Summary of “Celtics playoffs 2018: Brad Stevens out of bounds plays made Philadelphia 76ers look silly twice”

How did we get to the point where the 76ers were fooled by this amazing play? Turns out, they were fooled by it twice.
In these situations – late shot clock, sideline or baseline out of bounds – NBA teams usually switch every screen to prevent any one player from getting open.
Stevens figured the 76ers would switch every screen, so he ran two different screening actions designed to get Embiid out of the lane.
Even though the play failed, Stevens learned something.
To account for that, Stevens had Terry Rozier run as far away from the hoop as possible while his other three players stacked together near the block.
Because the 76ers were switching everything as they did on the previous two sequences, Embiid was standing way out by the free-throw line, ready to pick up whichever Celtic raced out of the pack.
Knowing the entire back side was cleared out, and knowing that Covington would switch onto Horford to deny him the ball, Horford and the Celtics let Covington front him.
Matt Howard May 6, 2018 It takes a brilliant coach to exploit the 76ers’ defense twice on the same kind of play.

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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 “The Legend of Brad Stevens”

It’s just the latest instance in which Celtics coach Brad Stevens has managed to squeeze the most out of a limited roster of players on one of the biggest stages in basketball.
As you probably know, Stevens is already widely considered the greatest coach in basketball history.
On James Naismith’s deathbed, he turned to his loved ones and said, “My greatest achievement is inventing the sport that one day Brad Stevens will coach,” which confused everybody, because the name “Brad” wasn’t invented until 1974.
Widely considered the inspiration for Norman Dale in Hoosiers, Coach Taylor in Friday Night Lights, and Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln, Stevens is the first-and to date, only-recipient of the Nobel Prize for coaching.
Give Stevens a ragtag band of NBA players with no stars, and he will advance through the playoffs.
1997: Air Bud You don’t get college coaching jobs fresh out of college, so at 21, Stevens took a volunteer coaching gig-as the head coach for the Fernfield Timberwolves, a middle school team in Washington.
After consulting the rulebook and ensuring that there were no bylaws preventing a dog from playing basketball, Stevens crafted a role specifically for Buddy.
Air Bud never gave any quotes about how Stevens helped his surprisingly prolific career, but he did roll over and allow the coach to rub his belly in the presence of reporters.

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Summary of “Carmelo Anthony’s Failed OKC Experiment”

Carmelo Anthony was bad in the playoff series that ended his first season on the Thunder.
The Nuggets hadn’t made the playoffs for eight years prior to Anthony’s arrival in 2003; with Carmelo on the roster, they immediately began a seven-year playoff streak.
In Oklahoma City’s first-round loss to the Jazz, Anthony was “Bad” in the same way that an unexplained wad of human hair in a fast-food meal is bad. When Anthony was off the court, the Thunder stood a chance-in fact, OKC outscored the Jazz by 32 combined points in the series when Anthony was benched.
We’re left frustrated because the things Carmelo wants are still different from the things we want from Carmelo.
On two stages, Carmelo has proved himself as one of the most important players in basketball.
Ah, yes, Olympic Melo: Playing as a power forward or even a center, Carmelo feasted against international big men who had to choose between guarding his shot or his drive.
We’ll never see a player like Carmelo Anthony again.
Did Carmelo play poorly this season because he hated his non-star turn? Or did Carmelo hate this season because he played poorly? Carmelo’s chickens and eggs will sum up his NBA career: Maybe he was “Bad” as a result of his poor decisions and misguided priorities.

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Summary of “Parenting the Fortnite Addict”

Though adults may worry that shooting games cultivate aggression, C. Shawn Green, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who researches video games, notes that, “There’s really no evidence that playing a violent video game would take someone who has absolutely no violent tendencies and suddenly make them violent.”
Research does confirm that action video games cultivate the spatial skills needed in advanced mathematics and engineering.
Fortnite incorporates much of what game designers know about how to ensure a captive audience.
The heavily social aspect of Fortnite serves to make the game even more compelling.
Enthusiasts may devote hours to watching streaming videos of highly skilled gamers, studying highlight reels posted on YouTube and tracking the game’s strong social media presence and following among celebrities like Drake.
Parents might reduce some friction at home by talking with their family gamer about how best to keep Fortnite in check.
At a certain point, Dr. Pines alerts Noah that he’s on his last game, knowing that a single game can take less than a minute for a gamer ambushed by an adversary who quickly finds a rifle, or not more than 20 minutes for the competitor who wins.
Adults who are catching up to Fortnite shouldn’t hesitate to ask young people about the game.

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Summary of “Inside the tension between Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs”

Before Leonard could expound on it, a Spurs communications staffer – who ostensibly could not hear what Leonard was saying but saw he was talking to a reporter – abruptly ended the conversation.
Over the past several months, ESPN has spoken to dozens of league sources, people close to Leonard and Spurs staffers.
Leonard briefly returned to the Spurs for nine games from mid-December through mid-January.
Spurs guard Tony Parker caused a stir when he said he had the same injury as Leonard, but “100 times worse” a few days after ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Parker and Ginobili had confronted Leonard about his status during a tense team meeting on March 17.
Popovich’s constant references to Leonard’s “Group” are a manifestation of the tension between the Spurs and Robertson and Frankel that has developed over the past year, according to Spurs sources.
Multiple league sources also told ESPN that the Spurs have grown worried that Leonard’s group has an ulterior motive to fray the relationship and get Leonard traded to a larger market such as Los Angeles or New York or Philadelphia.
She wrote to one fan, who questioned why Leonard was in New York City instead of with the Spurs during the playoffs, “What makes you think he’s not working to get back to his team? Make sure you speak Facts! Kawhi is still a Spur….”.
When asked about Kawhi Leonard returning to the Spurs, Gregg Popovich says you would have to ask Kawhi himself since he is rehabbing in New York.

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Summary of “Lessons From the First Round of the NBA Playoffs”

LeBron-led teams had never played in a Game 7 in the first round; they’d swept five consecutive first-round opponents, and before this month had a 48-7 all-time record in opening series.
James gives Cleveland a chance, but he is also a 33-year-old coming off seven straight Finals appearances who just played a full 82-game regular season for the first time in his career.
Various NBA teams aggressively trapped pick-and-rolls to take the ball out of the hands of superstars in the first round of the postseason, which has been a fascinating trend to watch.
Even if Prunty were to have shortened the rotation to only eight players, it’d still have included either underdeveloped young players without a playoff-ready skill set or overpaid veterans who don’t quite fit around Antetokounmpo.
It’s Time for Wall and Russ to Switch Things Up “I put the pressure on myself because I am that franchise guy. I am the guy that has to be the leader of the team, that has to get everybody better, make everybody better on my team,” John Wall told reporters a day after the Wizards were eliminated in the first round by the Raptors.
The Wizards are at their best when both the ball and players are moving; there was something to the “Everybody eats” Wizards playing without Wall, but it was obviously unsustainable since the Wall-less team lacked the star power necessary for long-term success.
“So it’s something I really have to think about, if I really want to be this type of player, finish out my career as this type of player, knowing that I have so much left in the tank and I bring so much to the game of basketball.”
Since contracts guarantee by July 1 for most players, Indiana will need to backchannel with agents to gauge interest in players.

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Summary of “Survival of the Mediocre Mediocre”

Mediocrity is in fact the sine qua non of survival itself.
Agency and satisficing are emergent aspects of mediocrity, not explicit calculations involved in the generation of mediocre behavior.
Sometimes antifragility will point to mediocrity as the way, and other times mediocrity will exhibit antifragility.
Computers have learned to be mediocre, but haven’t yet learned to compete at mediocrity out in the open world.
Mediocrity qua mediocrity? We still have an edge there.
Soft mediocrity is mediocrity revealed through middling performance in domains where A-Ark excellence is actually possible on one end of the performance spectrum, and error-free correct, reliable C-Ark useful performance is possible at the other.
So a mediocre chess player, or a sloppy assembly line worker both exhibit soft mediocrity, because both excellence and error-free play are achievable and meaningful.
While disruption always involves mediocrity, mediocrity does not always imply disruption.

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Summary of “A Story About Manu”

This is a short anecdote about one of my sons, but really it’s about Manu Ginobili, but really it’s about what Manu Ginobili means, and has meant, and can mean.
There are a bunch of Basketball-Reference numbers that I can set into a paragraph or bulleted list right now to help convey the magnitude of Manu Ginobili as an impactful and influential basketball player.
Did you know that Manu has scored more points than any other left-handed player in postseason history? It’s a weird thing, but also a true thing.
Second place is Bill Russell, and he’s nearly 400 points behind Manu.
Here’s a good one: Manu has the best plus-minus per 100 possessions of anyone who’s played at least 20,000 minutes since 2000.
There’s never really been a time when someone was talking about how great Manu is and felt compelled to bring up stats.
So: Me telling my son to shout “Manu!” when he was playing on his little goal is no different from me telling him, “Hey, be like Manu when you play basketball,” and me telling him, “Hey, be like Manu when you play basketball,” is no different from me telling him, “Hey, be like Manu as a person.” It’s the highest, biggest, most intense compliment, and a parent saying it to his or her small child is the highest, biggest, most intense way to give it.
If Manu decides to come back for another season, it’ll be fine.

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Summary of “The 2018 NFL Draft First-Round Grades”

The only question with this pick is whether or not Cleveland is making a mistake in passing on the best pass rusher in this class, Bradley Chubb.
Guard is not generally considered a premium position in the NFL, so taking one this early may raise some eyebrows, but interior linemen have narrowed the pay gap on the tackle position over the past few years, and they’re more important than ever with the influx of highly athletic interior pass rushers like Aaron Donald and Fletcher Cox.
Chicago Bears: OLB Roquan Smith, Georgia Smith is the prototype of the modern linebacker: Sure, he’s a bit undersized, but his range to run sideline to sideline and cover vast swaths of the field in the passing game trumps any concerns over a lack of bulk.
Middle-of-the-field defenders of Fitzpatrick’s ilk can run with slot receivers, mismatch-creating tight ends, and running backs in the passing game, and are more important than ever.
To live up to this draft slot, Vea must unlock his potential as a pass rusher.
Even if he’s double-teamed, he’s going to be opening things up for the pass rushers around him.
Davenport scored well in Football Outsiders’ SackSEER metric, but with the ludicrous amount of draft capital the Saints gave up to make this pick, he’s a huge risk.
Due to legal issues, Hughes left the University of North Carolina for Garden City Community College before eventually ending up at UCF. The athletic defensive back surrendered a measly 35.5 passer rating in coverage with four picks and 11 pass breakups for UCF in 2017.

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