Summary of “The Rockets Are Fun to Watch or Proof That Science Is Ruining the NBA”

It works! The Rockets entered the playoffs with the best record in the NBA and the presumptive runaway MVP, and they represent the league’s best chance at derailing the Warriors’ dynasty in the weeks to come.
What isn’t quite as clear is a debate so hotly contested it’s bound to tear this country apart: Are the Rockets fun to watch? Does their manifestation of math and statistical probability create a visually appealing brand of basketball? I don’t mean to suggest that Houston should stop trying to win and make its primary focus entertaining idiots like me.
This is the best argument for the Rockets being fun to watch, and it’s also the reason NBA Jam was one of the greatest video games of all time.
NOT FUN: There’s flopping in the NBA, and there’s whatever the hell the Rockets do.
FUN: It works! The whole premise of this exercise is to ignore assessing whether Houston’s system is the best way to win an NBA championship and instead focus on determining whether the Rockets are fun to watch.
Utah’s Game 2 win felt like a massive deal; it wouldn’t have carried the same weight if the Rockets went 49-33 and not 65-17.
VERDICT: The Rockets are fun, but not as fun as they should be.
If the NBA reaches the point where every team follows the Rockets’ lead and essentially tries to find glitches that can be exploited, the league might as well just let computers simulate all of the games.

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Summary of “NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Has a Game Plan”

Beyond being one of the biggest providers of sports programming, it has expanded its lines of business into adjacent areas: the WNBA; the NBA G League, a developmental league; the NBA 2K League, an e-sports league based on the NBA’s video game NBA 2K; NBA League Pass, a popular video streaming service of live games; and a host of experiments with leading technology platforms including Facebook, YouTube, and Tencent.
The 2018 Los Angeles All-Star game was the 55th anniversary of the first All-Star game we played in Los Angeles in 1963.
S+B: What role do you think video games, in particular, play in the NBA’s fan ecosystem? How is their significance similar to or different from, say, what you said about social media?SILVER: We’ve always believed that, to an extent, young fans become engaged with the NBA through our video games, and by learning about the players and the teams, they’re more likely to want to engage in the live product.
We think there’s an opportunity to capture a new kind of fan, one who currently isn’t necessarily watching our games on television, but is more of a gamer, and is interested in NBA content and enjoys playing our NBA 2K game.
We saw an opportunity to create a league with our partner Take-Two around our NBA 2K game, using a new set of competitors who are professional gamers.
What if a mobile user gets an alert that a game is close, or that Steph Curry is going for 50 points, or that a game is going down to the wire? How do we then provide an opportunity for them with one click to buy some portion of the game that they can watch on their phone? Maybe we’ll be able to set the price based on the amount of content consumed rather than selling the entire game for a set price.
Tencent has been very focused on discovery: for example, on how it alerts users that there’s an interesting part of the game on, or that a player that users have already demonstrated an interest in is playing.
Bob Johnson, the founder of BET, when he was the owner of the Charlotte franchise, said watching an NBA game [on TV] is like watching one of the old silent movies.

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Summary of “Will Luka Doncic be the next star NBA player from Europe?”

They’ll call Doncic soft, comparing him to players who superficially resemble him, and they’ll bemoan the decision to choose him over a blue-chip NCAA prospect – even if, as Porzingis contends, “There’s no other college kid that’s able to put up those numbers in a EuroLeague game.” At the moment, Porzingis explains, there’s more hype around the Americans.
In street clothes, his build is surprisingly dense; if Doncic had been born in Birmingham, Alabama, instead of Ljubljana, Slovenia, he might’ve played football.
A few minutes later, Doncic sings a few unprintable lyrics from Migos’ “Bad and Boujee.” And when Julio sighs, Doncic smiles sweetly, gesturing toward me.
Two summers ago, Doncic spent two weeks in Santa Barbara, California, at P3, a sports science and workout facility that draws many NBA stars.
After his food arrives, I ask Doncic if he ever hears from NBA fans on social media.
“He’s been seen, studied, evaluated by everyone,” says Gherardini, who jokes, “I was aware of him since he was born!” Given his age, Doncic’s production is almost unprecedented; rotations in the EuroLeague run deeper than they do in the NBA, which makes it hard for young players to tally meaningful minutes.
According to ESPN’s Kevin Pelton, Doncic has the highest wins above replacement player projection of any European prospect since 2006, when data became available.
Based on Pelton’s calculations, which take into account age and how other European prospects’ statistics have translated to NBA production, Doncic’s WARP projection isn’t just higher than Ricky Rubio’s and Nikola Jokic’s – it’s also the highest projection on record, even besting that of a young Anthony Davis.

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Summary of “How March Madness Affected the Draft Stock of Three Top Prospects”

On the whole, Young played as well as could be expected given all he was asked to do for a team without much talent around him.
College teams do much more scouting and game-planning for conference games than nonconference ones, and Young is a unique player who is almost impossible to prepare for.
Young started off scoring 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting, as it took the Rams some time to understand just how little space they could give him.
If the Rams tried to give that player the ball, Oklahoma would immediately switch the action to keep Young far away from guarding the point of attack.
The threat of his 3-point shot opens up the rest of his game, and Young already knows how to take advantage.
What people don’t realize when they say Young is more Seth Curry than Steph Curry is that Seth is a good NBA player in his own right.
How much rope will an NBA team give Collin Sexton? Young wasn’t the only one-man band in college basketball.
NBA scouts question how Knox compares athletically to the elite players at his position at the next level, as well as his overall feel for the game.

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Summary of “NBA players know they’re addicted to their phones. Good luck getting them to unplug.”

This season, the Bucks – not the team, but the players – implemented a rule: Stay off your phone before games.
General phone use – and especially social media – is off limits.
The phone – as ubiquitous in an NBA workspace as X’s and O’s on the whiteboard – has the locker-room veteran breaking the rules.
NBA players are a special breed, blessed with skill and athleticism, yet they are not unlike most of us: They, too, are obsessed with checking their phones, thumbing through Twitter and liking photos on Instagram.
Memphis Grizzlies rookie Dillon Brooks says he has tried to break his college habit of checking his phone – curious to see the instant reactions after he hit a big shot or flopped theatrically for the Oregon Ducks – but once he got to the NBA and saw teammates glued to their devices, he followed suit.
He is equally likely to retweet a Zen message from Hindu guru Mata Amritanandamayi as he is to mock a lifestyle Twitter account for not including him among the best dressed players in the NBA. He carries two phones and will often pick up one immediately after participating in the team’s morning shoot-around.
“Just like almost every other person on the planet these days, they’re addicted. They’re probably more addicted to their phone and their social media,” Taylor says.
“They’re not on their phones when we’re in a pregame meeting, they’re not on their phones when we’re in meetings, they’re not on their phones when they’re out there playing. But every other time, as soon as I walk out of the postgame meeting. . .”

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Summary of “If You Had One Shot”

If you had to choose one current NBA player to take one shot, who would you pick? What about to play in just one game? One season? One series? We asked our NBA staff to make a pick for each, with one catch: You can’t choose the same player twice.
Shea Serrano: Let’s say the Spurs are in the NBA Finals, and let’s also say that it’s Game 7, and let’s also say that they’re playing on the road, and let’s also say that the score is 101-99, and let’s also say that there are 14 seconds left, and let’s also say that the Spurs are in possession of the ball, and let’s also say that they have just used their final timeout, and let’s also say that we’re playing against a suddenly unstoppable Cavs team, and let’s also say that in addition to the title being at stake my life is also at stake.
The gravity of the moment, the symbolism of the two best players in the game brought together in a single frame, the unique talents that Durant can leverage over every player in the NBA-it all culminated in a perfect late-game shot.
Give me the player who has a standing reach of 9-foot-2 who can ably shoot from anywhere on the floor without any chance of getting his shot blocked.
If we’re narrowing it down to the player who is actually pulling the trigger, give me Curry, who is literally the most likely non-center to make a shot, of any kind, in NBA history.
In addition to playing 57 of 68 possible games-all those people who said he’d never even play half a season sure have been quiet lately-averaging a double-double and making his first All-Star team, no one in the league has had more fun than JoJo.
Now he has a 3-point shot and the bulk to play center full-time and play through the various minor injuries and uncalled fouls that have stalled his ascension.
The league’s best player has a supercomputer mind and has played in four playoff series in each of the past seven seasons-an unfathomable advantage in game data over every other player in the NBA. He knows exactly how the league has changed over the past five seasons.

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Summary of “From Atop the College Basketball World to the Middle of Nowhere”

Today, the Hustle, one of 26 G League teams, are in town to play the South Bay Lakers.
For players like Davis, John Wall, and DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky was a launchpad for long NBA careers.
Some now play in Europe, others in Asia, and many more in the G League.
He’s played for a G League team that no longer exists and international leagues that are tiers below the country’s premier league.
He’s been fined for altercations, brawls, and calling out Manny Pacquiao for playing in the same league as him in the Philippines.
“Playing basketball abroad, you kind of feel like you don’t have a life. I mean, you don’t have a life. This is my life, essentially. It consumes everything.”
“We were kids playing together, highly touted kids at one of the biggest basketball schools in the country with the best fan base,” Harrison says.
Teague says he’s always made a point to chat up former Kentucky players whenever he runs into one, whether it be at an NBA game, a G League game, or maybe a run in the summer.

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Summary of “Dispatches From the NBA’s Tank Wars”

There is usually a moment of acceptance after the All-Star break that happens to most of the league’s worst teams, when a team agrees to give up the ghost and reincarnate as a hollowed-out version of itself, all for a chance at a franchise-altering selection come June.
There are currently eight teams within four games of the worst record in the NBA, an unprecedented amount of competition for pole position in the draft.
According to FiveThirtyEight projections, only four wins will separate the 2017-18 team that finishes with the worst record in the NBA and the team that finishes with the seventh-worst record.
Since 1996-97, a four-win gap would be smaller than the difference between the worst team and fourth-worst team every season, let alone seventh-worst.
Tanking teams commonly pile on the handicaps by disrupting team chemistry through trading players away or adding players on 10-day contracts fighting for their NBA lives.
D-II players make up less than 1 percent of the league at large, but on the Atlanta Hawks, they make up 12.5 percent of the team’s active roster.
His tweets make him sound like the team’s nutritional adviser, not a player who just signed a three-year deal.
The First Rule of Tank Club Sources: The NBA issued a warning to the Chicago Bulls this week on resting healthy players, and the team now plans to play veteran starters Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday again more extensively to close the season.

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Summary of “The Long Life of Luc Longley”

For a brief, miraculous instant, Luc Longley looked like the best center on the planet.
In the locker room, an enraged Jordan vowed, “Luc, I am never, ever going to say a nice thing about you again.” As Longley later told Inside Sport, “He was true to his word.”
For a while, Luc Longley wasn’t telling these stories.
That’s where you get Luc unplugged: In it, we learn that the T-Wolves practiced on a court inside a giant health club, so they were always being ogled by people riding exercise bikes; Longley calls his time there a “living hell.
Longley got traded to the Bulls during the year and a half that Jordan was playing minor league baseball.
Longley didn’t know about the casual wickedness Jordan dished out to big-man teammates like Bill Cartwright and Will Perdue.
Jordan tried to throw the ball to Longley while he was moving traffic in the post.
Sitting in the Bulls locker room every night, Longley became one of the world’s most underrated Jordan observers.

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Summary of “Five NBA Trades That Almost Happened”

As you ready yourself for an afternoon on NBA Twitter, here are a few trades that could have changed the landscape of the league.
In a conversation with Bill Simmons on the Grantland Basketball Hour in 2015, Bryant recalled that the Lakers had agreed to a trade that would send him to Detroit for a package that included Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, and an assortment of draft picks.
The Warriors won 67 games that season en route to the NBA Finals, where they topped the Cavaliers, who picked up Love in a three-way deal centered on no.
The big winners were the Hornets, who would have flipped a star who didn’t want to stay in New Orleans for four established NBA contributors and a first-round pick.
Picking up another star to play alongside LeBron and recent addition Shaquille O’Neal could’ve propelled the Cavs past the Celtics in the second round, and likely into an NBA Finals matchup with the Lakers.
Boston entered the 2015 NBA draft with two mid-to-late first-round picks and its focus locked on Duke forward Justise Winslow.
After failing to trade for picks 4-8, Ainge reportedly offered the Charlotte Hornets-owners of the ninth pick-a king’s ransom: as many as six picks, including four potential first-rounders, for the privilege of drafting Winslow.
Charlotte declined the offer and picked Frank Kaminsky, and the Celtics picked up Terry Rozier at no.

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