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February 28, 2015 Updates
February 27, 2015 Updates

The Knicks traded for Shved because they saw a fit for the triangle offense. “We definitely see the potential and his ability to play with our team and operate well within our format,’’ Fisher said. “He’s a good ballhandler and good passer and he can get to the rim and he’s pretty capable shooting.” New York Post

Forward-thinking coaches have always explored new ways to analyze and attack the game, to test their hypotheses against any available data. There is simply more data than ever available now, and a more intensive effort to harness it. That's what statistical analysis is really about. But the public debate has become wildly distorted, because some loud skeptics—Barkley, Brown and countless cranky old newspaper columnists—have promoted a thoroughly warped image of the advanced stats movement, with criticism built on a foundation of straw men, misperceptions and mythology. "It's like arguing with a baby, or someone who believes the Earth is flat," Daryl Morey, the Houston Rockets general manager and advanced-stats devotee, said in describing what it is like debating the anti-analytics crowd. "It's like debating politics on Facebook." Bleacher Report

Morey: Charles is right, it is all about getting high-end talents. It's about recognizing them, which not any idiot can recognize....The Harden trade was about 60-40 in favor of our side at the time. Even we had doubts. You need to prepare yourself to be ready for those opportunities when they come. It's not like anyone's giving away these good players. You have to maneuver your way into them....The notion that people in analytics don't think talent wins is ludicrous. Bleacher Report

Jeremy Lin remembers the packet. The Houston Rockets distributed it at season's end, an ocean of personalized data slimmed down to a few pages. It showed that the point guard was one of the NBA's best at driving and making plays at the rim, but that he also struggled shooting from the left wing and 3-pointers off the dribble. "Things like that, I didn't know," Lin said. It helped shape his offseason training regimen. Lin is savvy on the subject, one he has been interested in dating back to his playing days at Harvard. He said his agent even doubles as a personal analytics assistant. "I'm not going to overreact to some numbers," Lin said. "I want to know what they are, though." The franchise catered to Lin's interests well. ESPN.com

February 26, 2015 Updates

Daryl Morey: Charles is right, it is all about getting high-end talents. It's about recognizing them, which not any idiot can recognize... The Harden trade was about 60-40 in favor of our side at the time. Even we had doubts. You need to prepare yourself to be ready for those opportunities when they come. It's not like anyone's giving away these good players. You have to maneuver your way into them....The notion that people in analytics don't think talent wins is ludicrous. Bleacher Report

February 25, 2015 Updates
February 24, 2015 Updates
February 23, 2015 Updates

On the wave of NBA analytics and his old-school praise of James Harden, around the 17:15 mark: “You can’t look in the heart of someone–you can take every test… “One of the best players in the league, one of the very best players in the league is James Harden. I really admire the way he plays. And he’s one of those players who reminds me kind of an old-fashioned player. But he’s so clever. “But my best guess is if we gave these guys all kinds of tests before they were drafted, and he was a high draft pick, I don’t know how he would he’d rate on that scale.” San Jose Mercury-News

February 21, 2015 Updates

McHale said McDaniels, 22, obviously needs seasoning. "As with most young guys he is not a finished product," McHale said. "He is a guy we will see what he does and see what he needs to work on and will develop a program for him, and we will try to see if we can make him the best basketball player he can be." Also in Dallas, former Sixers coach and current SMU coach Larry Brown indicated that the Sixers have taken a strong liking to Emmanuel Mudiay. The 6-foot-5 point guard, 18, had committed to SMU before deciding to play in China. Philadelphia Inquirer

 

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