Summary of “Nate Robinson Battles Inner Demons in Quest for NBA Return”

“I’m sorry, I’m playing WOUNDED!” Robinson exclaims, referring to Paul not playing.
Rivers isn’t ruling out the possibility either, if Robinson can accept whatever role he’s given.
The first time Robinson touched an NBA basketball, in his debut against the Celtics in 2005, was on a quick steal.
Robinson fantasized about retiring in Chicago, but he says tensions with coach Tom Thibodeau escalated privately, as Robinson’s focus and maturity were once again issues.
“The NBA gave me my depression,” Robinson says.
“In therapy, Nate was trying to figure out what he was doing wrong.”I was trying to change,” Robinson says.
Robinson says current NBA players are held to different standards.
Once, on an open fast break with no defenders in sight, Robinson was surprised when a player on the opposing team rose from the bench and ran onto the hardwood to stop the break.

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Summary of “Some Friendly Advice for LeBron James As He Prepares for His Next Decision”

It’s probably safe to say that Decision 1.0 didn’t get the rave reviews LeBron was looking for when people responded by burning his jersey in the streets.
The NBA would never let a player get an ownership stake while he’s still playing, but there’s nothing to prevent LeBron from making an implicit agreement with whatever franchise he signs with to join their ownership group once he retires.
Ask Bronny Where He’d Like to Play Danny Chau: Watching LeBron James Jr. highlights has become one of my favorite pastimes.
Where an NBA player establishes home base isn’t a pressing issue anymore, but as Bronny gears up for high school, I’d imagine that for LeBron Sr., proximity to his son would play a factor into the calculus of his offseason decision.
The 2023-24 season is the objective; LeBron has consistently stated that he’d love to play against his son at the NBA level.
George will likely be an unrestricted free agent, and he and LeBron can finally play together in a city that’s much more appealing than Cleveland.
Try to Get Cleveland to Draft Your Favorite Prospect T.C. Kane: In 2014, the Heat traded up to draft Shabazz Napier because LeBron tweeted about him during the NCAA tournament; LeBron left anyway, because of course the undersized 24th overall pick was never going to be a factor in his decision.
Cleveland might not bend to his will like Miami did, but it would be hilariously petty of LeBron to make it clear that the right rookie might keep him in the Land, and the wrong choice would doom the Cavs’ candidacy.

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Summary of “Why The NBA Abandoned Roy Hibbert”

Just before Anthony’s dunk could find the bottom of the cup, 26-year-old defensive stud Roy Hibbert, Indiana’s 7-foot-2 tree of a center, managed to get his outstretched left arm between Anthony and the rim.
The league learned new tricks, and Hibbert didn’t.
“It’s surprising to me. I’ve talked to Roy about this, but he could still be playing in the league right now,” said Frank Vogel, Hibbert’s former coach in Indiana, who was recently let go by the Magic.
Hibbert was so good at doing this that LeBron James, seemingly frustrated with Hibbert and what he perceived to be uncalled fouls against the big man, once referred to it as “His verticality rule,” saying that officials allowed him to make use of it more than other players.
As Hibbert continued to protect the rim well, that skill by itself became less valuable in a changing NBA. Take, for example, the Pacers’ 2014 playoff series against No. 8 seed Atlanta, in which the Hawks surprisingly took top-seeded Indiana to seven games.
Much like a dog who’s bound by the constraints of an electric fence, Hibbert opts to stay tethered beneath the free-throw line on defense when he can, both so he can shut down shots at the rim and because his mobility isn’t good enough to defend in open space.
Hibbert spent just over 71 percent of his time on defense beneath the free-throw line on defense from 2013-14 through 2015-16, the third-highest rate in the league over that span, according to data tracked by ESPN Analytics and NBA Advanced Stats.
At the same time that Hibbert was struggling to have the same impact defensively, other players – ones with more mobility and better foot speed – began learning how to perfect the notion of verticality.

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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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