Summary of “How elite NBA athletes handle pressure”

His reaction with 53 ticks left on the Game 7 clock in the 2016 NBA Finals, seconds after Kyrie Irving’s surgical 3-point shot had fallen through the strings, was a primal, instinctive response to a lifetime spent swirling in a cauldron of competition and pressure: “I gotta go back at him.”
Earlier in Curry’s career when the game was tight and he was on the bench, former Warriors assistant coach Keith Smart noticed that Curry’s leg would quiver.
“I never felt pressure because it was ingrained in me how to make those shots.”
There is no data available regarding clutch shooting during West’s playing days, but he contends during the 1969-70 season, when Wilt Chamberlain was out with a serious knee injury, that he connected on 12 game winners for Los Angeles.
“The only way to relieve that pressure is to build your fundamentals, practice them over and over, so when game breaks down, you can handle anything that transpires.”
“People didn’t believe me when I told them I practiced harder than I played, but it was true. That’s where my comfort zone was created. By the time the game came, all I had to do was react to what my body was already accustomed to doing.”
Jordan has converted some of the most iconic shots in basketball history, including 25 game winners.
ELITE BASKETBALL PLAYERS aren’t immune to stress – they’ve just mastered how to channel it.

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Summary of “I Don’t Wanna Do My Video Game Chores”

I’m not alone in thinking so – Mark Brown of Game Maker’s Toolkit called it “Quite boring” and Mashable said it’s a “Monumental disappointment.” There are a glut of Reddit posts from people complaining about how slow the game feels, usually with a tone of extreme self-consciousness.
That’s because well-made games make their chores “Fun” by giving the players meaningful incentives to complete them.
The only reward is the ability to continue playing the game.
No, it’s a somber, narrative-driven game simulating a slower, extinct way of life.
The Last of Us, for example, tells an intense, harrowing story while still being an exciting action survival game.
You spend large portions of the game leashed to idiotic NPCs. There are lumbering character animations for even the smallest actions, like opening kitchen drawers while looting houses.
A Real World Game also prizes supposed verisimilitude at the expense of fun.
A large portion of the game is spent killing time, looking at your watch, playing arcade games, waiting around for stores to open.

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Summary of “Magnus Carlsen, world chess champion, plays online speed chess under pseudonyms and livestreams his matches.”

It was the final game of the 2018 World Chess Championship, and reigning champ Magnus Carlsen was about to piss off almost every commentator in the chess world.
“DrDrunkenstein” is one of many aliases Magnus Carlsen has played under during the past two years, when he went on a killing spree across the speed chess tournaments of the internet.
Viewers of his Twitch broadcast report he had lag issues, but one comment near the top of the stream suggested that Carlsen’s handle might have been a little too accurate this time: “I thought Carlsen was sandbagging these tournaments to make it interesting,” user Cinnamon Cookies said, “But after watching his stream he’s just really drunk.”
On the eve of his world championship defense, Carlsen appeared in the next tournament as “Manwithavan,” playing a large chunk of his games on a phone from a minivan, where the touch screen presented a massive handicap.
Only a month before Carlsen defended his world championship title, he notched another win as Drunkenstein-including a gorgeous queen sacrifice against a top ranked Russian grandmaster-and experienced a surge in confidence.
One of the sweetest benefits of watching these matches is enjoying Carlsen’s dry, self-deprecating sense of humor-something no chess prodigy has any right to have.
“So here I am, trying to grab some space, playing nonsense moves. You know, your usual world champion stuff.” Carlsen trapped his opponent’s queen a few minutes later.
Hearing Carlsen think out loud is a rare treat in the world of sports.

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Summary of “The Most Miserable-and Hilarious-Coaching Flameouts in NBA History”

I searched for the most humiliating coaching tenures in the history of the NBA. My findings: Philadelphia deserves a list of its own, and Sacramento and Phoenix will never learn.
Below are my 14 favorite short-lived coaching stories with miserable and often hilarious endings.
With 16 contests left, he turned to Magic, who had no coaching experience-not even as an assistant.
Roy Rubin, 1972-73 Sixers Record: 4-47 Nothing like the story of “Poor Roy Rubin” will ever happen again in the NBA. Rubin, who had no NBA coaching experience, found a listing for the Sixers’ head-coaching job in the classified section of The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Earl Watson, 2017-18 Suns Record: 33-85 Watson’s promotion to head coach was one of the most negligent actions in NBA history.
Jerry Tarkanian, 1992-93 Spurs Record: 9-11 Like Beilein, Tarkanian came to the NBA after many successful years coaching collegiately.
Don Nelson, 1995-96 Knicks Record: 34-25 Ways to keep your coaching job: Don’t suggest trading Patrick Ewing.
Quinn Buckner, 1993-94 Mavericks Record: 13-69 Buckner played in the NBA for 10 seasons from 1976 to 1986, but came to Dallas with no previous coaching experience when owner Donald Carter hired him.

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Summary of “I love mediocre sports teams”

Hundreds of games where nothing particularly interesting are played every year and the majority will never be memorable to anyone outside of diehard fans and people professionally obligated to pay attention.
A few months ago I attended a game at Barclays Center between the Brooklyn Nets and the Charlotte Hornets.
Going into the game, the Nets were 5-8 and the Hornets 6-8.
Only one player on the court – Brooklyn’s DeAndre Jordan, who played for 20 minutes – had ever made an All-Star game.
Absent the energizing aesthetics of a superstar player, any particular competitive stakes, or a locked-in crowd eager to cheer for either of these things, long stretches of it felt more like a messy scrimmage rather than a professional game.
I don’t mean to contort myself into some “So bad, it’s good” explanation for why I spent more than $0 to watch a game that objectively sucked.
I can still go to this game, because doing stuff in person is fun, and I can put the game on mute in the background at home while I read a book, and I can meet my friends in a bar to talk about our day while occasionally looking up to clap and cheer for whatever’s happening.
Thankfully, the Nets are doing much better since the game I went to.

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Summary of “The Invasion of the German Board Games”

Attendees of Austin’s South by Southwest festival play a large-format version of the German board game Settlers of Catan.
In a development that would have been hard to imagine a generation ago, when video games were poised to take over living rooms, board games are thriving.
Clever, low-overhead card games such as Cards Against Humanity, Secret Hitler, and Exploding Kittens have sold exceptionally well.
These games, compared to ones like Monopoly and Cards Against Humanity, represent a niche segment, but that segment is becoming something more than a niche: According to ICv2, a trade publication that covers board games, comic books, and other hobbyist products, sales of hobby board games in the U.S. and Canada increased from an estimated $75 million to $305 million between 2013 and 2016, the latest year for which data is available.
The rise of hobbyist games is legible in the career arc of one of the genre’s most famous present-day designers, Phil Eklund.
“One of the reasons I came to this country is because I knew it was the place where people take board games really seriously,” he told me.
Hobbyists around the world started paying serious attention to German-style board games following the creation of Settlers of Catan in 1995.
In North America, the complex board games created during the latter half of the 20th century typically took the form of simulated warfare.

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Summary of “The Weekend When Michael Jordan and the NBA Took Flight”

The eventual All-Star Game MVP took off from the free throw line in the slam dunk contest and effectively launched into the NBA firmament as “The star of stars,” confirming that the once-troubled league would ascend to untold heights over the next decade on the shoulders of such an exceptional talent.
While the 2020 All-Star Weekend will honor the lives of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, a comparatively modest tribute to a Hall of Famer gone far too soon kicked off All-Star Saturday in ’88.
While Jordan, then in his fourth NBA season, would have to take his lumps for a few more years before hoisting a championship trophy, All-Star Weekend in Chicago caught the league’s most dazzling arriviste in the middle of his breakout.
“In the ’80s, the champions ran the NBA. It was the Celtics, the Lakers, the Sixers, and soon the Pistons. The league up to that point had been all about Dr. J, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson. Jordan had been an All-Star, yes, but he hadn’t won anything.” At season’s end, Jordan would collect his first of five MVP awards and become the first-and so far only-player in NBA history to win both the scoring title and Defensive Player of the Year.
In All-Star Saturday’s highly anticipated main event, Jordan defended his dunk contest title against Wilkins, the sixth-year veteran and formidable ’85 champ, who lived up to his nickname, “The Human Highlight Film.” The all-time classic duel was not without controversy, as ‘Nique and others later alleged that Jordan benefited from homerism on the part of the judges, a panel that included Chicago-born retired NBA player Tom Hawkins and Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers.
“The final passing of the torch from one generation of the NBA to the next was Jordan replicating Dr. J’s dunk. The league had finally taken off.” -Isiah Thomas, NBA All-Star and former NBPA vice president Smith had seen Jordan practice the free throw line dunk and believed the profile would be the most dramatic angle.
So the NBA tapped Joe O’Neal, then a Bulls front-office peon turned All-Star Weekend gofer, to school him.
At the All-Star Game on Sunday, announcer Tommy Edwards introduced Jordan as “The charismatic star of the Chicago Bulls!” Jordan looked almost embarrassed as the Chicago Stadium crowd gave him a thundering standing ovation.

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Summary of “9 Books That Should Be Adapted as Video Games”

With the success of Netflix’s adaptation of The Witcher, viewers are scrambling to read Andrzej Sapkowski’s series of Witcher books and play CD Projekt Red’s series of Witcher games.
In an article on how “The Witcher proves games should adapt books more often,” Malindy Hetfeld points out many reasons literature can make for successful game adaptations-not least of which is that when adapting a book, “Developers get to create a visual identity” without firmly preconceived notions about characters’ appearances.
There are too many to list comprehensively, but here are 9 books I would like to play as games right now.
If you’re an indie game company looking for a Witcher-sized success, you could do worse than adapting one of these books.
A swordswoman bound to serve her necromancer childhood nemesis, Gideon is a character I want to play games as, write articles about, and be best friends with.
Bordertown has already spawned a text-based role-playing game, but no videogames-yet.
As a story-driven adventure game, players could explore the city as Apollo, examining their surroundings for leads, talking to other characters for information, using that information to solve puzzles, and determining where to travel.
Do you like technologically mystical books-within-books that give you life advice? Do you also love oligarchal Neo-Victorian societies and the possibility of having a gun embedded in your skull? Okay, maybe you don’t love those, but you have to admit they are all potentially solid components of a game.

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Summary of “How modern football became broken beyond repair”

These were the words spoken by a senior figure from the Premier League’s ‘big six’ clubs, in the kind of high-end London hotel you can easily imagine.
13 of Europe’s 54 leagues currently seeing their longest run of titles by a single club or longest period of domination.
The wage bill of the wealthiest top-division club was less than three times the bottom club, which meant there was a period when two of the best paid players in England – Michael Robinson and Steve Foster – both played for Brighton and Hove Albion.
What these rises in top points tallies really represent, going by the correlation between wage and league finishes, is that the wealthiest clubs are simply winning more games.
Looking at England’s wealthiest four clubs – which has varied since the start of the Premier League – over a fifth of their games are now won by three goals or more.
“The growth of the third source of income culminates in a fundamental change of model, which converts the football club business into a global entertainment business,” Soriano wrote.
“This is the point where the big football club ceases to resemble a local circus and becomes more of a Walt Disney.”
“We cannot allow the football eco-system to be destroyed in the interests of a small group of clubs. It is much more than money at stake here. We should all recall the social value of football, the role it plays in communities.”

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Summary of “Your Ability to Focus Has Probably Peaked: Here’s How to Stay Sharp”

In their book, The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World, Dr. Adam Gazzaley, a neuroscientist, and Dr. Larry Rosen, a psychologist, explain how our ability to pay attention works and what we can do to stay focused.
If either of these brain processes is impaired, we lose focus.
To improve our ability to pay attention, we need to both remove distraction as well as boost our capability to focus on one task at a time.
How to Boost Focus Gazzaley and Rosen say some activities may boost cognition and attention by stimulating the brain’s ability to strengthen and reorganize existing neural connections, a process called neuroplasticity.
The difference between the games that work and the ones that don’t gives us information into how the brain changes in response to its environment.
In the meantime, we can do our part to keep our attentional focus sharp by first reducing distractions to improve our suppression capabilities, and then beefing-up the brain’s enhancement functions through activities like exercise, meditation, outdoor time, and immersive video games.
To increase our ability to focus, researchers suggest both boosting our ability to concentrate as well as reducing distraction.
Some cognitive exercises and immersive action video games also seem to improve our ability to focus.

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