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.
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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.)