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11/22/13

Charley Rosen Explains Why Statistics Can be Very Misleading
by David Friedman ~ in our Friday Press & Video Clippings

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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 .

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"... 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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To read today's 'Press Clippings' in Spanish, click this week above on the 'Español' tab or afterwards click here: “Estadística y baloncesto: ¿existe la "Navarrodependencia"? ” by Estadística por todas partes .



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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"... 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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' The Paperman ' by Walt Disney



' The Paperman ' by Walt Disney ( fullscreen recommended ! )

Another excellent and oscar nominated production by Walt Disney !, from the Mạnh Dương Hồng Channel !

An Oscar-Nominated Animation Short Film !


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05/17/13

About the Possessions in Basketball by Matias Barmat in our Friday Press & Video Clippings

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About the Possessions in Basketball
By Matias Barmat, Basketball Statistics Advanced Analyst

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"... There are many factors to analyze a possession, or rather, how to categorize a possession in basketball. ..."

"... In the case that it wasn't successful, we must see if the failed possession results in another possession for the same team.

There are statisticians who consider that a continuation of possession (for example, after a missed field goal that hits the rim and a member of the attacking team gets the offensive rebound) are in fact two consecutive possessions, the first of which did not materialize. ..."

"... We have other considerations: ..."

'Anatomy of a Possession' from the eBA Encyclopedia

"... 1) If the final possession occurs before the 8, 16 or 24 seconds (it means, to divide the possession in thirds. If NCAA, before 12, 24 or 35 seconds);

2) Whether it was the product of a static attack, a transition or a counter-attack. To be considered as a static attack, the ten players on the court must be all in the same half; ..."

"... 3) Where it ended. We can divide the field into sections, but if we dopn't have a shooting chart, it would be more appropriate to consider four categories:

- In the vicinity of the rim. This includes lay-ups, dunks, or any proximity field goal action inside the no-charge semicircle;

- Two-point shots: if the shot was from inside or outside the paint zone. If it was outside, broadly to the right or left of it viewed from the side of the attacking team (the bowl should be considered);

- Three-point shots, from five locations (in the corners, in the lane or in diagonal to it);

- Any fault action (with or without free throws). ..."

"... However, we must take into account the amount of possessions for each team in a game (it's not the same 16 field goals in the paint on 40 possessions rather than of 37). In that sense, the game pace has a fundamental
role. ..." Read more ...

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Friday Video Clippings:
' Six Shooter ' by Martin McDonagh



' Six Shooter ' by Martin McDonagh ( fullscreen recommended ! )

A black and bloody Irish comedy about a sad train journey where an older man, whose wife has died that morning, encounters a strange and possibly psychotic young oddball.

Oscar Winning Short Film for 2004 !


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04/26/13

The Concept of Main Pass in Basketball by Matias Barmat in our Friday Press Clippings

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The Concept of Main Pass in Basketball
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"... In basketball, every last pass before a field goal made (or foul play plus at least one free throw made) is counted as an assist.

In the NBA and NCAA, in addition to the normal assist situation, every field goal attempt which subsequently results in an offensive rebound plus a field goal made, counts also as an assist, because under those two paradigms ...

... every last complete ball trajectory between two teammates uninterrupted by opposing players must be considered as such. ..."


John Stockton, most career assists with 15,806 (1984-2003), who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009, played four seasons at his hometown Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., before being drafted by the Utah Jazz with the 16th pick in 1984. He finished his career as the school's all-time leader in assists (554) and the sixth-leading scorer (1,340 points).
In his 19-year tenure with the Utah Jazz, which ended in 2003, Hall of Fame point guard John Stockton put up 5,000 more than the guys second on the list, Mark Jackson (10,323 over 17 years).
Photograph of Gonzaga/Collegiate Images

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"... For example. Team A loses by one with 2.5 seconds remaining and no timeouts available. Whereas the last play of Team B was a field goal made (which caused the advancement in the score), A is forced to restore from its own end line.

A5 sends a hail mary pass that crosses three quarter court (the game clock didn't run as it's the last minute of the period; the time begins to run when the inbounds pass receiver makes contact with the ball), A2 (being blocked by B1) in jump effort taps the ball (it means, slaps it with the palm of his hand) and A3 with almost no time to react catches it and shoots to the hoop. It's in, and Team A wins. ...... ..."

"... This is a typical case of a double assist, as in ice hockey, but there are also cases where the assist is not necessarily the last pass of the possession.

We should take the spectacularity of a pass into account if and only if it's the main thing in a play: therefore, we're willing to talk about the concept of main pass. ...... ..." Read more ...

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04/12/13

Wayback Machine: The 1982 Complete Handbook of Pro Basketball
by David Friedman ~ in our Friday Press & Video Clippings

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Wayback Machine, Part VIII: The 1982 Complete Handbook of Pro Basketball
By David Friedman

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"... The front cover photo of the 1982 Complete Handbook of Pro Basketball depicted the NBA's best early-1980's rivalry--not Larry Bird versus Magic Johnson (which peaked from 1984-87 when Johnson's L.A. Lakers won two out of three NBA Finals showdowns with Bird's Boston Celtics, capped by the Lakers' 1987 victory that prompted Bird to call Johnson "The best I've ever seen") but rather Julius Erving versus Larry Bird.

Erving's Philadelphia 76ers beat Bird's Celtics 4-1 in the 1980 Eastern Conference Finals and took a 3-1 lead in the 1981 Eastern Conference Finals before losing three straight games, capped by a 91-90 game seven defeat in the Boston Garden. The back cover photo showed Houston's Moses Malone authoritatively pulling down a one-handed rebound against the Celtics, who defeated Malone's Rockets 4-2 in the 1981 NBA Finals. ..."

"... Ryan painted a detailed portrait of the young Larry Bird, though Ryan's prose drifted a bit toward hagiography--most notably when he lauded Bird as "far better than average" on defense even though the Celtics routinely assigned Bird to check the least dangerous opposing frontcourt player regardless of position; Bird was a savvy team defender and an outstanding defensive rebounder but he was a below average one on one defender who rarely guarded top notch scorers.

Ryan asserted that in just his second season Bird had already proved "If he's not the finest all-around player in the game, then surely he must be the standard of comparison." ..."

"... Bird's CHPB profile began with these words: "Belongs in a higher league...Absolutely the best all-around player in the universe. Could carry the Celtics on a dynasty trip."

Despite that lofty praise, a good case could be made that--contrary to the way things were reported by many media outlets at the time--Bird never equaled or surpassed Magic Johnson: Johnson beat Bird head to head in the 1979 NCAA Championship Game, Johnson won Finals MVP honors as a rookie--guiding the Lakers to victory over a Philadelphia team that routed Bird's Celtics 4-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals--and Johnson ultimately topped Bird five to three in NBA championships, including the league's first back to back titles since Bill Russell retired.

Ironically, by the time that Johnson finally received his due vis a vis Bird a new star eclipsed both of them: Michael Jordan won the much heralded MJ versus MJ showdown in the 1991 Finals, bested Johnson's repeat accomplishment by leading the Bulls to a three-peat and then came out of retirement to win a second three-peat. ..."

The NBA's best early-1980's rivalry was not Larry Bird versus Magic Johnson but rather Julius Erving versus Larry Bird.

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"... Rookie Kevin McHale averaged 10.0 ppg and blocked 151 shots. His profile contained this colorful description of his physique: "Chicken-breasted and his waist seems to start above his often beer-filled stomach but can run the court with anyone."

Boston's Bird-Parish-Maxwell starting frontcourt had proved formidable, prompting this rhetorical question about McHale: "When will he ever start?" McHale won the Sixth Man Award in 1984 and 1985 before becoming a full-time starter in 1986 and an All-NBA First Team member in 1987. ..."

"... Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was often unappreciated during his career and he is arguably the most underrated great player of all-time; his name rarely if ever comes up in the ubiquitous greatest player of all-time conversations but he should be on the short list in any such discussion.

His profile contained this lament from the man who would become the sport's all-time scoring leader: "There's a certain 'otherness' about me that makes it hard for me.

I'm not a mainstream type of person." Julius Erving has often called Abdul-Jabbar the greatest player he played against and that is understandable considering that Abdul-Jabbar is the major reason that Erving's 76ers did not win the 1980 and 1982 NBA titles (Magic Johnson performed at an outstanding level in both series but Abdul-Jabbar presented an unsolvable matchup problem for the 76ers until they acquired Moses Malone). ..."

"... It is interesting to note that Erving "wore down" during the 1981 playoffs guarding the younger and bigger Bird while the Celtics usually assigned Maxwell or McHale to check Erving so that Bird could defend Caldwell Jones or whichever Philadelphia player was the least likely to get the ball.

Magic Johnson was never as praised for his defense as Bird--who somehow made the All-Defensive Second Team twice--but one of the key adjustments of the 1982 Finals saw the Lakers switch Johnson on to Erving to keep Erving off of the offensive boards after Erving hurt the Lakers in that area earlier in the series.

Johnson, who was roughly the same size as Bird--two to three inches taller than Erving and at least 15 pounds heavier--could not stop Erving from scoring but he did limit Erving's offensive rebounding. ..."

"... James Harden is trying to navigate a Westphal-like path from the bench to perennial All-Star status; Harden made the All-Star team this season but it will be interesting to see if he can maintain his productivity and his health for the duration of his max level contract. ..." Read more ...

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' Validation ' Oscar nominated shortfilm by Kurt Kuenne



' Validation ' Oscar nominated shortfilm by Kurt Kuenne

Writer, Director and Composer: Kurt Kuenne

Awarded short film showing the importance of recognizing us as human beings from our greatness. A simple smile can change a life!

A video from the Lucio Andrés Pérez' Channel


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03/15/13

Remembering Warren Jabali, Originally Known as Warren Armstrong
by David Friedman ~ in our Friday Press & Video Clippings

Friday Press Clippings:
Remembering Warren Jabali, Originally Known as Warren Armstrong
By David Friedman

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By David Friedman
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by David Friedman

"... Jabali passed away on July 13, 2012 at the age of 65; as far as I know, ESPN, NBA.com, TNT and other major media outlets that cover pro basketball offered no tribute to Jabali, nor did media outlets in the Bay Area--where Jabali was the best player on a championship team--mention Jabali's death.

As soon as I saw Jabali's name and picture during the Legends Brunch telecast I knew that I had the responsibility to raise awareness about Jabali's life. ..."

"... The thing that probably stands out the most for me is the recognition and realization that I could play. That happened in the first training camp. (Coach) Alex Hannum already knew pretty much who he wanted to start. He would split Rick (Barry) and I up--I would be on one squad and Rick would be on the other squad. We would win our share of the scrimmages. ..."

"... That's so interesting because today--and for the past 10, 15, 20, 25 years--so many young people from a very early age are focused on the idea of becoming either a professional basketball player or just a professional athlete in general, to the exclusion of other goals or other thought processes.

You are someone who achieved that goal but you are saying that it's not something that you really set out to do far in advance of achieving it; it's something that just developed--you played in high school, which enabled you to play in college, then you played well in college and then that gave you an opportunity to go to a professional camp. You went to the camp and did well and the situation just kind of evolved.

It wasn't a situation where you sat down as a child or as a young person and said, 'I'm going to be a pro basketball player,' like so many people do today or try to do today. ..."

Warren Jabali averaged 17.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 5.3 apg during a seven season ABA career. He won the 1969 Rookie of the Year award and then he captured the 1969 Playoff MVP by producing 28.8 ppg and 12.9 rpg while leading the Oakland Oaks to the ABA title. Jabali earned the 1973 ABA All-Star MVP--while competing against a team that featured future Hall of Famers Billy Cunningham, Julius Erving, Artis Gilmore and Dan Issel--and he made the 1973 All-ABA First Team. Those statistics and honors are impressive but they only scratch the surface in terms of Jabali's playing abilities--and they provide no insight whatsoever about the qualities that made him a special person.

Warren Jabali (#12), Donnie Freeman, and Ralph Simpson during a game of Indiana Pacers at Denver Rockets

Warren Jabali averaged 17.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 5.3 apg during a seven season ABA career. He won the 1969 Rookie of the Year award and then he captured the 1969 Playoff MVP by producing 28.8 ppg and 12.9 rpg while leading the Oakland Oaks to the ABA title. Jabali earned the 1973 ABA All-Star MVP--while competing against a team that featured future Hall of Famers Billy Cunningham, Julius Erving, Artis Gilmore and Dan Issel--and he made the 1973 All-ABA First Team. Those statistics and honors are impressive but they only scratch the surface in terms of Jabali's playing abilities--and they provide no insight whatsoever about the qualities that made him a special person.

"... The only thing that I would add to the quote by way of explanation would simply be that no that I did not reach greatness. Again, the people that are great are the ones that I talked about--Oscar, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor.

It is possible that had I grown up in a different situation maybe I could have competed to the point that I would have penetrated the upper level of these rankings. ..."

"... Oscar Robertson is certainly the greatest player who ever played. They want to give that to Jordan, but Jordan really did not have to play against the same type of players. If somebody were to really study it--and I'm talking off the top of my head, so maybe statistically people can refute this--when Magic left, who were the great players? I think Karl Malone was the greatest player still circulating around when Jordan was doing all those things. Who was Jordan playing against? ..... ..."

"... There's no comparison. Chamberlain is head and shoulders above Shaquille O'Neal. Who I like to compare Shaquille O'Neal with is Darryl Dawkins. See what happens with Shaquille O'Neal is he is able to push people out of the way, step on them and dunk the ball. If Darryl Dawkins had been able to do what Shaquille O'Neal is able to do on the low post, Darryl Dawkins would have been unstoppable.

Not only could he dunk as hard and forcefully as Shaquille O'Neal can, he had a 15 foot jump shot to go with all of that. He probably fouled out more than anybody in the history of the NBA. They did not allow Darryl Dawkins to play basketball. They controlled his game so much that when he went out on the court it was like he was walking on egg shells. ..." Read more ...

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To read today's 'Press Clippings' in Spanish, click this week above on the 'Español' tab or afterwards click here: ' El acierto en el tiro libre en baloncesto: cómo influye el minuto de partido, el estado del marcador y ser equipo local o visitante ' by Manuel G. Jiménez-Torres and Carlos J. López Gutiérrez.



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' Adam and Dog ' Oscar nominated shortfilm by Minkyu Lee



' Adam and Dog ' Oscar nominated shortfilm by Minkyu Lee

Oscar-Nominated Short: Adam and Dog
A film by Minkyu Lee


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02/15/13

Friday Press Clippings:
The Basketball Statistics Non-Traditional Parameters
By Matias Barmat, Basketball Statistics Advanced Analyst

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"... There are some types of analysis. There are those based on cumulative valuation, linear weight measures, balance algorythms (also called algorythms plus/minus) and the pseudo-qualitative ones, also called influence-type algorythms or "wins"-type.

There's a much more natural way to properly assess the player's performance, that is the mere average comparison, in which we obtain different types of "ratios". ..."

"... Rebounds per block

An internal player could be considered a power forward or a center in terms of total rebounds per block shot.

In the 75% of the cases, those who average less than 5 rebounds per block will tend to be centers.

On the other hand, internals who average more than 8 rebounds per block will tend to be power-forwards in the 90% of the cases. ..."

Two-Time Champion Hakeem Olajuwon Is the NBA's All-Time Shot Blocker with 3,830, is Blocking here Michael Jordan...
Photograph: Sports List of the Day

"... Assists per steal

The assist-per-steal ratio measures the degree of defensivity. Whereas steals-per-game ratio points us if the player can defend well or not, a player with more than five assists per steal tends in a 75% of the cases to not respect the principle of defensive balance. In other words, that player tends to be lazy -to be reluctant- to come back to defend and take his mark when the opposite point guard tries to move with the ball across the half court. ...... ..."

"... Points per three-point shot made

A player with more than 10 points per three-point shot made doesn't use it as a main weapon, which does not mean he could be an excellent three-point shooter in quantity and percentage. The external players tend in a 95 percent of the cases to score more than 30 percent of their points beyond the three-point line, in other words, more than a three-pointer for every 10 points, or less than 10 pts per 3-pointer made. ...... ..." Read more ...

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01/18/13

The Basketball Non-visible Statistics by Matias Barmat in our Friday Press & Video Clippings

Friday Press Clippings:
The Basketball Non-visible Statistics
By Matias Barmat, Basketball Statistics Advanced Analyst

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by Matias Barmat

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"... When we check out basketball games, we can do it on a quantitative or on a qualitative basis. So we split any tangible aspect from intangibles.

The stats properly named, from every other factor non-computable with numbers but that also will be necessary to take into account later: the only way to analyze qualitatively is to sit down and watch the corresponding post-game video. There's no other choice. ..."

"... Points, field goals made, free throws made and attempted and committed personal fouls are considered 100%-visible input variables, on a basis the situations we assign them leaves no room for any speculation.

The points and the personal fouls necessarily are shown in the scoring board, and the only way to assign free throws attempted is when the player shoots them from the line.

Those are the so-called basic statistics, which years ago (before the turning point in each league) was all that was computed. ..."

To get to 10,000 assists, Steve Nash (right) of the Lakers has had to pass around, over, under and some times through defenders. Here, he gets the rock by Stephen Curry of the Warriors’

"... For example: the attacking player A shoots. There's a clear and unquestionable will of shooting (the player faces the basket off with the arms in shooting position), and the ball moves towards the basket above the shoulders line in a clear parabola, at least in its rising half.

Before the ball reaches its apex, a defensive player D in a jumping effort catches the ball with both hands. We discuss here if player A must be granted with a field goal attempt and a turnover, and if player D is granted with a rebound, also with a steal, an even with a block.

Those criteria vary depending on the parameters we apply, if there are NBA, FIBA or NCAA parameters...... ..."

"... Situations like this causes that the ratio of assists per steal be abnormally greater in the NBA rather than FIBA.

In general, an external FIBA player averages 2,5 assists per steal, and in theory, in the NBA the relation should be 3 to 1, because 48 min / 40 min = 1.2 ... and 2.5 x 1.2 = 3.

But no: in NBA there are historically averages in order to 4.5 assists per steal in the sum of the three perimetral positions, that scandalously increases to 6.5 to 7 to 1 only when we treat with point-guards. ..." Read more ...

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To read today's 'Press Clippings' in Spanish, click this week above on the 'Español' tab or afterwards click here: ' Las Estadisticas No Visibles en el Baloncesto ' by Matias Barmat.




Friday Video Clippings:
' I Met the Walrus ' by Jerry Levitan



' I Met the Walrus ' by Jerry Levitan ( fullscreen recommended ! )

'I Met The Walrus' is an animated short based on an interview conducted by Canadian Jerry Levitan anyone unless John Lennon himself in 1969, as a teenager of 14 when it ran down in a hotel in Toronto to learn that their idol Beatle was staying there, hence the name "I met the Walrus" as Lennon with the Beatles called himself "the Walrus".

With pen illustrations by James Braithwaite, and a computer ILLUSTRATIONS by Alex Kurina and produced by the same Levitan, this short has been presented at a number of festivals and has won several awards, where it included the nomination for best short Oscar for 2007 !


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