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January 11, 2015 Updates

Q: Did you think at this stage of your career you’d have a game like this? Gasol: “You don’t really think of having this type of game. I just try to play the game the right way. Make things happen out there, make the right decisions, contribute as much as I can. But you don’t think about having 40-plus games. You just play the game; that’s what I like to do. I don’t know if I’ll ever score 40 again; probably not. It’s very unlikely. I’m glad I was able to do it tonight. Just got to keep going.” Bulls.com

Q: Have you considered how long you’ve been playing? “I’ve played a lot of years. Once you have played over 10 years in this league you can feel extremely lucky. I feel extremely fortunate to be around for that long. And when you are able to sustain performance….I take pride in being consistent. Consistency to me is what separates you from other players. If you look at my career every single year I’ve been pretty consistent. It’s great I’m still able to do it at this point.” Bulls.com

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When you serve as leader of an organization for as long as David Stern did, you're bound to encounter massive change in multiple realms. The 30-year NBA commissioner, who last year spoke to Big Think on embracing diversity, appears in today's featured Big Think interview focused on big data's indelible effect on professional basketball: Stern mentions at the outset how the NBA decided to install SportVU cameras in each of its 29 arenas. These cameras, developed by analytics organization STATS, create in-depth accounts of every play in a game. For example, they can capture player positioning as well as ball location for every dribble, pass, and shot by way of X/Y/Z coordination. This is then translated into hard data which, after a large sample is gathered, can then be analyzed to better evaluate players and temper game strategy. Big Think

Stern explains in the interview how ten years ago the league's statistics were primitive in comparison to what they are today. Each franchise's front office now sports a squad of statisticians whose job is to crunch data in order to hone strategy and field a more competitive team. This new focus on analytics represents a major change in the way the game and its players are evaluated by fans and professionals alike. It's very "Moneyball," though larger and much more orange. Big Think

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Against the Nuggets, it was Gasol's turn to do so — until he replaced Gibson for the final seconds. And this was after Gasol put up 17 points, nine rebounds and a career-high nine blocks before exiting with 8:11 left in the fourth. Gasol said he always has kept track of his statistics, a habit he "can't help." But a chance at his eighth career triple-double isn't why he wanted to finish. "I always want to be in the game, especially in the fourth quarter when the game is on the line — regardless of what I have (stats-wise)," Gasol said. "I like to play. I like to compete." Chicago Tribune

January 1, 2015 Updates

Duncan pulled down 10 rebounds to move past Walt Bellamy for 10th on the career list, with 14,250. He added 16 points for the 814th double-double of his career, tying former rival Karl Malone for fifth on the all-time list. “He’s an incredible, incredible specimen,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “And when I say specimen, I don’t mean physical. Just mental toughness, his spirit, his professionalism. It’s unparalleled.” San Antonio Express-News

December 30, 2014 Updates

B/R: Kobe Bryant (on Dec. 14) got celebrated for passing Michael Jordan in points. You've talked a little bit about your appreciation for what he's done. As you watch him and the way he's handling things six years down the line from where you are, does it make you think about how you might handle things? And also, you are more than 2,000 points ahead of where he was at age 30. LJ: Absolutely. Absolutely. Come on, man. This is the longest shortest career of anything. I think about all the time, what's next for me in the next couple of years, you know 35, and then if I make it to get where Kobe is, you know. How do I approach the game? And what is my mindset? And is my love for the game still there? I absolutely think about that stuff. I mean, how could you not? I mean, I've been in this league 12 years, and it's not like I'm going up another 12 years. You know, my escalator is starting to tail. So I understand that. Bleacher Report

December 29, 2014 Updates

Lately, the Kings have been surrendering season highs regularly. Talk of a faster tempo on offense has picked up since Michael Malone was fired as coach two weeks ago. And it looks as if Sacramento’s focus on defense was relieved of its duties, too. In the six games since Malone’s firing, five Kings opponents shot at least 47 percent, with the woeful Los Angeles Lakers the exception at 38 percent. All six teams scored at least 100 points. Last week, the Kings allowed their season highs in points (twice), assists, field goals and field-goal percentage. Over that stretch, the Kings didn’t have much trouble scoring, averaging 109.3 points. But they gave up 114.2 points per game in that span, a big reason they went 2-4. Sacramento Bee

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