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The graphic below looks at foul-calling against white and black players based on the racial make-up of the three-man officiating referee crews. The first chart, of the time period immediately prior to the publication of the 2007 study, shows that the more white referees are involved in a game, the fewer fouls are called against white players, with a much smaller decline for black players. Study author Justin Wolfers calls this difference “small, subtle and significant.” The second chart looks at the period after the study came out and shows two things: the first is that there’s no longer a meaningful difference in foul calls based on referee make-up. Second, the overall number of foul calls decreased slightly. Washington Post

“Racial bias is a malleable trait,” says study co-author Joseph Price. “Large-scale public focus on a specific type of racial bias in a specific group can make it go away.” Price says the same could hold true for any situation in which implicit racial bias plays a role – from police officers deciding who to pull over to teachers deciding how to grade an essay. “Large-scale public focus” here is key. This suggests that good social science research, and good media discussion of that research, has the ability to move the needle on thorny, intractable problems like implicit bias. Washington Post

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The essence of Korver's success is playing off screens and spacing. Also, the transition three, once shunned in the NBA, is a part of his repertoire. According to statistics compiled by Synergy, in the last five years, Korver connects on transition threes at a robust 45.9%. His threes in the halfcourt are 44.9%. USA Today Sports

In 121 minutes this season, the Livingston-Johnson-Pierce-Anderson-Garnett lineup has scored 98.4 points per 100 possessions and allowed 91.5 from opponents, giving them a net efficiency of 6.9. The team's early-season starting lineup, which featured Williams, Johnson, Pierce, Garnett and Lopez, had a net efficiency of -4.9, scoring 96.5 points and giving up 101.4 points per 100 possessions. The Nets have also found success in limited minutes playing Williams and Livingston together in the backcourt, with Johnson, Pierce and Garnett up front. In 59 minutes, this lineup is outscoring opponents by a whopping 30.1 points per 100 possessions. Injuries to key players have robbed first-year head coach Jason Kidd of any kind of rotational stability, but as the season has progressed, he's become more adept at using his personnel effectively. USA Today Sports

January 26, 2014 Updates

Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph tied the franchise record for career double-doubles with his 15-point, 17-rebound performance. Randolph's double-double was his 189th since joining the Grizzlies in 2009, and allowed him to tie Pau Gasol's mark, which he set in seven seasons with Memphis. NBA.com

January 23, 2014 Updates

Along the way, though, the use of analytics has made many an old-school coaches nervous, afraid that the same kind of tech boom that caused a restructuring in scouting and coaching circles in baseball would do the same in the NBA. It was an issue in mid-September, at the NBA’s coaches retreat in Los Angeles and at the annual coaches meeting in Chicago that followed, and the issue was familiar to anyone who followed the push-and-pull between the old and new schools in baseball—instincts vs. evidence. “I understand it makes some people nervous,” Bucks coach Larry Drew said. “It has been a really big topic in the last year or two. I know it was a big topic at the NBA head coaches’ meeting this fall. Personally, I am for it. … Some coaches are not. Sporting News

One veteran head coach, who asked for anonymity, said of this year’s coaches meetings: “There were guys who were just plain p***** off about it. Because what is happening is, I have to know what makes a guy tick, I have to know when one of my players can’t stand the other guy, I have to know when I can get on his a**. Sporting News

“A lot of the new ownership, it’s hedge fund managers and guys who are very, very involved now with their teams,” Collins said. “A lot of these guys, it may be hard for them to talk personnel in certain ways, but the one thing that they can talk is numbers. … "I am big on analytics being a huge part of it, teams are smart to use analytics, but at the same time, to me, there is the eye test, there is the heart test, there is that test every single day when you are with players in practice, developing a trust and a truth with one another about how you want to win basketball games. It is in flux right now, but the beauty is, let’s see how it all turns out.” Sporting News

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[Head Coach] Erik Spoelstra is one of the new state-of-the-art technological coaches. He believes in these numbers. He uses them to set up the offense and defense, especially offensively, and who are the best players to complement LeBron and Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, our best assets. Numbers and analytics play a big part in true field goal percentage, or how we can space the floor. The numbers tell us that Shane Battier and Rashard Lewis play better when LeBron and Chris and Udonis Haslem are on the court. But there still is a gut instinct. The No. 1 thing you do in this league is to try to find the best talent. Then you need to get all of the players to sacrifice whatever they need to sacrifice for the team. Sacrifice has been a big part of our success. When we signed the “big three,” they gave up $51 million in total salary so we could bring in four or five other guys to help them win. IndexUniverse.com

Riley: We have been doing analytics for years. We just called it “statistical analyses” back in the ’60s and ’70s. We’ve always used numbers that we feel define the difference between winning and losing, success and failure. We have a database of numbers, not only individually but as a team, in which we track every single movement that one of our players makes out on the court. And we will definitely quantify it into a number. And the player will have that number. IndexUniverse.com

December 27, 2013 Updates

“The word ‘legend’ doesn’t appropriately describe Harvey,” NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver tells JTA. “He’s really the heart and soul of the 76ers, a walking encyclopedia of NBA history and a testament to the family nature of this league.” Pollack, vigorous at 91, remains a Philadelphia courtside fixture, scrupulously keeping each game’s statistics without so much as eyeglasses to assist. Pollack, in fact, predates the NBA, going back to the Warriors’ Basketball Association of America debut in 1946. Jewish Daily Forward

He long ago developed an intricate code to convey information to a colleague across the court for input into a desktop computer. The colleague recording the data for statistical posterity? His 67-year-old son, Ron, who has worked with dad since 1962. On the night of Chamberlain’s wondrous game in Hershey, Pa., it was Ron who ran copy to the Western Union desk for transmittal to the wire services. Ron’s son Brian, 40, works nearly every game with them from near the basket, calling out turnovers and substitutions. Not even the elder Pollack can monitor everything. Jewish Daily Forward

The term “triple-double” for a player netting 10 or more points, rebounds and assists in a game — Pollack’s doing. These days he even charts which NBA players sport tattoos. Pollack is the Philadelphia 76ers’ director of statistical information, a paltry title for the unofficial historian of all things throughout the National Basketball Association’s existence. Jewish Daily Forward

December 22, 2013 Updates

Only a small portion of the analytic data being generated can be viewed publicly on NBA.com, with the balance being sent directly to teams. There seems to be nearly universal interest: Page views on statistical information on the league's website are up by more than 50% over the first two months of last season. Los Angeles Times

December 7, 2013 Updates

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