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Dec 16, 2013
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The best charts of 2013

Drew Sheppard made one of the most impressive sports visualizations of the year, overlaying every single shot taken by the Heat’s Lebron James in the last game of the NBA finals. It’s 60 minutes presented in 10 important seconds. Yahoo has more on the image.

Stuff like this makes me want to get into sports.

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via Dave Gray’s newsletter

The best charts of 2013

Drew Sheppard made one of the most impressive sports visualizations of the year, overlaying every single shot taken by the Heat’s Lebron James in the last game of the NBA finals. It’s 60 minutes presented in 10 important seconds. Yahoo has more on the image.

Stuff like this makes me want to get into sports.

Filed under: animated GIFs

via Dave Gray’s newsletter

(via yahoosports)

Nov 11, 2012
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Wayne Coyne at the basketball game

Sam Anderson wrote a great piece in today’s NYTimes magazine about the rise of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The team is so popular with the city that even basketball non-fans like Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne goes to the games:


  Coyne admits that at Thunder games, he doesn’t always understand what’s going on. “It’s not like a Steven Spielberg-scripted event when you’re there,” he told me. “You’re like, Well, did we win? I’m confused. Did they win? And then you look up and you’re like, Well, is the game over?”
  
  He said he has been yelled at by other fans for cheering for Kobe Bryant. (“That was wicked! Who is that?” he shouted the first time he saw Kobe score. The crowd told him that it was Kobe and suggested, forcefully, that he stop cheering for him. “But that was wicked!” Coyne responded.)


I can so relate.

Wayne Coyne at the basketball game

Sam Anderson wrote a great piece in today’s NYTimes magazine about the rise of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The team is so popular with the city that even basketball non-fans like Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne goes to the games:

Coyne admits that at Thunder games, he doesn’t always understand what’s going on. “It’s not like a Steven Spielberg-scripted event when you’re there,” he told me. “You’re like, Well, did we win? I’m confused. Did they win? And then you look up and you’re like, Well, is the game over?”

He said he has been yelled at by other fans for cheering for Kobe Bryant. (“That was wicked! Who is that?” he shouted the first time he saw Kobe score. The crowd told him that it was Kobe and suggested, forcefully, that he stop cheering for him. “But that was wicked!” Coyne responded.)

I can so relate.

May 04, 2012
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Kobe stealin’ moves

gotemcoach:


“THE IRON LEG”
Dirk Nowitzki showed the world his step back jumper.  Kobe Bryant watched Dirk win the 2010-2011 NBA Championship.  Now, Kobe shoots Dirk’s step back jumper.
Some people might slight Bryant for so clearly jacking “The Iron Leg.”  Not me.  I think it’s incredible.  And awesome.
[slideshow of each version]
Dirk created the best post-Olajuwon post move in basketball, Kobe understood it’s value, and put it in his game.  That’s why he’s great — anything to get better.  Last night, Bryant used it in the Playoffs.
You know, imitation is the highest form of flattery, but before you go thinking Kobe’s handing out compliments…

“I improved his move.  I can shoot mine from the three-point line.  He can’t do that… Dirk does it well, I do it better.  Mine’s a little sexier.”
-Kobe Bryant

#GotEmCoach


If you’ve read Steal Like An Artist, you’re already familiar with this Kobe quote on theft:


  There isn’t a move that’s a new move. There’s nothing that hasn’t been done before. I seriously have stolen all of these moves from all these great players…I just try to do them proud, the guys who came before, because I learned so much from them. It’s all in the name of the game. It’s a lot bigger than me.


Previously: Stealing moves

Kobe stealin’ moves

gotemcoach:

“THE IRON LEG”

Dirk Nowitzki showed the world his step back jumper.  Kobe Bryant watched Dirk win the 2010-2011 NBA Championship.  Now, Kobe shoots Dirk’s step back jumper.

Some people might slight Bryant for so clearly jacking “The Iron Leg.”  Not me.  I think it’s incredible.  And awesome.

[slideshow of each version]

Dirk created the best post-Olajuwon post move in basketball, Kobe understood it’s value, and put it in his game.  That’s why he’s great — anything to get better.  Last night, Bryant used it in the Playoffs.

You know, imitation is the highest form of flattery, but before you go thinking Kobe’s handing out compliments…

“I improved his move.  I can shoot mine from the three-point line.  He can’t do that… Dirk does it well, I do it better.  Mine’s a little sexier.”

-Kobe Bryant

#GotEmCoach

If you’ve read Steal Like An Artist, you’re already familiar with this Kobe quote on theft:

There isn’t a move that’s a new move. There’s nothing that hasn’t been done before. I seriously have stolen all of these moves from all these great players…I just try to do them proud, the guys who came before, because I learned so much from them. It’s all in the name of the game. It’s a lot bigger than me.

Previously: Stealing moves

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Aug 21, 2011
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There isn’t a move that’s a new move. There’s nothing that hasn’t been done before. I seriously have stolen all of these moves from all these great players…I just try to do them proud, the guys who came before, because I learned so much from them. It’s all in the name of the game. It’s a lot bigger than me.
— Kobe Bryant on stealing from great NBA players (I know almost nothing about basketball, so @mattthomas gave me a little bit of context: “Kobe’s interesting b/c, perhaps more than any other player, his game is based on his watching of videos of other players. Kobe’s gotten flack for this from players who learned to play ‘on the street’ while he learned to play ‘watching tapes.’ Kobe grew up overseas as part of the first generation where VHS tapes were ubiquitous. Tapes were his teachers. Kobe downplays Michael Jordan in this clip (cf. Bloom’s Anxiety Of Influence) but MJ’s “Come Fly with Me” & “Playground” are key texts.”)

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Stealing moves

Lots of folks have talked about creative theft in art and writing, but not so much in the realm of sports. Luckily, I have Twitter buddies who are geeks *and* interested in sports. (Thanks, @TWalk @Mattthomas & @tcarmody!)

Kobe Bryant on his influences:

There isn’t a move that’s a new move. There’s nothing that hasn’t been done before. I seriously have stolen all of these moves from all these great players…

Mike Miller, quoted in an NYTimes article about USA players importing “The Euro Step” move:

That’s the beauty of basketball….If you’re a basketball player and you want to get better, you’re going to take things from everybody. They take stuff from what we do. We take stuff from what they do.

Allen Iverson in this terrific video on the evolution of the crossover move:

I’m pretty sure there’s gonna be some guy who come along that’s gonna learn it and get it better than I got it and his is gonna be better than mine. Hopefully it’s my son.

And Kobe, again:

I just try to do them proud, they guys who came before, because I learned so much from them. It’s all in the name of the game. It’s a lot bigger than me.

Okay, back to work.

Jun 15, 2009
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You gotta have fun…this is the stuff we were doing when we were kids. I’m still a kid at heart. I still feel like I’m in the driveway…playing basketball and just dreaming…
Kobe Bryant on basketball
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