They Call Me Coach By: John Wooden
The critically acclaimed, classic autobiography of UCLA Basketball's legendary coach
"What Knute Rockne was to football, Connie Mack to baseball, and Wilbur and Orville
Wright to flying, John Wooden is to Basketball." -- Los Angeles Times " They
Call Me Coach is grassroots Americana, a story bigger than Basketball. One of those rare
sports books that is must reading for everyone." -- Chicago Tribune Now featuring a
great new look and a Foreword by hoop Hall of Famer Bill Walton, this classic bestselling
sports bio by America's "winner coach" is back. Still charming fans
everywhere, college Basketball legend John Wooden reflects on his record-breaking career,
his inspired life behind the scenes, and how his top players went on to shape and change
the NBA. With worldly wisdom, Wooden offers a very personal history of an unforgettable
time in college Basketball, answering the most-asked questions about his life, his career,
and the players who made his team unbeatable.....
29/06/06: Blocked or Altered Shot ? By definition (see our Global Basketball Directory ) a blocked
shot occurs when a defensive player successfully and legally deflects a shot from an
offensive player by touching and rejecting the ball on its way to the basket, and before
it has reached its highest point, in order to prevent from a field goal.
In order to be a legal action, the block
must occur while the shot is traveling upward. It is heading downward when the
defender hits it, it is ruled a goaltending
and counts as a made basket.
27/06/06: "Total fouls called are down
last year, with an average of 46.47 in total fouls being called per game ( compared to
48.17 last year ).
The average number of calls by the 3 veteran officials who call the most total fouls is
about 51, with the high being his crews calling 52.07 fouls per game. On the low
side, the average of veteran officials who call the least fouls is about 42.5 for
Suggesting a variance in foul calls between certain veteran officials can run
approximately 18 pct from game to game.
The average number of travels called this year is 2.49. This compares to
2.1 at the end of last year. The variance between high and low, is 4.17 for one veteran
officials crews and 1.44 for another veteran officials crew. Meaning that the highest
officials crews will call traveling almost 3x as often as the official whose crews
call it the least.
Defensive 3 seconds is called on average .89 times per game this year,
.59 times per game this time last year. The average number ofcalls
by the 3 veteran officials who call def 3 the most is 1.7x per game. The least, 0.55x per
game, or a factor of about 3.
Offensive fouls are called on average 4.6 times per
game, compared to 5.16 times per game last year. The average number of calls by the 3 vet
officials crews who call it the most is about 6 per game. The average for the 3
officials crews that call it the least is 3.3.
Last year for offensive fouls, the average number of calls by the 3 veteran officials who
call offensive fouls the most is 7 per game. The least, 3.6 per game.
There are .609 techs called per game this year compared to .724 per game
last year. The top and bottom averages are about 1.1 per game
vs. .25 per game.
Last by not least, is offensive 3 seconds. There are .70 called per game
vs. .794 called per game last year and .552 the year before. This year the top
and bottom averages are about 1.25 per game vs. 0.25 game, or about a 500 pct variance.
As you can see, different officials use their professional
judgment differently, which is
exactly what you would expect." the mark cuban weblog
23/06/06: Excerpt of the module edited today at the eBA 107
- Game Stats Register about "Statistics & Statisticians":
...."The Basketball Team Statistician must have the skills to control,
verify and examine once again his work all the time, in order to avoid mistakes.
He must confront all his work against the play-by-play, being vitally necessary
a team work.
Because no one person can register stats strictly correctly, the Statistician and the
rest of the staff must be constantly talking to each other, and, as we believe, they must
wait for the post game video analysis for the accurate stats.
The Basketball Team Statistician must be capable to read and understand a
technical statisticians guide and make deep analysis having the ability to make
sound decisions during the game....."
...."Basketball Team Statistician as a Professional
Career: From the eBA System requirements point of view the Basketball
statistician must do this work on a full-time basis and must be eligible
for a good compensation: as we are speaking about a professional career as a sports
statistician. Although the reality show us that most persons who do sports
statistics do this on a part-time basis and are paid, sometimes, only for the day for
individual games. It must be understood that the 'Basketball game analysis' is not a
matter of collect sports results and provide the leagues and the media with
significant information for their clients different and varied needs. ......"."
Next Module Exposition on Friday 07/07/06, 04:00 GMT.
20/06/06: Like every year the Independiente Athletic
Club from the City of Cosquín, Córdoba, Argentine Republic, organize during the next
days October 26, 27, 28 & 29, an international competitive tournament for cadets and
juniors under the denomination "Damn the Vices Bless the Sports".
In the 9th. edition performed last year participated 121 teams which in 7 stadiums and
during three days played 220 games. Without any doubt this is the more important
tournament of the world because there is no antecedent of nothing similar, and the
organizers are making gestations to inscribe this event in The Guinness Book of Records.
This year were sent more than 4.000 invitations to Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay,
Ecuador, Perú, Colombia, Venezuela, Brasil, Honduras, Costa Rica, República Dominicana,
Panamá, Nicaragua; Puerto Rico; Cuba, EE.UU., Canadá, España; Francia;
Argelia del Sud, Africa, etc. From this Coach's Corner we'll keep you up-to-date in
relation with this singular initiative.
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
18/06/06 - About Playing for Argentina in Japan:
"It's a great satisfaction to represent your country, I think it's a dream come true
for any player. Sometimes you don't value it as much when you are actually involved in a
tournament but as time goes by, the significance of what you achieve hits you. As a player
you know the sacrifices you have done, the hard work you put in throughout the year so
it gives me a lot of joy to be a part of the national team again....."
About FIBA World Championship in Japan: ""We know the
challenge it's going to be for us to progress to the second round because we know that
even any team, regardless of their name and history, will be complicated. Players have an
added incentive to play above their best level when they are representing their country in
such a prestigious tournament. Therefore, no game will be easy."...."
About his future in the NBA: "I would love to go to the NBA. One always has
the dream of playing in the strongest league in the world and if that opportunity comes
along, I will take it. But I don't lose any sleep over it. The Spanish league has nothing
to envy with respect to the United States, the organization here is fantastic and
we play at a very high level...."
About his life and the tragedy: "When the car accident happened in 2003, and I
lost my mother, my sister and my fiancée, and exactly one year later, my father passed
away, I really considered leaving Basketball. It seemed stupid to carry on because I
played for my family and after the accident, I had no motivation whatsoever. I admit I
still find it difficult today to find that extra incentive that I had when I played prior
to the accident. I see things different now, I assume things as they are. Basketball helps
me not to think about those things. It is a demanding sport, you train a lot, you travel a
lot and you play many games, it's a distraction. I try to think about the future
and what's next and not look back because if you do that, you are lost...." Walter Herrmann Heinrich, Venado Tuerto, Santa Fé Argentina - Born
09/06/06: Excerpt of the module edited today at the eBA 107
- Game Stats Register about "Free Throws
...."Free Throw Modifier: Basketball analysts express statistics in terms of
possessions, so they need to make an adjustment for the fact that two free throws do not
always constitute a possession. Three-point plays, three-shot fouls, and
increase the number of free throws per possession. Therefore, those analysts need to use
something less than 0.5 when multiplying by free throes to calculate possessions and
revealed that the appropriate multiplier is 0.44. eBA System doesn't uses "Free Throw
Modifier" but the exact number of times reached the line by each team and player....
...."Free throw shooting in Basketball is a task which falls into
two broad categories of sports skills. First, it is a task of accuracy. Second, it
requires sub maximal velocity for most populations of players. Because of the
velocity demands, there are endless combinations of segmental contributions in conjunction
with numerous projection angles and velocities which can result in shots which directly or
indirectly fall through the basket. In addition to the segmental actions which contribute
to shooting performance, there may be other actions which are extraneous to performance.
These non-related characteristics can be termed style. Since the identification of
characteristics which are consistently employed by skilled performers and conspicuously
absent in poor performers may lead to improved teaching and coaching, this study was
conducted to analyze selected biomechanical parameters of free throw shooting by players
of varying skill......"."
Next Module Exposition on Friday 23/06/06, 04:00 GMT.
The roundball revolution continues, and John Hollinger is El Jefe. With
the Pro Basketball Forecast, Hollinger takes an in-depth and insightful look at the
game. Downplayed are all the per-game statistics; in their place are points, rebounds, and
assists per forty minutes. Hollinger also examines how many possessions each player uses
and what percentage of his teams rebounds he collects. Why? Because teams use
players in different ways, and comparing everyone on an even scale makes much more sense.
When is a player averaging ten points a game more valuable than one
averaging fifteen? How about if he plays twenty minutes to the latters forty and
plays for a team that walks the ball up the court instead of fast-breaking? If hes
given a starting position or traded to a new team, he could "unexpectedly" break
outunexpected to everyone but Forecast readers, that is. Hollinger shows you
which players, given more time or a fresh start, can ratchet their game up to all-star
levels. He also shows which ones are scoring more than their backups solely because of
proportion of time and should find themselves on the bench more this year.
On top of all this, Hollinger also continues to improve his
groundbreaking method of valuing a players personal defense and sharpens his
projections for regulars, offering predictions for the forthcoming season. Hollinger adds
his thoughts on every teamwhere theyve been and where theyre
goingas well as a discussion of every player and draft pick. You may watch hoops,
but you havent seen everything until youve seen the Forecast.
About the Author
JOHN HOLLINGER authored the 200203 and 200304 editions of the Pro Basketball
Prospectus. He also writes columns on Basketball for SI.com, the New York Sun, and
Basketball Digest. Since 1996, hes spearheaded a more analytical approach to pro
Basketball from his Web site, Alleyoop.com. Hollinger lives in Atlanta, USA.