully appreciate the talent, work ethic and productivity of another genius.

In an October 2001 GQ article titled "From Here to Infinity," Wiley described a young Bryant who had already accomplished a lot but who had not yet reached the height of his considerable powers. ..."

"... But he is still basically alone. A man can't afford not to see things as they are. Alone. That's how we come here; that's how we leave.

In the meantime, we have to work with things as they are and with people as they come. A man, even a flying man, can't afford not to face the gravity of these facts. ..."

"... Wiley called Bryant "a loner, in that he knew no one like him, with his set of skills and interests...He had to learn to trust others in the NBA.

Only another ball genius could help him see what he had to do, convince him he'd have to do it, if he wanted to win, really win." ..."

Kobe Bryant is still basically alone. A man can't afford not to see things as they are. Alone. That's how we come here; that's how we leave. In the meantime, we have to work with things as they are and with people as they come.

Photograph by NIKE PRO

"... One of the most fascinating things about reading Wiley's 2001 article is that so many critics act like Bryant did not learn these lessons until very late in his career, if at all--but of course if that were true then Bryant would not have been able to play an integral role on the 2000-02 championship teams.

Wiley recognized that Bryant had not completed his growth process but that Bryant had made significant progress in a very short period of time despite the enormous pressure placed on him after jumping straight from high school to the NBA. ..."

"...Wiley did not live to see the Bryant who averaged 35.4 ppg, let alone the Bryant who carried the Lakers to back to back championships sans O'Neal--and yet Wiley did see that Bryant, at least in his mind's eye: in 2002 Wiley wrote about The Seven Voyages of Kobe and he envisioned Bryant carving out a very special place in history:" ..... ..."

"... By the year 2013, when he is 35, and has made unflinching, unregenerate, unapologetic and dedicated followers out of people who haven't yet been born, the people who will be driving the culture by then, Kobe will be of the Illuminati. ..." Read more ...

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Friday Video Clippings:
Incredible Way of Future Transportation Straddling



Incredible Way of Future Transportation Straddling

Imagine one day you driving on road, then one huge "moving tunnel" flying overhead, carring with hundreds of people, you may think it is dream, but it is true, soon this incredible Straddling Bus(3D Bus) will appear on streets, this bus step across two lanes with hollow lower part, so cars can pass through.

Compared with Metro, Straddling Bus has lower cost,shorter construction period and almost same passenger capacity,it's more economical way of future urban traffic. from this video, you will see how it works, you will be shocked by this innovative way of transportation.


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06/14/13

The Free Shot in Basketball: Successes in Every Minute of Game By Carlos J. López Gutiérrez y Manuel G. Jiménez-Torres in our Friday Press & Video Clippings

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The Free Shot in Basketball: Successes in Every Minute of Game
By Carlos J. López Gutiérrez y Manuel G. Jiménez-Torres

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Successes in Eevery Minute of Game '
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"... In the word of basketball, statistical study and analysis is increasingly more important. The most important basketball competition in Spain (ACB) establishes an ssessment ranking by grouping the statistical scores of individuals and teams carrying out detailed scouting studies that focus on the strengths and weakness of the opposition.

This is all part of the weekly training in preparation for games. In short, this onstitutes a tool that demonstrates how highly useful and important modern basketball is. ..."

"... Based on the above ideas, the fundamental aim of this study is to analyse the number of free throws in different time fractions throughout the game and the percentage of successful throws in accordance with the different characteristics and circumstances of the game. ..."

"... With regards to success percentages, a defined tendency was not observed in any of the observed time fractions. However, the success percentage increase in the extra time minutes is striking. ..."

"... We also wanted to compare the success percentages in two more extreme time fractions. Consequently, when comparing the average free throw success rate during the first five minutes of the game with the average rate during the last five minutes, no significant differences were found neither in home teams (79.50 compared to 79.20) nor away teams (78.30 compared to 78.67). ..."


The Free Shot in Basketball: Successes in Every Minute of Game By  Carlos J. López Gutiérrez y Manuel G. Jiménez-Torres

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"... The fact that no statistically significant differences were found when comparing
the free throw success percentage in different time fractions brings us to question the incidence of some recurring variables for explaining free throw fouls.

For example, we refer to the lack of warm-ups usually characteristics at the beginning of the game or rather the physical fatigue or higher incidence caused by the capacity to control stress when the free shot has direct incidence with the scorer and it game is coming to an end.

Probably, in other lower ACB categories significant differences can be found in the free throw success percentage depending on the game minute or the location of the scorer when
throwing. ..."

"... When the number of free throws in the last quarter is higher than previous quarters, and when there are no differences between the second and third quarters, we can deduce that it is related to the defence to save fouls at the beginning and then over time increase intensity.

This leads to situations of contact (plus fatigue, which causes later defensive actions and a tendency towards foul increase). Whatever the cause, the last quarter sees the most free throws and the worse percentages. ..."

"... We have not found any statistically significant differences when comparing free throw success percentages in different time fractions or when comparing the first and last five minutes of each game.

The above conclusion could bring us to question the incidence of some recurring variable that explain free throw fouls, such as the lack of warm-ups at the start or end of games, physical fatigue or the capacity to control stress when the free throw has a very direct incident on the scorer. ..."

"... In any case, it turned out to be striking that in the extra time period the free shot
success period increased. This could be down to the high level of player concentration and their capacity to control stress in the face of the importance of scoring in this period close to the end of the game. The player is also more fatigued during this period and is more anxious.

In any case, we have observed the need to adapt and personalise free throw training by working on aspects of visual and attention control and trying to control and manipulate cognitive anxiety. ..." Read more ...

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