Catch n' Shoot: March 21, 2011 -- Basketball & EV, Kobe & Bynum Get Clinical, Nietzsche & Basketball, Bomani & 'Uncle Tom'

Catch n' Shoot: March 21, 2011 -- Basketball & EV, Kobe & Bynum Get Clinical, Nietzsche & Basketball, Bomani & 'Uncle Tom'
  • The most crucial next step in basketball analytics is discovering expected value (EV) Unlike baseball, where we have a game of a somewhat comparable sort of repetition but also knowledge of how many runs produce wins and players routinely move to and from a highly developed minor league structure, basketball analysis still struggle with a relativity dilemma. A lot of this stems from, for lack of better words, establishing a standard by which a decision is "break even." Because from there, we can better understand which decisions contribute to winning against those that contribute to losing. Once we get there, we can better understand variance and what constitutes adequate sample sizes of possessions on which to base conclusions with acceptable margins of error.
  • So, yeah, Kobe's scary and crazy using just about all figurative and literal definitions of those two words possible:

    I caught the Lakers' impressive, yet flawed, win over the Blazers from the opening minutes of the second quarter through the end and Kobe's still "that guy" -- as in that guy capable of making an entire league of players look bad at any given moment.

  • Andrew Bynum went and done loss his damn mine. His two-game suspension is justified, as there's no reasonable excuse for this:

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  • Whitlock has a much better take on the Jalen Rose thing.

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