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Tracking the Knicks with SportVU

Last Friday, NBA.com made SportVU player tracking data available to the public for the first time. It’s just the latest development in the fast-moving basketball analytics revolution, but it portends a massive shift, not only in how we watch games, but also how we value players, rate coaches and evaluate front office decisions. Using cameras perched… More

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Same As It Ever Was

Dawn breaks over Gotham and a new season of basketball is upon us. James Dolan, mercurial owner of the New York Knicks, strolls anonymously through Madison Square Park, headphones piping the Talking Heads’ “Once In a Lifetime” to that curious space between his ears. Even at this hour, there is a palpable energy on the streets. Dolan… More

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The Inevitability of Chris Smith

nep·o·tism noun \ˈne-pə-ˌti-zəm\ Favoritism shown or patronage granted to relatives, as in business. If you’re reading this, chances are, like me, you’re the type of Knickerbocker fan that deconstructs, debates and obsesses over each and every personnel move that the franchise makes. Call me overzealous, call me fanatic, just don’t ever say that my proclivities… More

Player Profile: Tyson Chandler

PLAYER: Tyson Chandler CONTRACT: 2 years, approximately $14.35 million per year ACQUISITION DETAILS: Signed to a four-year $55 million-plus deal following the end of the lockout in December 2011. WHAT TO EXPECT OFFENSIVELY: In short, Chander is the antithesis of a box of Forrest Gump’s chocolates: you always know what you’re gonna get. The 31-year-old center… More

SCHOENE Baloney?

Quantitative analysis is great, isn’t it? I make my living working for [insert name of very well known investment bank here], and I spend my days supplying financial data to institutional investors that guides their investment decisions. Essentially, titans of industry use my data to create projection models for how stocks will perform in the… More

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Player Profile: C.J. Leslie

PLAYER: C.J. Leslie CONTRACT: 1 year, $490,180 (partially guaranteed, fully guaranteed after January 7, 2014) ACQUISITION DETAILS: Undrafted free agent out of N.C. State, signed by the Knicks to a one-year contract (with a team option for a second year) on July 8. WHAT TO EXPECT OFFENSIVELY: It is an exceedingly rare thing for a… More