September, 6, 2012
By Henry Abbott
- Not to be lost in Mark Cuban's back-and-forth with Wages of Wins bloggers which I blogged about yesterday: "I can also tell you that in our planning, we see players playing into their mid 40s starting in about 15 years. So the guys coming in now, could play 20 plus years if they work at their games and follow our health and medical regimens"
- You have until September 30 to submit a research paper to the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics conference, which takes place March 1-2 in Boston. The conference is also accepting applications, until October 19, for the Evolution of Sport series of ten-minute, TED-style talks. Here you can see video of past presentations including TrueHoop's Kevin Arnovitz in 2012 on "Moving Without the Ball," which is -- honestly -- a very engaging presentation on parking, and my 2011 talk on bad decisions in sports skewing macho.
- GQ announces Rajon Rondo is interning for them, effective immediately. The press release includes this Rondo quote: “I love the set-up so far and I’m having fun. I’m still a rookie at this. I’m humble. Anything GQ needs me to do -- getting coffee -- I’ll do. In my position, I haven’t done things like this in my entire life. It’s fun doing what I do, but it’s nice getting the flipside of that 9 to 5."
- Ethan Sherwood Strauss has a great HoopSpeak post about Sarunas Marciulionis who changed the NBA, one day in 1989, by stepping a little sideways after gathering the ball. The Eurostep is here to stay, used by the likes of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James to tremendous effect. What other new stuff might be lurking that nobody has tried yet? Strauss: "I believe that there are thousands of Eurosteps out there -- I’m just not sure what they are. Football is currently getting redefined thanks to “packaged plays,” calls that rely on reading the defense after the snap. Again, it’s a simple enough concept that went unseen for decades. Basketball is an abstract dance between time and space, replete with possibilities. When I see Rajon Rondo stir defenses with his pass fakes I wonder whether an offense based on timed pass fakes might be the new 'seven seconds or less.' Maybe it could be, maybe it couldn’t be. The new basketball leap might contain a far more discomfiting rebuttal on how we assume the game gets played. I just know that some staggering basketball advancement is within our intellectual grasp, but that looking for it might make the planet feel unmoored in our minds."
- Delightful video of Stephen Jackson bragging about all the things his uncle knows how to deep fry. Also note Jackson's matching "DOPE" shirt and hat.
- Who wouldn't want to play with Jason Terry? Dionte Christmas makes him sound like an amazing teammate. (Via CelticsBlog)
- Looking super fit: Jason Maxiell. Looking for a contract: Jason Maxiell.
- Looking good in stats: DeAndre Jordan.
- Ramon Sessions became the Lakers' starter and it was one of the best personnel moves of last season. He didn't get any worse, but now he's likely second-string on the worst team in the NBA. NBA life is funny like that.
- The Pistons' Jonas Jerebko was on Swedish National Radio telling the story of his life. Jerebko's thoughtful appearance was translated for PistonPowered by reader Andres Jerkerus. A superhero of the story is Pistons' strength coach, and legendary NBA healer, Arnie Kander, who really shines after Jerebko's second season opens with an Achilles tear against the Heat: "Shortly afterward, I moved in with my strength coach Arnie. I guess it is not that common for a player and a coach to have that kind of relationship, for a player to move in with him, but Arnie and I have always gotten along well and he opened his home to me. For that I will always be grateful. At Arnie’s place I got a lot of help. He gave me vitamin baths and tanning sessions to help strengthen he body and everything else to make it work. Perhaps this says a lot about Arnie. Together we started the long journey back. Step by step. If there is ever one person’s advice and help I never would have made it without, it was Arnie’s. He’s not just a regular guy. He is, according to me, the very best at what he does. We developed something greater than a player and coach relation. I consider Arnie part of my family. For what he has done for me, and still does every day, I cannot thank him enough."