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Thunder’s Brooks earns spot as West coach in All-Star Game

via www.nba.com NEW YORK -- Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks will coach the Western Conference All-Stars for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game to be played on Sunday, Feb. 16, at New Orleans Arena. The Thunder (36-10, .783) clinched the best record in the Western Conference through games played Feb. 2, by virtue of the Portland Trail Blazers' loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Jan. 28. Frank Vogel and his Indiana Pacers coaching staff will lead the Eastern Conference All-Stars, as the Pacers clinched the best record in the conference by [...]

By |2019-08-27T09:08:10-04:00January 29th, 2014|What We're Reading|

Memphis Grizzlies Draft 8-Year-Old Boy with Cerebral Palsy

Via Today.com Charvis Brewer, an 8-year-old super-fan of the Memphis Grizzlies, has bragging rights that most children can only dream about. On Sunday, the basketball team drafted Charvis as its newest and youngest member. The ceremony, complete with a mock press conference, team photograph and visit to the locker room, was orchestrated by Make-A-Wish, a non-profit wish-granting organization for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Charvis has cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that confines him to a wheelchair. His mother, Colissa Brewer, and a home health aide tend to his [...]

By |2019-08-27T09:08:10-04:00January 15th, 2014|What We're Reading|

Trail Blazers Coach Terry Stotts’ Long Road to the Top

Via ESPN.com In the spring of 1988, Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts was preparing to accept a job offer from Upjohn pharmaceuticals. He’d spent the eight years since graduating from the University of Oklahoma bouncing around the basketball world: cut after three months from a professional team in Italy; three seasons playing for George Karl in the Continental Basketball Association; a season in Spain; two seasons in France wrapped around years earning an MBA degree back in Oklahoma. When Upjohn called, he was 30 years old [...]

By |2019-08-27T09:08:10-04:00January 15th, 2014|What We're Reading|

Toronto Raptors Coach Dwane Casey Wants Team to Avoid Friendly Greetings with Opponents

Via Toronto Sun   For a man that knows the value of physically dominating an opponent, Dwane Casey isn't a big fan of all the friendly exchanges between teams once the whistle blows. Whether it's the pre-tipoff hugs or the bum pats during a game or even helping an opponent up from the hardwood, the Raptors coach would just as soon leave all the niceties until after the game. And slowly, he's getting his team to come around to his way of thinking. "Not as much," Casey said [...]

By |2019-08-27T09:08:10-04:00January 15th, 2014|What We're Reading|

Oklahoma City’s Scott Brooks is a “Player’s Coach”

Via NewsOK.com   For the Monday Oklahoman, I wrote about Kendrick Perkins and his Celtic ties. You can read that column here. I also had a conversation with injured Boston star Rajon Rondo, who isn’t giving interviews but agreed to chat about his old pal Perk. And one of the things I asked him is how Perkins likes it in Oklahoma City. “He’s happy where he is,” Rondo said. “He likes the organization, he loves Coach Brooks.” That’s something we forget. How much of an impact Scotty Brooks has his [...]

By |2019-08-27T09:08:10-04:00January 13th, 2014|What We're Reading|

Twitter May Soon be Offering Analytics to Everday Users

Via TechCrunch.com Twitter has begun experimenting with an account, called @AchievementBird, that will direct message you ‘achievements’ that you earn with your tweets. The account is protected but has granted follows in the past few days. Once you’re on the list, the account will occasionally send you messages about how one of your tweets has performed. Xero engineer Owen Williams noted the account on Twitter, as well as a couple of the messages that he had received so far: One of my tweets was ‘used in an article’ and AchievementBird notified [...]

By |2019-08-27T09:08:10-04:00January 13th, 2014|What We're Reading|

10 Web Analytics Trends for 2014

Via Mashable.com Last year was a great year in the web analytics world. We saw awesome advancements from just about every vendor in the web analytics industry. Some of my favorite achievements of the past 12 months were: -Google rolled out the Google Tag Manager to the masses and launched very cool functions such as auto event tracking. -The addition of demographic data in Google Analytics has led to amazing insights. -Adobe launched a new (much improved) interface to Adobe Analytics which showed how useful a web analytics [...]

By |2019-08-27T09:08:11-04:00January 9th, 2014|What We're Reading|

This Man Wants to Make the NBA a Social Network — And Take It Global

Via wired.com One Thursday night in May, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Vivek Ranadive pulled a Sacramento Kings basketball jersey over his purple pinstripe dress shirt and walked onstage as 10,000 people roared. The crowd packed Cesar Chavez Plaza in downtown Sacramento to celebrate Ranadive’s $534 million acquisition of the team and his promise to keep it in town for at least 35 years. The words “Long Live the Kings” filled a huge video screen behind him. Many in the audience held phones aloft, snapping pictures and sending tweets. The [...]

By |2019-08-27T09:08:11-04:00January 7th, 2014|What We're Reading|

Mark Cuban Explains Why Coach Rick Carlisle is One of the Best

Via Dallas News Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban recently joined Ian Eagle and Steve Kerr on SiriusXM NBA Radio. Here are some highlights. On what makes Rick Carlisle such a good coach: “I think there are a couple of things. One, he’s completely open-minded, and he’s always learning. He’s not set in his way, whether it’s using analytics and intergrading them to learning how to communicate better so they can absorb what he’s saying. It’s interesting when you go into the locker room before a game, it’s not [...]

By |2019-08-27T09:08:11-04:00December 13th, 2013|What We're Reading|