The Last Stand Of Manu Ginobili NBA Unicorn

Once it becomes apparent a star player’s career has begun winding down, it’s a ritual among NBA fans to hit the crates and dig out the old hits. Kobe’s got the 81, but what about that 48 and 16 in Game 4 against the Kings in 2001? Sure, Jordan gave the Knicks the double nickel in 1995, but have you watched the highlights on that 51-point game as a 38-year-old lately? Good golly. On and on down the line — Magic’s 42-15-7 when he was forced to play center as a rookie, Hakeem’s prolonged annihilation of David Robinson’s Spurs in 1995 playoffs — the impactful moments of a star player’s career are preserved in the box score fossil record.That’s how things go for the NBA’s most venerated stars. Just not for Manu Ginobili, who will turn 40 this July and finds his San Antonio Spurs down 3-0 to the Golden State Warriors.Ginobili, who could potentially play his last game in tonight’s Game 4, is unlike any other star of his caliber in that his game logs never quite captured his effect on the court. Ginobili’s career was borne out in moments. And pulling a moment out of a Play Index can be difficult.Mostly, this came down to playing time. Ginobili has averaged just 25.8 minutes per game for his career and had just two seasons in which he played more than 30 per game, leaving him without the per-game numbers of his peers. But dig into his per-minute stats, and you begin to see his true effect in the game.By Win Shares per 48 minutes since 1960, Ginobili career number is 28th, just behind Dirk Nowitzki. If we refine that to just the first 10 years of a player’s career — since dinosaurs like Manu and Dirk get docked points for playing a bunch of years in their decline phase — Ginobili rises to 16th, tucked between Larry Bird and Jerry West. Minute for minute, Ginobili out-produced contemporaries such as Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett, though he was never asked to carry a team the way they were, either.It’s franchise-player talent stuffed into a super-sub role, and it makes it difficult to find a historical comparison for Ginobili. His comps via Basketball Reference’s similarity score, for instance, contain a puzzling mix of Terry Porter, Jeff Hornacek and Allen Iverson — three profoundly unsimilar players. (My notion for Manu’s aesthetic comparison was always a stubbier Tracy McGrady, but Ginobili’s catch-all style makes him comparable to any tallish All-NBA level guard from the 3-point era.)Yet even among those allegedly similar players, Ginobili’s career stands apart from the others, again, owing to his minutes. We can quantify the number of “big game” performances using John Hollinger’s Game Score, a measure of how well a player played in a given contest. A 20-game score is something like Ginobili’s 27-point, five-assist, three-steal performance in Game 3 of the 2010 Western Conference semis; 30-game score is more like a 40-point, nine-assist, six-rebound performance from 2005. Ginobili’s short minutes meant that while he was producing at a Larry Bird level possession by possession, he had fewer big game lines than Hersey Hawkins. Lenny Wilkins85.7—–—– NO. OF GAMES WITH A GAME SCORE OF … Manu Ginobili’s legacy runs deeper than single games Allen Iverson88.6381–92– Ray Allen85.4239–28– Eddie Jones87.6127–6– PLAYERSIMILARITY SCORE2030 Terry Porter89.8171–21– Hal Greer86.2—–—– Similarity scores for first 14 seasons of career. Game Score since 1983-84.Source: basketball-reference.com Vince Carter88.2267–57– Manu does have his share of signature games, such as a career-high 48-pointer against the upstart Suns in 2005. But his legacy runs deeper than single games. Ginobili made the eurostep’s side-to-side weave on the way to the rim as central to the modern game as the crossover or step-back. He was the posterboy for the rise of flopping, but he was also one of the first guards to combine a high free-throw rate with a high volume of 3s. By our homebrewed Morey Index, which finds the players who lean most heavily on three pointers and free throws,1Using the geometric mean of free-throw rate and 3-point attempt rate. Ginobili’s 2004-05 ranks 56th of all player seasons since 1980, with multiple other appearances in the top 100. He punctuated that season with a standout Game 2 of the 2005 Finals — back when Ginobili had hair and Al Michaels called basketball games — with 27 points on just eight field goal attempts, going 4 for 5 from 3 and 11 for 13 from the line.But not every piece of a player’s game can be quantified, and with Ginobili it feels as if more than most goes unaccounted for — whether it’s the no-look passes that were as much a danger to the cotton candy vendors as they were to defenders or the little funk he put on something as simple as an entry pass. Ginobili has always been reckless — he smashed the bat, and fouled Dirk and played with an abandon that had Gregg Popovich with one breath holding him up as an exemplar of competition, and with the next reminding him, “Manu: It’s f—ing September. Never do that again in September,” as quoted by ESPN.com. Every one of his minutes was a delight because you never knew what would happen next and, you suspected, neither did he.A lot of things can happen between now and the end of the Western Conference finals. The San Antonio Spurs may push the series to a gentleman’s sweep. They may even force the Golden State Warriors to six or seven games, or even take the series. But regardless of the outcome, the time we have left with the inimitable Manu Ginobili is running short. He has spent a career packing memorable moments into short minutes; we can hope he’s got one or two more on his way out. Manu Ginobili110–14– Jeff Hornacek89.2164–15– Hersey Hawkins85.3138–18– Jason Kidd87.8244–25– read more

Turks Caicos named in FIFA Gate scandal

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:fifa, fifa gate, jamie doward, jose maggulies, robert stephens Cayman Islands Football official arrested for money laundering Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Jun 2015 – Turks and Caicos is caught up in the scandalous FIFA Gate case, and according to a weekend report in the Jamaica Observer, this UK overseas territory figures prominently in the US Department of Justice 164 page indictment. So far 14 football officials and marketing executives have been arrested for alleged kickbacks in FIFA Gate. The article, written by Jamie Doward and Robert Stephens says: “British overseas tax havens play a key role in what US authorities have called “rampant, systemic and deep-rooted” corruption in the world of football… the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos, all tax havens – allegedly played a part in masking kickbacks between officials and executives.” The TCI was specifically implicated with the inclusion of defendant, marketing executive Jose Margulies who is said to have had a controlling stake in a firm called Somerton, based in the Turks and Caicos. According to the indictment, Margulies used the accounts of Somerton and a Panama-based firm to “mask the sources and beneficiaries of bribe and kickback payments”. Tax havens, not the kind of title these jurisdictions – including the TCI – embrace and yet the analysis by the Observer explains that the implication by the DOJ will cause a further clampdown on the banking sector. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Hope in colours and canvas

first_imgSome extra faith can never be a bad thing. The core theme of Ekta Jain’s paintings is  ‘Hope and never to despair’. The illuminated niches , rays of sun lighting up the dark crevices, beams of radiance dispelling the gloom are subtle statements occupying the focal point in her creations.Jain’s artwork is autobiographical and bears a close resemblance to her ‘never say die’ spirit and cheerful demeanor, finding vivid translation in her  formations and fabrications on the canvas. Her abstracts are reflective of hope and faith; of assurance and conviction of trust and optimism. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’There is a symmetrical oneness in her apparently diversified expressions like her name ‘Ekta’ which implies unity, uniformity, solidarity and homogeneity. Her play with colours started at a tender age till it metamorphosed into emphatic narrations. Her journey to urban spaces is punctuated by her desire to discover layers upon layers of soul’s responses to civility or lack of it. The innate desire led her to formulate and execute her concept without any formal exercise in art.Her paintings are like palimpsest. Elusive at times and evasive but at the end of it the works come across as strokes of hope and happiness.last_img read more

Nazi train with 200 million worth of treasure discovered

first_imgTwo treasure hunters claim to have found a mysterious Nazi train which disappeared on its way to Germany from Hungary in 1945 carrying guns, gems and other valuable items, including paintings estimated to be worth up to USD 200 million.A Pole and a German claim to have located the train and are seeking 10 per cent of the value of the findings.The 150-metre-long train disappeared in 1945, packed with guns, industrial equipment, gems and other valuable treasure. Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resortThe loot was from the then East Germany city of Breslau, now called Wroclaw and part of Poland, as the Red Army closed in at the end of World War II.It is believed that the train entered a tunnel near Ksiaz Castle in the mountainous Lower Silesian region and never emerged. The tunnel was later closed and its location long forgotten.Local authorities in Poland’s southwestern district of Walbrzych said they have been contacted by a law firm representing the two treasure hunters, ‘express.co.uk’ reported. Also Read – Pakistan Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesman“Lawyers, the army, the police and the fire brigade are dealing with this. The area has never been excavated before and we don’t know what we might find,” Markia Tokarska, a Walbrzych council officer said.Trains were used to spirit Nazi loot back to Berlin as US-led Allied and Soviet forces surged towards the German capital from the west and the east in 1945.In the case of the so-called “Gold Train”, Nazi forces sent 24 freight carriages from Budapest towards Germany, filled with family treasures.  These included gold, silver and paintings seized from Hungarian Jews and estimated to be worth up to$200 mn.last_img read more

Your Data Needs Regular Health Checkups Too

first_imgMarch 5, 2015 Labeling any data as “bad” feels a little bit like betrayal to the true data fanatic, but you know when the data you’re collecting is a little…well, under the weather. Website traffic suddenly drops to zero, you’re missing data when you run your reports and names appear in five different formats. By that same token, you know what healthy data looks like. It’s clear, easy to understand and ties into your overarching strategy.Still, it can be hard to discern whether your data is truly in tip-top shape, and unless it is, the information you glean from it isn’t going to propel your startup forward. It’s important to regularly assess your data infrastructure for quality and effectiveness to fuel your business in the most efficient way possible.The first step is creating a rubric so you can treat your data to a regular checkup. Here’s how to get started:1. Establish a metrics hierarchy.Look at your overarching business goals, and prioritize your metrics accordingly. To ensure your goals are balanced, focus on the five pillars of success: strategy, methodology, technology, implementation and adoption. Then, prioritize goals for each of the pillars so your rubric can gauge the well-being of every layer of your operation.Related: How Small Businesses Can Embrace Big Data2. Share the responsibility.When you know which metrics are important, hold yourself and your team accountable. Monitor your highest priorities yourself, setting a schedule for regular checkups. Plug it into your calendar so you don’t forget.Delegate other metrics, making sure everyone knows when and how they should be performing checkups and to whom they are reporting. Employees should be able to look at the metrics they’re responsible for and detect any shifts in purpose or outliers that could be attributed to errors.3. Create a rubric document.Craft a living, breathing document that will act as your data standards guide. It should outline answers to questions such as “Does the data we’re collecting tie into the overall strategy goals?” and “Does everybody understand best practices for naming and inputting data?”Establish a checklist so the manager of that metric can cross-check that the data is living up to your standards at regular intervals.Related: Data Crunch: 5 Analysis Tools for Small Businesses4. Make it easy.Your rubric should be accessible with the click of a button. It should be present on your team members’ dashboards in a digestible, intuitive format so your team can navigate it with ease. In data, there is such a thing as too many choices, so don’t create 20 reports if you only need five. There’s no point in empowering everybody to take control of data health when the checklist itself is unhealthy.5. Check early and often.Create your rubric as soon as you can. Establishing a data-driven culture is important as you grow, and it’s far easier to achieve this culture while your company is still young and mobile.Your rubric should be like any other teammate. It should be involved in every decision you make and every meeting you attend. Embed the rubric into your processes, and schedule regular group checkups so you can collectively track your team members’ data health and address any issues they might be facing.6. Don’t be afraid to change.The whole point of establishing metrics in the first place is to help you achieve your overall business goals. If the data you’re tracking turns out to be unrelated to your goals, shift your focus and reassess your hierarchy of metrics.Your company is in constant flux. Your definition of a “healthy company,” your priorities, your goals and the world around you will all change whether you like it or not. So your analytics system needs to grow with you.Integrating analytics into your company culture will reveal whether you have an ineffective data infrastructure. Backed by good data, you can keep striving toward those beautiful business goals with the knowledge that you’ll cross the finish line in great health.Related: How to Lay the Foundation for a Data-Driven Business With A/B Testing Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 4 min readlast_img read more