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Random things that have delighted me in the NBA. aka: popliar





emrgency:

IT’S REAL! come join kim and i for our BASKETBALL PARTY podcast, two adult women talking about the NBA and everything that has anything to do with it. special shoutouts to dark-haired eminem, the spurs’ camo jerseys and trying to get sponsored by bud light.

emrgency:

IT’S REAL! come join kim and i for our BASKETBALL PARTY podcast, two adult women talking about the NBA and everything that has anything to do with it. special shoutouts to dark-haired eminem, the spurs’ camo jerseys and trying to get sponsored by bud light.






Putting Point Guards In A Box by Seth Partnow

The goal is to create a personality test for styles of point guard play.
This personality test is not intended as any sort of ranking. Rather the categories are purely descriptive of style of play, on offense only.  […] No one style of point guard play is necessarily “best.” So far as can be made out from one season’s worth of data, it’s possible to be an effective player in virtually any combination of theses traits. A player’s level of achievement is a combination of style and ability — there are some point guards who are very effective when they penetrate towards the basket, but don’t do it especially often. Others are mediocre scorers who still shoot too much. This analysis does not attempt to measure or capture the fit between skill and style. It’s a measure only of what a player is trying to do, not how well it is done.

Very, very awesome look at point guard stats along 4 axes. Must read if you love stats and graphs and charts.

Putting Point Guards In A Box by Seth Partnow

The goal is to create a personality test for styles of point guard play.

This personality test is not intended as any sort of ranking. Rather the categories are purely descriptive of style of play, on offense only.  […] No one style of point guard play is necessarily “best.” So far as can be made out from one season’s worth of data, it’s possible to be an effective player in virtually any combination of theses traits. A player’s level of achievement is a combination of style and ability — there are some point guards who are very effective when they penetrate towards the basket, but don’t do it especially often. Others are mediocre scorers who still shoot too much. This analysis does not attempt to measure or capture the fit between skill and style. It’s a measure only of what a player is trying to do, not how well it is done.

Very, very awesome look at point guard stats along 4 axes. Must read if you love stats and graphs and charts.



The Boss: Blake Griffin

When I knew the Clippers were drafting me, the first thing I did was type Donald Sterling’s name into Google. The first hit that came up was “Donald Sterling is a racist.” I read an article on how he didn’t want minorities to live in his apartment buildings. My first thought was, Wow this guy is really, really a racist … how is he an owner of an NBA team?
My second thought was, Wow, these articles are from 2003 and 2008. I guess everybody already knows about this stuff and just doesn’t care.
As players, we’re not supposed to really care about anything but basketball. We’re just supposed to perform. To be honest, I didn’t ever really think about bringing up Sterling’s past. What was I supposed to do? Just picture me at the press conference my rookie year. “Uh … hey, guys, before we talk about today’s game, did you happen to see that investigative report on my owner?”

The Boss: Blake Griffin

When I knew the Clippers were drafting me, the first thing I did was type Donald Sterling’s name into Google. The first hit that came up was “Donald Sterling is a racist.” I read an article on how he didn’t want minorities to live in his apartment buildings. My first thought was, Wow this guy is really, really a racist … how is he an owner of an NBA team?

My second thought was, Wow, these articles are from 2003 and 2008. I guess everybody already knows about this stuff and just doesn’t care.

As players, we’re not supposed to really care about anything but basketball. We’re just supposed to perform. To be honest, I didn’t ever really think about bringing up Sterling’s past. What was I supposed to do? Just picture me at the press conference my rookie year. “Uh … hey, guys, before we talk about today’s game, did you happen to see that investigative report on my owner?”


Express Yourself: NBA’s Mike Scott Explains His Sweet Emoji Tattoos

Do you get many comments on the court from other players?
Actually just the other day — Vince Carter. I have that lips emoji on my neck and he was asking me during the game if that was a specific lady’s lips or whose lips or what. I said ‘No, it’s no one’s lips. It’s just the emoji lips.’
Vince is getting pretty old though. Do you think he really got it?
[Laughs] I mean, I don’t think he understood they were emojis. Obviously I didn’t have time to sit there and explain the whole emoji thing in the middle of the game. I just told him, ‘Nah, nah, it’s no one’s lips, and kept going with the game.

Express Yourself: NBA’s Mike Scott Explains His Sweet Emoji Tattoos

Do you get many comments on the court from other players?

Actually just the other day — Vince Carter. I have that lips emoji on my neck and he was asking me during the game if that was a specific lady’s lips or whose lips or what. I said ‘No, it’s no one’s lips. It’s just the emoji lips.’

Vince is getting pretty old though. Do you think he really got it?

[Laughs] I mean, I don’t think he understood they were emojis. Obviously I didn’t have time to sit there and explain the whole emoji thing in the middle of the game. I just told him, ‘Nah, nah, it’s no one’s lips, and kept going with the game.



Noah’s Spark: How Joakim Noah went from being the teenage hot dog vendor at ABCD All America camp to being an NBA All-Star and the emotional leader of the Chicago Bulls

During summers, Green worked at Sonny Vaccaro’s famed ABCD camp in New Jersey. The event served as a showcase for the country’s top high school talent, and Noah, in his early teens, begged Green and Vaccaro for admission. But Green didn’t think Noah was ready. He worried that Noah might be embarrassed by the elite level of competition at the camp.
“I wasn’t pampered by the process,” Noah said. “A lot of these guys from a young age, especially when you’re a top player in your age group, you get a lot of people telling you how great you are. Everyone wants to be your friend. I never had that. I had to deal with that a little bit because of who my father was, but as a basketball player I didn’t have to deal with that.”
Instead of competing at ABCD, Noah mopped and dried the courts and worked the hot dog stand while LeBron James, Sebastian Telfair, and other prep standouts hustled up and down the floor.
“He was the cutest, most lovable, horrible basketball player I ever saw at that age,” Vaccaro said of Noah. “But he had this determination. He cleaned the floor. We called him the tennis guy.”

Noah’s Spark: How Joakim Noah went from being the teenage hot dog vendor at ABCD All America camp to being an NBA All-Star and the emotional leader of the Chicago Bulls

During summers, Green worked at Sonny Vaccaro’s famed ABCD camp in New Jersey. The event served as a showcase for the country’s top high school talent, and Noah, in his early teens, begged Green and Vaccaro for admission. But Green didn’t think Noah was ready. He worried that Noah might be embarrassed by the elite level of competition at the camp.

“I wasn’t pampered by the process,” Noah said. “A lot of these guys from a young age, especially when you’re a top player in your age group, you get a lot of people telling you how great you are. Everyone wants to be your friend. I never had that. I had to deal with that a little bit because of who my father was, but as a basketball player I didn’t have to deal with that.”

Instead of competing at ABCD, Noah mopped and dried the courts and worked the hot dog stand while LeBron James, Sebastian Telfair, and other prep standouts hustled up and down the floor.

“He was the cutest, most lovable, horrible basketball player I ever saw at that age,” Vaccaro said of Noah. “But he had this determination. He cleaned the floor. We called him the tennis guy.”


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