Alone in the Corner

Two Passes From Victory

20th April 2014

Golden State @ LA Clippers Game Report

First off, let’s just get this out of the way: these two teams hate each other. A lot. The officials came into the game having already decided that they weren’t going to let this game get out of hand. I don’t think it was likely to get out of hand, but who knows? Anyone who watched knows that the game was poorly officiated, so there’s no need to belabor the point. It was bad.

Both Blake Griffin and Andre Iguodala fouled out, and I think MJAX did a better job managing AI’s foul trouble. I’m not a fan of Doc’s conservative handling of Blake.

Blake picked up his fifth foul very late in the 3rd quarter and sat till nearly the 5:00 mark of the 4th quarter. He didn’t actually foul out till there was only 48 seconds left in the game, but he effectively fouled out for those seven minutes in the 4th quarter that Doc had him sitting on the bench.

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My thoughts on Avery being fired

28th December 2012

On the Nets Firing Avery Johnson

Anytime I talk about coaching, I’m talking solely about “in-game” management. Practices, game review, and other aspects of player development happen behind the scenes. I have theories about which coaches do these things better than others, but for me to speculate on that would be little more than guesswork.

When I’m watching a game, I don’t have to guess  I can see a coach’s substitution patterns, his clock management, and the matchups he’s looking to exploit. When I talk about coaching, I’m talking about what I can see.

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Hiring a Programmer

23rd November 2012

We are currently looking to add another programmer(s) to do a project for our team. Experience in python, django and mysql, as well as parsing html and xml is a must. 

Knowledge of sports is a plus but not necessary.

*Job Description**:

Offering contract work for an experienced programmer to develop specialized software to automate interactions with various websites.  Telecommuting only.

**Requirements**

* Proficiency with Python/Django a must.

* Experience with MySQL, HTML/XML parsing.

* Javascript and its related technologies, (AJAX, jQuery)

* Knowledge of internet security a plus.

* Committed, hard worker and self-motivated.

*E-mail contact; bob@nbaplaycharting.com

*Contract Work

*Telecommuting Only

Heroes and Villains in Poker

10th October 2012

People have asked how I was impacted by  Black Friday and the FTP fiasco and while I heavily sympathize with the people who have had their money tied up and held hostage since Black Friday, I didn’t have any money on deposit with Full Tilt so it didn’t really impact me in the normal sense. I did however almost buy a piece of FTP around 2004 and am owed money by an owner of FTP so it has impacted me.

Around 2004 I came extremely close to buying a 2 or 3% share of Fulltilt Poker my main concern wasn’t really IF I was going to buy a percentage of FTP, but how rather how much I was going to buy (I was offered up to 3 percent).  

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NBA catch up post

9th October 2012

For a guy who actually thought about being a writer in university, I must say that I find it painfully difficult to actual write anything longer than 140 characters. You can blame it on texting or twitter, but I think spending the better part of my adulthood watching 5-6 different basketball games simultaneously on 6 tv’s probably deserves some blame.

That being said,  Its been quite some time since my last entry so consider this an NBA recap of sorts. 

They were who we thought they were

I predicted the Miami Heat to run roughshod over the rest of the NBA when they assembled their “big three” of LBJ, Dwade and Bosh in 2010. I was wrong. Sort of.

back then I wrote;

OKC provides a glimmer of hope - if they can add one more great player then they have a shot in a few years time. They have Westbrook who has the ability to be a decent defender, as does Harden. And they have a relative defensive ace in Thabo Sefalosha, but nobody with enough size to handle LeBron. The players in the league who are best suited to handle LeBron,  Artest, Pierce, and Battier are all on the wrong side of 30.

Get back to me when Lebron is 31 because for the next 5 years it’s over.

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Best and Worst on Offense

24th April 2011

The stat I like to use most to determine how effective a players offensive production has been (individually) is points per possession or ppp.

ppp basically tells us how many points per possession your team scored when you were the offensive player who ended the possession. Baskets are positive, misses, and turnovers are negative. 

The one thing you’ll notice with ppp numbers is that by and large they are dominated by guys that shoot (and make) a lot of 3 pointers. In general catch and shoot 3 point shooters are usually near the top of the list. PPP is highly contextual, its really useful to compare players who perform similar tasks, but not that useful in comparing players with disparate skill types.

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