Every team wants the perfect draft pick. It's a deceptively simple-sounding goal that haunts every executive in sports, because they are being asked to do the nearly impossible—predict what human beings will do. Sure, every few years a player like Andrew Luck or Bryce Harper comes along who simply can't fail (even…
Fergie performed between quarters of the Clippers-Lakers game at Staples Center tonight. Clips owner Steve Ballmer, uh ... enjoyed it? I think that's what he's doing, here? Enjoying? That or just straight-up raging out. I can't really tell.
The Wall Street Journal reckons that ESPN is about to launch a service that will allow you to stream live NBA games without needing a TV service. Which, if true, would be pretty neat!
Pro athletes lead a very luxurious life, with trainers ensuring they're always in top physical shape. But they still travel in cramped airplanes that weren't designed for seven-footers. Teague design firm and Nike have come up with a solution: a super-luxurious concept jet that caters to a team's every need.
Steve Ballmer, who just bought the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion and is also that guy who screamed "DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS!" at a conference one time, greeted Clippers fans at a fan festival today. He spent a good portion of his speech screaming like a crazy person, obviously.
Last year we gave you a heads-up about the poor quality of NBA League Pass Broadband, the NBA's shady auto-renew system for its online video offering, and the league's non-existent customer service. Has the league finally gotten its act together for this season's edition? After several weeks of attempting to use the…
Here are the jewels that'll adorn the feet of the world's greatest basketball player LeBron James for the upcoming basketball season. They look like they're brilliantly cut like a diamond. They look like something Iron Man might wear in his future. They also look like something an outer space alien version of The…
While watching sports, have you ever stopped (midway through a bowl of Cheetos) to wonder, "How far are those guys actually running?" It's a common question, one that's historically been subject mostly to guesswork, Thanks to some recent technological developments, though, we can now actually apply some data to it.
Basketball is a complicated sport. It's got fewer traditional positions than any other team sport, but no less specialization, and far more fluid movement than many others. Two "point guards" can play drastically differently and still play the same basic position. Muthu Alagappan's research makes some sense of that.
That video up top is a play from a New York Knicks game agains the Toronto Raptors. It was captured and created using a video system called SportVU, which is licensed by 15 NBA teams from Stats LLC. Basically, they track where every player is for every second of every game. And for the first time, one of those teams
Stats obsession has been the provenance of baseball's sabermetricians for the last several decades. But if your data-crunching heart belongs to basketball, you've finally got a datum-filled palace to call home. Meet NBA Stats. It's... comprehensive.
Steve Ballmer rules and now he rules even more because he's supposedly about to buy the Sacramento Kings and move them back to Seattle. We'll now open the floor to team name ideas.
The iPhone 5 looks to be sturdier than its delicate baby glass predecessor, but all of these drop tests are dodging one crucial question: can the Knicks' 6-foot-5 point guard use it as a basketball?
If you like sports and awesome data visualization, you will love these posters, which can be printed to order in beautiful paper. You can choose the final playoffs of every major sport event since 1903—427 brackets from the American MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLS to the European Champions League, the UEFA Euro and FIFA's…
The NBA is making Twitter-themed t-shirts with a hashtag and the team's logo on the front, and a star player's Twitter handle on the back. It's calling these "____ Has Handle." They are impossibly stupid and ugly and horrific and oh my god I want one.
My favorite academics are the ones who dare to tackle projects that many people think are pointless. Like Kirk Goldsberry, an assistant professor of geography at Michigan State University, who has mapped five years of NBA scoring.
So today represented a
typically uneventful and depressing day for the ongoing NBA labor negotiations. Commissioner Stern and the players' union are going to meet again at noon tomorrow, but talks haven't been very productive, and I need some goddamn NBA basketball. Here are some proactive ways you…
If you go to NBA.com or any official NBA team website, you won't see any pictures of current basketball players, no Kobe, Lebron, Durant, nobody. Why? It's because the NBA isn't allowed to post pictures of any of their players.