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January 5, 2014 Updates

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
November 27, 2013 Updates

Several league sources, meanwhile, said that first-year coach Dave Joerger is getting considerable direction from the top of the team masthead, including everyone from owner Robert Pera to VP John Hollinger. “They’re suggesting lineups,” said one league source. “Aggressively.” Bleacher Report

One scout said, “It looked as if Joerger was trying to put his stamp on them and the players resisted. They were like, ‘The other way worked, so why change?’ I know they wanted to play faster, but they don’t have that kind of team. They grind.” Bleacher Report

November 26, 2013 Updates

Several league sources, meanwhile, said that first-year coach Dave Joerger is getting considerable direction from the top of the team masthead, including everyone from owner Robert Pera to VP John Hollinger. “They’re suggesting lineups,” said one league source. “Aggressively.” One scout said, “It looked as if Joerger was trying to put his stamp on them and the players resisted. They were like, ‘The other way worked, so why change?’ I know they wanted to play faster, but they don’t have that kind of team. They grind.” Bleacher Report

Why abandon a style that won 56 games last season? One scout attributed it to the fact that analytics suggest more possessions—i.e., playing faster—and more drive-and-kick opportunities produce more efficient offensive numbers. There’s also the matter of having dumped veteran coach Lionel Hollins for the neophyte Joerger, in part because Hollins wasn’t enthralled with having front-office numbers-crunchers telling him what offensive sets he should use. Randolph, without outright saying so, apparently felt the same way. He’s as easygoing a superstar as you will meet, but he clearly enjoys all that comes with being a superstar. That includes traveling with four phones, including three smart phones, and having the ringtone on one as the ding-ding-ding of a winning slot machine. That also includes letting it be known, by deed more than word, about what sort of offense best suits him. Bleacher Report

November 25, 2013 Updates

On his way to the National Basketball Association scoring title last year, Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks made 669 shots, not counting free throws. Starting Monday, you can watch every single one of them on the league’s stats page. You can also watch any of Anthony’s 820 missed shots, 460 rebounds, 175 turnovers, or just about any play by any of the 400-odd players in the league. Virtually every statistic in the NBA’s online database, beginning with last season, will be linked to video showing the play it describes. Go to the box score for the decisive game of the Finals from June, for instance, click on the 3 that denotes LeBron James’s offensive rebounds for the night, and up pops a box with all three clips. “We believe this is the first time video of every play of every game has been married to the statistics,” Ken DeGennaro, the NBA’s vice president of operations and technology, said as he showed off the new feature in a suite at Madison Square Garden before the Knicks played the Indiana Pacers last week. DeGennaro looked less mid-career technocrat and more grinning schoolboy as he searched out Joe Johnson clutch shots, Chris Paul alley-oops, and a rather improbable Jeff Green buzzer beater for a handful of reporters. BusinessWeek.com

Evan Welsh, senior director of global corporate affairs for SAP, says the tech company spent six to nine months helping the NBA get the initial site running and training the league to use its software. The NBA, says DeGennaro, began working to add video this summer. Replays for each game will become available about 45 minutes after the final buzzer, roughly the time it takes an employee in the league’s Secaucus (N.J.) offices to log the video. Once a game is in the system, SAP’s HANA software can call up the requested slice of video in a matter of seconds. (For now, replays are only available via desktop, but the NBA intends to add mobile, according to DeGennaro.) BusinessWeek.com

November 24, 2013 Updates
November 20, 2013 Updates

The Boston Celtics were in Houston on Tuesday night to get crushed by the Rockets, 109-85. At one point during the game, Rajon Rondo took a look at the Celtics’ stat sheet. Who knows what he saw, but after he saw it, Rondo made a face and looked disgustedly and confusedly down the bench for answers. The Big Lead

Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, one of the more intellectually curious players in the league, says he is interested in the data SportVU generates but remains dubious of the effect it might have on the floor. “There's nothing I'm going to learn from SportVU that is going to change the way I play,” Ginobili said. San Antonio Express-News

November 16, 2013 Updates

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