StatMan Sports Podcast https://statmanpodcast.com/episode-archives/ In the sports world where heated debates are part of its core, we often forget that the use of statistics and context tell the whole story not just opinion. You can count on host Steve Duffis, the Walking Sports Encyclopedia to bring you the up to date stories in full context. From NBA, NFL, Soccer and College. Fri, 15 May 2020 05:57:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 In the sports world where heated debates are part of its core, we often forget that the use of statistics and context tell the whole story not just opinion. You can count on host Steve Duffis, the Walking Sports Encyclopedia to bring you the up to date stories in full context. From NBA, NFL, Soccer and College. STEVE DUFFIS clean episodic STEVE DUFFIS business@statmanpodcast.com business@statmanpodcast.com (STEVE DUFFIS) ℗ & © 2018 StatMan Sports Podcast In the sports world where heated debates are part of its core, we often forget that the use of statistics and context tell the whole story not just opinion. You can count on host Steve Duffis, the Walking Sports Encyclopedia to bring you the up to date... StatMan Sports Podcast https://storage.buzzsprout.com/variants/Rm9Mmd4owyuh9Ftvm8agjVgU/8d66eb17bb7d02ca4856ab443a78f2148cafbb129f58a3c81282007c6fe24ff2?.jpg https://statmanpodcast.com/episode-archives/ Episode #76 | Crying MJ | The Last Dance Review EP07-EP08 https://statmanpodcast.com/episode-76-crying-mj-the-last-dance-ep07-ep08/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-76-crying-mj-the-last-dance-ep07-ep08 Wed, 13 May 2020 14:00:00 +0000 http://Buzzsprout-3740246 https://statmanpodcast.com/episode-76-crying-mj-the-last-dance-ep07-ep08/#respond https://statmanpodcast.com/episode-76-crying-mj-the-last-dance-ep07-ep08/feed/ 0 Chronicles of the new Crying MJ This week we continue exploring “The Last Dance” Episode 07 and 08 where we get Crying MJ, his leadership come into question, his baseball stint, the motivation after Michael’s dad past away, the “Double Nickel” game, and ultimately the 72-10 Chicago Bulls run.  If you haven’t listened to last... Chronicles of the new Crying MJ

This week we continue exploring “The Last Dance” Episode 07 and 08 where we get Crying MJ, his leadership come into question, his baseball stint, the motivation after Michael’s dad past away, the “Double Nickel” game, and ultimately the 72-10 Chicago Bulls run. 

If you haven’t listened to last week’s episode, I suggest you take a listen!

Sunday’s installments of ESPN’s The Last Dance showed the rude, the bad, and the ugly sides of Michael Jordan. And the happy, the sad, the devastated. During the two hours of episodes 7 and 8, we see Jordan endlessly berate his teammates; sob in the locker room after winning the 1996 NBA Finals on Father’s Day, three years after his dad was murdered; and punch Steve Kerr in the face after antagonizing him in practice.

Highlight of the Episode: Jordan Takes a Break

In 1993, Jordan quit basketball. He’s the last person you would imagine quitting anything, yet he quit the game altogether. Or that’s as much as fans knew at the time. “This was a young man who’d gone through some heartrending things,” Phil Jackson says in Episode 7. Jordan was still mourning his father, whom he was close to. James Jordan’s body had been found in a river just two months before MJ’s decision, and media later speculated without basis that Jordan’s gambling had something to do with the murder.

“This is a very bittersweet day,” Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf says. “There’s a certain sadness because the greatest athlete to ever play a team sport is leaving the game. But it’s really, for me, a very, very happy day, because somebody who I admire and respect is doing exactly what he wants to do. And I’m absolutely convinced that he’s doing the right thing.”

You sympathize with Crying Jordan. You dislike him. You admire him. He is, to use the cop-out of all cop-out clichés, a complicated man. The Last Dance was produced because Jordan approved the use of exclusive footage, and though most filmmakers try to avoid it, documentaries always—sometimes explicitly, sometimes subtly—end up taking sides.

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Michael Jordan laughing at Gary Peyton explaining how he slowed him down in the 1996 NBA Finals

But our attention quickly turns to Jordan and the Bulls winning another title in ’96. We remember that Jordan is the ultimate champion, despite the outbursts, and one sentiment sticks more than the other. This is how it goes with problematic athletes. Greatness overshadows nastiness. The Last Dance conveys the height of both with Jordan.

Episodes 09 and Episode 10 debut next Sunday at 9 PM EST on ESPN and ESPN2

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  • Why Michael led his way
  • The 95 Off-season Jordan Dome
  • Audio behind Michael’s 4th championship locker room infamous photo


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Chronicles of the new Crying MJ This week we continue exploring “The Last Dance” Episode 07 and 08 where we get Crying MJ, his leadership come into question, his baseball stint, the motivation after Michael’s dad past away, the “Double Nickel” game, This week we continue exploring "The Last Dance" Episode 07 and 08 where we get Crying MJ, his leadership come into question, his baseball stint, the motivation after Michael's dad past away, and ultimately the 72-10 Chicago Bulls run. Steve Duffis 32:43
Episode #75 | The Last Dance | EP05 & EP06 | MJ Off-court Grievances https://statmanpodcast.com/episode-75-the-last-dance-ep0506-michael-jordan/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-75-the-last-dance-ep0506-michael-jordan Wed, 06 May 2020 23:00:00 +0000 http://Buzzsprout-3651991 https://statmanpodcast.com/episode-75-the-last-dance-ep0506-michael-jordan/#respond https://statmanpodcast.com/episode-75-the-last-dance-ep0506-michael-jordan/feed/ 0 Michael Jordan’s gambling and Grudges In last week’s episode we highlighted MJ’s first championship and how Phil Jackson played a big role into all of this. This week we explore the main key highlights especially Michael Jordan’s grievances off the court, his gambling/competitive sides and how it affected him mentally during the infamous 1993 playoffs... Michael Jordan’s gambling and Grudges

In last week’s episode we highlighted MJ’s first championship and how Phil Jackson played a big role into all of this. This week we explore the main key highlights especially Michael Jordan’s grievances off the court, his gambling/competitive sides and how it affected him mentally during the infamous 1993 playoffs series v.s the Knicks.

Michael Jordan 1993 NBA Finals
CHICAGO – JUNE 18: Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls attempts a shot against Dan Majerle #9 of the Phoenix Suns in Game Five of the 1993 NBA Finals on June 18, 1993 at the Chicago Stadium in Chicago, Illinois. The Suns won 108-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1993 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

No one ever brings up how exhausting it was to be Michael Jordan. It doesn’t fit the narrative. He could outshoot you, out-hustle you, melt your defense, and stop you on the other end. He was a two-way player who gave it his all, and his all, of all the alls, trumped everyone else’s. His reputation isn’t all roses and rings. Jordan was—is?—kind of an asshole. 

That much is known, even championed. He gambles. A lot. Maybe too much. Definitely in the millions, but that’s not my money nor my card game. He broke many hearts when he said “Republicans buy sneakers, too.” Those actions suggest he’s inconsiderate, destructive, or self-centered. But none of them indicate exhaustion. Exhaustion is something else. Exhaustion is not a character flaw; it’s a sign of weakness. And there’s no mention of weakness in the Michael Jordan story.

But Jordan was tired.

At the end of the sixth episode, MJ is shown in the car with his friend, NBC broadcaster Ahmad Rashad. It’s April 1998, one week before the playoffs are about to begin, and the discussion around whether Jordan will really leave the game (again) is all anyone can talk about. Jordan drives out of his estate as iron gates with the number “23” on each side split open to let the two through. “I want to leave two years before my skills tell me I can’t play this game,” Jordan tells Rashad. “I don’t want to miss my time to go.”

Sunday’s episodes show the Bulls star’s frustration and fatigue, along with a handful of other iconic Jordan basketball stories—the kind that do fit in to his legend.

Episodes 07 and Episode 08 debut next Sunday on ESPN and ESPN2

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  • Michael Jordan’s Kobe story.
  • Who was the mastermind behind MJ getting to sign with Nike
  • The infamous 1992 Scrimmage.
  • Michael’s reasons for retiring the first time.


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Michael Jordan’s gambling and Grudges In last week’s episode we highlighted MJ’s first championship and how Phil Jackson played a big role into all of this. This week we explore the main key highlights especially Michael Jordan’s grievances off the cou... In last week's episode we highlighted MJ's first championship and how Phil Jackson played a big role into all of this. This week we explore the main key highlights especially Michael Jordan's grievances off the court, his gambling/competitive sides and how it affected him mentally during the infamous 1993 playoffs series v.s the Knicks. Steve Duffis 32:43
Episode #74 | The Last Dance Review EP03 and EP04 f.t Mario Broussard https://statmanpodcast.com/episode-74-the-last-dance-review-jordan-rules/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-74-the-last-dance-review-jordan-rules Wed, 29 Apr 2020 15:00:00 +0000 http://Buzzsprout-3553546 https://statmanpodcast.com/episode-74-the-last-dance-review-jordan-rules/#respond https://statmanpodcast.com/episode-74-the-last-dance-review-jordan-rules/feed/ 0 The Last Dance Review | Episode 03 and Episode 04 As we did last week, we continued with the The Last Dance documentary review. This time we break down Episode Three and Episode Four with a long time friend Mario Broussard who is a co-host himself on another TV show called Let’s Pray .  The... The Last Dance Review | Episode 03 and Episode 04

As we did last week, we continued with the The Last Dance documentary review. This time we break down Episode Three and Episode Four with a long time friend Mario Broussard who is a co-host himself on another TV show called Let’s Pray

The focus in the latest two episodes were about Phil Jackson, Dennis Rodman, and how they came together in order to facilitate the 1997-1998 Chicago Bulls championship run.

Before Rodman and Jordan shared a court, they were opponents: Rodman was a member of the Detroit Pistons, the hard playing bad boys who kept the Bulls from advancing to the NBA finals for several years. 

The Jordan Rules

Episodes three and four of “The Last Dance” focused heavily on the rivalry between the Bulls and the Pistons, flashing way back to the days before Jordan won his first title. That rivalry between the Bulls and Pistons hasn’t cooled over the decades. 

The Last Dance | The Jordan Rules
DETROIT – 1989: Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls drives to basket against the Detroit Pistons during the 1989 season NBA game in Detroit, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright 1989 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jordan began weight training after that 1990 loss, building up his body to better survive the scrum that he knew was going to come in the postseason when the two teams would meet again. For the 1990-91 season, things were different. The Bulls took down Detroit in four straight games, sweeping their longtime nemesis. In that final game, with time still left on the clock, most of the Detroit stars simply walked off the court, not shaking hands with Jordan and his Bulls.

Detroit star Isiah Thomas tried to explain the behavior in the documentary, saying that’s how things were done in those days. Jordan is asked to watch Thomas explain himself—but he remains visibly upset by the move.

“You can show me anything you want,” he says. “There’s no way you can’t convince me he wasn’t an asshole.”

The fire still burns strong, nearly 29 years later.

The show ends with Jordan’s first title, won against Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers. The clips of Jordan in his prime are amazing, stunning, a reminder of how great this man was when he was king of the court. 

Jordan and the Bulls capture their first championship in franchise history (June, 1991)
Michael Jordan holding first championship

Episodes 5 and 6 debut next Sunday.

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  • What we think of Michael Jordan’s mental strength
  • Did Scottie really have a migraine?
  • Isiah Thomas’ lie
  • Dennis Rodman’s mental health was a big problem
  • Carmen Electra was THE story


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The Last Dance Review | Episode 03 and Episode 04 As we did last week, we continued with the The Last Dance documentary review. This time we break down Episode Three and Episode Four with a long time friend Mario Broussard who is a co-host himself on a... As we did last week, we continued with the The Last Dance documentary review. This time we break down Episode Three and Episode Four with a long time friend Mario Broussard who is a co-host himself on another TV show called Let's Pray . The focus in the latest two episodes were about Phil Jackson, Dennis Rodman, and how they came together in order to facilitate the 1997-1998 Chicago Bulls championship run. Steve Duffis / Mario Broussard 1:01:14
StatMan – Episode #69: Coronavirus’ impact on major sports currently https://statmanpodcast.com/episode-69-coronavirus-impact-on-major-sports/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-69-coronavirus-impact-on-major-sports Tue, 10 Mar 2020 16:00:00 +0000 http://Buzzsprout-2972917 https://statmanpodcast.com/episode-69-coronavirus-impact-on-major-sports/#respond https://statmanpodcast.com/episode-69-coronavirus-impact-on-major-sports/feed/ 0 In today’s episode, Steve talks about the impact of the Coronavirus on major sports currently, the state of the players, precautions needed to be taken and how games in general will be affected on the basketball court, soccer fields, and NHL plains, and much much more. You’ll Also Learn Why 2 games doesn’t change the...

In today’s episode, Steve talks about the impact of the Coronavirus on major sports currently, the state of the players, precautions needed to be taken and how games in general will be affected on the basketball court, soccer fields, and NHL plains, and much much more.

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  • Why 2 games doesn’t change the narrative for NBA MVP front runner
  • Dak Prescott contract update
  • ESPN+ new PGA Tour Live deal

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EP69 - Coronavirus

Sports leagues and federations across the world are addressing the coronavirus outbreak.

Most North American sports leagues, including Major League Baseball, the NBA, the NFL and the NHL are monitoring the situation, with moves such as canceling or postponing games or holding events without spectators in attendance emerging as possibilities as the virus and COVID-19 continue to spread around the world.

Leagues in other parts of the world are taking action by canceling events and playing in empty stadiums.

NBA, MLB, MLS, NHL: In a joint statement, the four leagues announced Monday that all team locker rooms and clubhouses will be open only to players and essential team employees “until further notice.” The media will not be allowed in locker rooms.

NBA: In a memo sent Saturday, the league asked each team have a plan in place by Monday to handle the spread of the virus. The memo also recommended that teams’ traveling parties, which often include guests and support staff, be limited to “essential individuals only.” No plans have been made to cancel games or bar fans from attending. However, the league is asking teams to come up with contingency plans if one of them decides to ban spectators from games. In a statement, Staples Center encouraged fans who are planning to attend events at the arena to “engage in safe hygiene practices” and “stay home if they feel unwell.”

MLB: Commissioner Rob Manfred plans to discuss the coronavirus with team owners in a conference call Monday. But at this stage, the league plans to open the season in 2 1/2 weeks as planned. The league has established an internal task force to deal with issues related to coronavirus in the coming months, according to a memo sent to high-ranking baseball officials on Tuesday obtained by ESPN. The memo advises players not to shake hands with fans and not use pens and markers from fans to sign autographs.

NFL: NFL Media reported Tuesday that the league is “closely monitoring developments” related to the coronavirus and that it is still planning to hold the NFL draft in Las Vegas on April 23-25. The NFL’s annual meeting, which is attended by team owners, general managers and coaches, is still scheduled to be held March 29-April 1 in Palm Beach, Fla.

NHL: Commissioner Gary Bettman told the Associated Press that the league had not reached the point of considering games being played without fans. All NHL employees have been barred from traveling outside North America for business purposes. Scouts based in Europe have to stay in Europe or be quarantined upon arriving in North America, Bettman said.

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StatMan – Episode #68: Why the 2020 NBA MVP Is Over https://statmanpodcast.com/episode-68-why-the-2020-nba-mvp-is-over/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-68-why-the-2020-nba-mvp-is-over Tue, 03 Mar 2020 18:00:00 +0000 http://Buzzsprout-2905156 https://statmanpodcast.com/episode-68-why-the-2020-nba-mvp-is-over/#respond https://statmanpodcast.com/episode-68-why-the-2020-nba-mvp-is-over/feed/ 0 The 2020 NBA MVP is over and in this episode I will explain in detail why. Regardless of what criteria we use Giannis is the winner by a mile. Sometimes in the NBA award landscape, there is simply no need for debate. When one preeminent superstar soars above his contemporaries in such a convincing manner,...

The 2020 NBA MVP is over and in this episode I will explain in detail why. Regardless of what criteria we use Giannis is the winner by a mile.

Sometimes in the NBA award landscape, there is simply no need for debate. When one preeminent superstar soars above his contemporaries in such a convincing manner, those covering the league aren’t required to spend March and April fabricating a close battle.

Looking back to 2016, the only argument worth having was determining second-place. Stephen Curry completed an unprecedented season, winning 89.9% of the games he appeared in (71-8) while averaging 30 points and joining the 50-40-90 club. It led to the first unanimous decision. This was after Curry already breezed through the 2014-15 season, capturing his first MVP in another blowout vote.

Overall, the outside perception of a close race hasn’t mattered in the end. There is usually one candidate that separates himself, whether that’s in January or during a late-season push.

Since the voting process is on a points-based system, with fewer points awarded to those who finish lower on the five-player ballot, the results rarely indicate a close competition. Over the last six seasons, the average proportion of first-place votes landed by the NBA MVP winner has been 84.3%, with the lowest being Westbrook’s 2017 victory – which was still a meaningful margin. The average gap in total points between first and second place has been 301, with the smallest being the 2017 race (135).

Whether it’s because of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s location in a small-market, LeBron’s longevity, or the slightly stronger Western Conference, this strange idea of the 2020 MVP being a “tough choice” has surfaced and I find it laughable. 

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While it may come across as reductive to suggest an award race is over with 25-plus games remaining, let’s not forget this isn’t abnormal. It would be more bizarre if there wasn’t a clear-cut winner, based on the modern history of the MVP.

Going by “most outstanding,” which is how the award is determined nearly every time, nobody is touching the 25-year-old Antetokounmpo. He’s on the verge of being the 14th player in history with at least two NBA MVPs. He’ll also join Stephen Curry, Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, and LeBron James as the only players since 2000 to go back-to-back.

A common denominator among the greatest regular season teams in history is their MVP leading the way. The 1971 Bucks, who went 66-16 with the largest margin of victory ever, were guided by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s second-most impactful year. The 1996 Bulls, who stormed through the NBA with a 72-10 record, included Michael Jordan’s best season from start to finish. The 2016 Warriors, who eclipsed the Bulls’ record with 73 wins, became a near-unstoppable offense because of Stephen Curry’s earth-shattering scoring.

Why the 2020 NBA MVP race is over

Right now, 60 games in, these Bucks should be viewed in the same light. Thus, so should their leader.

With Milwaukee on pace to finish 71-11 (before the late-season resting kicks in), I was curious how Antetokounmpo’s season is matching up with Curry’s from 2016. They are extremely close in virtually everything that measures on-court impact:

Like I said in the initial statement; however you want to view this, Giannis is the runaway winner BUT…

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  • What criteria I use if I voted for the NBA MVP
  • Major League Baseball MVP voting system
  • Things we can do to fix the NBA MVP voting system

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The 2020 NBA MVP is over and in this episode I will explain in detail why. Regardless of what criteria we use Giannis is the winner by a mile. Sometimes in the NBA award landscape, there is simply no need for debate. The 2020 NBA MVP is over and in this episode I will explain in detail why. Regardless of what criteria we use Giannis is the winner by a mile.Sometimes in the NBA award landscape, there is simply no need for debate. When one preeminent superstar soars... Steve Duffis 1 34:23
Episode #67: Sports has a weird way of aligning things; Kobe Bryant Memorial & Events After https://statmanpodcast.com/episode-67-sports-alignment/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-67-sports-alignment Wed, 26 Feb 2020 02:00:00 +0000 http://Buzzsprout-2844052 https://statmanpodcast.com/episode-67-sports-alignment/#respond https://statmanpodcast.com/episode-67-sports-alignment/feed/ 0 That’s the main topic today but You’ll Also Learn Michael Jordan’s Crying Meme joke. Sabrina Ionescu NCAA Record on 2.24.20 Brady Beal’s historic 50 point back to back night since… Kobe Bean Bryant. James Harden 31 point half .. ties one of Kobe’s record in the last 20 years. 2. Resources StatMuse NBA NCAA Stats...

I’ve watched A LOT of sports and sometimes certain things just line up just perfectly. Sports has a weird way of aligning things that makes use wonder whether it was suppose to happen like that.

Sports has a interesting way of aligning things perfectly

Many athletes, teammates, coaches, and friends talked at Kobe and Gianna’s Memorial. They shared their intimate moments, pain, joys and laughters. We all laughed, cried and left there with some sense of healing.

Quick Kobe Memorial Recap

public memorial for Lakers great Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna was held Monday at Staples Center, bringing celebrities, athletes and fans together to celebrate their lives nearly one month after they were killed along with seven others in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, Calif.

  • The two-hour memorial included performances from Beyoncé Knowles and Alicia Keys, and funny heartfelt moments from Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal. Jordan delivered the one-liner of the day, saying: “I’m going to have to look at another crying meme.”
  • Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, spoke publicly for the first time since the crash, celebrating the quirks of her husband and daughter. “God knew they couldn’t be on this earth without each other,” she said.
  • Three of the biggest names in women’s basketball also spoke, a nod to Gianna’s involvement in the sport and Kobe’s support of her and the women’s game.

Tears and tributes flowed early and often at a memorial service for Kobe and Gianna Bryant on Monday, punctuated by moments of levity and optimism nearly one month after the N.B.A. star and his daughter died in a helicopter crash.

The ceremony at Staples Center lasted about two hours, with many luminaries from the basketball world and beyond paying their respects, and fans around Southern California and the rest of the world watching live.

“God knew they couldn’t be on this earth without each other,” Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, said in her first public comments since the crash. “He had to bring them home together.”

Shaquille O’Neal, who won three titles with Kobe Bryant as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers dynasty during the early-2000s, gave an amusing, tension-breaking speech at Bryant’s memorial — making light of their past disagreements.

“Kobe and I have pushed one another to play some of the greatest basketball of all time and I am proud that no other team has accomplished the three-peat the Lakers have done since Shaq-and-the-Kobe Lakers did it,” O’Neal said to cheers from the Staples Center crowd. “And yes, sometimes, like immature kids, we argued. We fought, bantered or insulted each other with off-handed remarks. Our feud. But make no mistake, folks thought we were on bad terms, when the cameras were turned off, he and I would throw a wink at each other.”

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by ETIENNE LAURENT/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (10565997g) Mourners are seated before paying their respect to NBA Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna’s memorial service at Staple Center in Los Angeles, California, USA, 24 February 2020. Bryant, his daughter Gianna ‘Gigi’ Bryant, Payton Chester, Sarah Chester, Alyssa Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, John Alobelli, Christina Mauser, and helicopter pilot, Ara Zobayan died in helicopter crash in a Calabassas hillside last month. Kobe and Gigi Bryant Memorial Service, Los Angeles, USA – 24 Feb 2020

That’s the main topic today but

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  • Michael Jordan’s Crying Meme joke.
  • Sabrina Ionescu NCAA Record on 2.24.20
  • Brady Beal’s historic 50 point back to back night since… Kobe Bean Bryant.
  • James Harden 31 point half .. ties one of Kobe’s record in the last 20 years.

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Episode #65: Damian Lillard deserves our respect https://statmanpodcast.com/episode-65-damian-lillard-respect/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-65-damian-lillard-respect Tue, 11 Feb 2020 14:00:00 +0000 http://Buzzsprout-2712544 https://statmanpodcast.com/episode-65-damian-lillard-respect/#respond https://statmanpodcast.com/episode-65-damian-lillard-respect/feed/ 0 Damian Lillard deserves our respect and the NBA body needs to show it by its actions here is why… Since the NBA introduced the three-point field goal in the 1979–80 season, the 50–40–90 shooting threshold has been reached by eight players: Larry Bird with the Boston Celtics Malcolm Brogdon with the Milwaukee Bucks Stephen Curry... Damian Lillard deserves our respect

and the NBA body needs to show it by its actions here is why…

Since the NBA introduced the three-point field goal in the 1979–80 season, the 50–40–90 shooting threshold has been reached by eight players:

Damian Lillard

Then there is Damian Lillard. He’s the first player in NBA history to average at least 40 points per game with 50/50/90 shooting splits over a 10-game span. Put some respect on this man’s name!

It doesn’t seem to matter what anybody tries to do in order to stop Damian Lillard right now, it’s not working. Double-teams, triple-teams, small guys, big guys — whatever.

Lillard went for 33 points Sunday night along with eight assists, four rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot as his Trail Blazers won their seventh out of their last 10 games, a 115-109 triumph over Miami.

During those 10 games, Lillard has scored more than 60 points once, 50 or more points twice, 40 or more points six times and 30 or more points eight times.

He has scored 30 or more in 25 games this season, fourth most in the NBA.

“We did about as good of a job as you can on Lillard,” Miami Coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We got the ball out of his hands, which is very hard to do, and then it ended up in Gary Trent’s hards and he made those shots.”

Trent is becoming a big (and sometimes only) Portland weapon off the bench. He hit five of his seven three-pointers and scored 22 points. The other three Trail Blazer players who came on in a reserve role did not score at all.

The 6-2, 195-pound Lillard found himself defended by 6-6, 235-pound Jae Crowder and 6-6, 215-pound Andre Iguodala at times Sunday and they weren’t gentle with him.

But lately, goaltending seems to be the only way to deny Lillard.

Are bigger, stronger defenders who can bump him around more becoming a common practice?

Aside from Damian’s ridiculous statistical streak,

  1. You’ll Learn
  • What changes Major League Baseball want to change for the 2022 playoffs.
  • Anthony Davis is averaging 5 minutes played… in the 4th quarter (NOT GOOD)
  • Why the Clippers are just better than the Lakers with numbers to prove it.

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Major League Baseball held a discussion with the players association last month, floating the idea of an expanded postseason format that would alter regular season scheduling, possibly push the game closer to a universal designated hitter and be the vehicle toward a possible extension of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, according to baseball sources familiar with the presentation.

The league’s presentation included these ideas:

• Seven teams in each league make the playoffs, up from the current five.

• The wild card games are replaced with a best-of-three wild card series.

• Playoff teams are seeded first by division winners and then by teams with the next four highest win totals. (Ties are broken by head-to-head series. No tiebreaker games for postseason entry or seeding will be held.)

• The No. 1 seed will get a first-round bye. On the Sunday night after teams play the last game of the regular season, a “selection show” will take place in which the No. 2 seed chooses which team it wants to play among the bottom three seeds (Nos. 5, 6 and 7). The No. 3 seed then makes its choice. The No. 4 seed plays the remaining club.

• The higher seed will host all three games in that round.

• The remainder of the postseason–Championship and World Series–remain unchanged. There is no re-seeding after the “wild card series” takes place.


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Episode #64: My Kobe Bryant Tribute (1978-2020) https://statmanpodcast.com/episode-64-my-kobe-bryant-tribute/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-64-my-kobe-bryant-tribute Tue, 28 Jan 2020 15:00:00 +0000 http://Buzzsprout-2597419 https://statmanpodcast.com/episode-64-my-kobe-bryant-tribute/#respond https://statmanpodcast.com/episode-64-my-kobe-bryant-tribute/feed/ 0 In today’s episode, my Kobe Bryant Tribute, I tried to keep my composure and failed miserable when talking about Kobe Bean Bryant and his influence in the basketball world, his personal life, my personal life and beyond. Anyone to knows me, understands my struggle at the moment but during this episode I hope you all,... In today’s episode, my Kobe Bryant Tribute, I tried to keep my composure and failed miserable when talking about Kobe Bean Bryant and his influence in the basketball world, his personal life, my personal life and beyond.

Anyone to knows me, understands my struggle at the moment but during this episode I hope you all, the listeners, go away with some joy and celebrate the life of the second best guard to ever touch basketball and in my humble opinion, the second greatest basketball player behind Michael Jordan.
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Kobe’s Death

At 9:06 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on January 26, 2020, a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter departed from John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, with nine people aboard: Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, six family friends and the pilot.[464][8][9][465] The helicopter was registered to the Fillmore-based Island Express Holding Corp., according to the California Secretary of State business database.[466] The group was traveling to a basketball game at Bryant’s Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks.[467]

Due to light rain and fog that morning, the LAPD helicopters[465] and most other air traffic were grounded.[468] The flight tracker shows that the helicopter circled above the L.A. Zoo due to heavy air traffic in the area. The helicopter circled the area six times at an altitude of around 850 feet (260 m). At 9:30 a.m. the pilot Ara Zobayan contacted the Burbank Airport’s control tower,[468] notifying the tower of the situation and was told he was “flying too low” to be tracked by radar.[469] At that time, the helicopter experienced extreme fog and turned south towards the mountains. At 9:40 a.m. the helicopter climbed rapidly from 1,200 to 2,000 feet (370 to 610 m) flying at 161 knots (298 km/h; 185 mph).[468]

At 9:45 a.m. the helicopter crashed into the side of a mountain in Calabasas, about 30 miles (48 km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles, and caught on fire. Bryant, his daughter, and the other seven occupants were killed. This also started a quarter-acre bush fire.[468] At 9:47 a.m. authorities were called. Personnel from the Los Angeles County Fire Department attended the scene, and paramedics rappelled from a helicopter to the scene to look for survivors. The fire was difficult to extinguish due to the presence of magnesium, but the fire had been extinguished by 10:30 a.m.[470][471] Initial reports indicated that the helicopter crashed in the hills above Calabasas in heavy fog.[472][473] Witnesses reported hearing a helicopter struggling before crashing.[464]

The Federal Aviation AdministrationNational Transportation Safety Board, and the FBI[465] have launched investigations into the crash.[474][475][476]

On January 28, Bryant’s identity was officially confirmed using fingerprints. The following day the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner stated that the official cause of death for him and the eight others on the helicopter was blunt force trauma.[477]
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The Undefeated Piece of Kobe’s two legendary career as 8 and 24

Here are some Kobe Bryant’s career accomplishments by the numbers:

  • 5-time NBA Champion
  • 2-time Finals MVP, one regular season MVP
  • 18-time All Star, 4-time ASG MVP
  • 11-All NBA First Team
  • 9-time All Defensive First Team
  • 2-time Scoring Champ
  • Slam Dunk Champion
  • 4th on NBA All-Time Scoring List


Points | 33,643 (25.0 ppg)
Rebounds | 7,047 (5.2 rpg)
Assists | 6,306 (4.7 apg)
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Who Was Kobe Bryant?

Kobe Bryant spent his early years in Italy and joined the NBA straight out of high school. A dominant scorer, Bryant won five NBA championships and the 2008 MVP Award with the Los Angeles Lakers. Although later seasons were marred by injuries, he surpassed Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA all-time scoring list in December 2014 and retired in 2016 after scoring 60 points in his final game. In 2018, Bryant earned an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for Dear Basketball. On January 26, 2020, he was in a helicopter crash that killed Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gigi and seven others.

Kobe Bryant’s Life in Photos

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Early Life

Kobe Bean Bryant was born on August 23, 1978, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Named after a city in Japan, Bryant is the son of former NBA player Joe “Jellybean” Bryant.

In 1984, after ending his NBA career, the elder Bryant took the family to Italy, where he played in the Italian League. Growing up in Italy alongside two athletic older sisters, Shaya and Sharia, Bryant was an avid player of both basketball and soccer. When the family returned to Philadelphia in 1991, Bryant joined the Lower Merion High School basketball team, leading it to the state championships four years in a row. With an eye on the NBA, he also started working out with the 76ers.

Though he boasted good grades and high SAT scores, Bryant decided to go straight to the NBA from high school. He was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 13th overall pick of the 1996 NBA draft and was subsequently traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.

NBA Career and Stats

In his second season with the Lakers, Bryant was voted a starter for the 1998 All-Star Game, becoming the youngest All-Star in NBA history at 19. The shooting guard then teamed up with superstar center Shaquille O’Neal to win three consecutive NBA championships and was voted first-team all-NBA from 2002-2004. He also inked multi-year endorsement deals with Adidas, Sprite and other top sponsors.

Although the Lakers struggled after O’Neal left in 2004, Bryant performed brilliantly. He scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors in January 2006, the second-highest single-game mark in NBA history, and led the league in scoring that year and the next.

In 2008, Bryant was named Most Valuable Player and carried his team to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Boston Celtics. In the 2009 NBA Finals, the Lakers beat the Orlando Magic to win the championship. Shortly afterward, Bryant was part of the memorial service to honor friend and music superstar Michael Jackson. The following year, the Lakers won their second straight title by defeating the Celtics.

Bryant played on both the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic teams, winning consecutive gold medals with teammates Kevin DurantLeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, among several other top players.

After suffering a torn Achilles tendon in April 2013, Bryant worked hard to return to the court before fracturing his knee just six games into the 2013-2014 season. The veteran All-Star surpassed Michael Jordan for third all-time on the NBA scoring list in December 2014, but his season ended due to injury for the third straight year when he sustained a torn rotator cuff in January 2015. 

Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant during his final NBA game on April 13, 2016 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. He scored 60 points against the Utah Jazz.Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

Retirement

Although Bryant returned in time for the start of the 2015-2016 NBA season, he personally struggled alongside his young Lakers teammates. In November 2015, he announced that he would retire at the end of the season. “This season is all I have left to give,” he wrote on The Players’ Tribune website. “My heart can take the pounding. My mind can handle the grind but my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.”

The announcement drew a strong reaction, particularly from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “With 17 NBA All-Star selections, an NBA MVP, five NBA championships with the Lakers, two Olympic gold medals and a relentless work ethic, Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest players in the history of our game,” Silver said in a statement. “Whether competing in the finals or hoisting jump shots after midnight in an empty gym, Kobe has an unconditional love for the game.”

On April 13, 2016, Bryant dazzled a sold-out crowd at the Staples Center and fans everywhere in the last game of his career, scoring 60 points and leading the Lakers to a win against the Utah Jazz. It was Bryant’s sixth 60-point game of his career.

After the game, Bryant spoke to the crowd. “I can’t believe how fast 20 years went by,” he said. “This is absolutely crazy … and to be standing at center court with you guys, my teammates behind me, appreciating the journey that we’ve been on — we’ve been through our ups, been through our downs. I think the most important part is we all stayed together throughout.”

An all-star lineup of Laker icons also paid tribute to Bryant, including O’Neal, Phil Jackson, Pau Gasol, Derek Fisher, Lamar Odom and Magic Johnson. “We are here to celebrate greatness for 20 years,” Johnson said. “Excellence for 20 years. Kobe Bryant has never cheated the game, never cheated us as the fans. He has played through injury, he has played hurt. And we have five championship banners to show for it.”

Academy Award for ‘Dear Basketball’

In November 2015, Bryant announced his upcoming retirement from the Lakers with a poem on The Players’ Tribune website, titled “Dear Basketball.” The athletic great soon sought the best in other fields to turn his poem into a short film, including Disney animator Glen Keane and composer John Williams.

The result was a beautifully rendered five-minute, 20-second film, which debuted at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. Oscar voters took note, leading to the unexpected sight of Bryant accepting an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 2018 ceremony.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s short films and animation branch also extended an invitation for Bryant to become a member of the organization. However, in June 2018 it was revealed that the Academy’s governors committee had rescinded the invitation, saying the retired basketball great needed to show more efforts in the field before being considered for membership.

Sexual Assault Charge

In July 2003, Bryant was charged with one count of sexual assault on a 19-year-old female hotel worker in Colorado. Bryant said he was guilty of adultery but innocent of the rape charge. The case against Bryant was dismissed in 2004, and he settled the civil lawsuit filed by the hotel worker against him out of court.

Philanthropy

Among his philanthropic endeavors, the basketball great partnered with the non-profit After-School All-Stars as part of the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation. He also ran an annual summer camp called the Kobe Basketball Academy.

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Kobe Bryant poses with his daughters (L-R) Gianna, Bianka and Natalia and wife Vanessa (left of Kobe) during halftime after both his #8 and #24 Los Angeles Lakers jerseys are retired at Staples Center on December 18, 2017, in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images

Wife and Kids

Bryant married 19-year-old Vanessa Laine in April 2001. The couple became parents to four daughters: Natalia Diamante (b. 2003), Gianna Maria-Onore (b. 2006, d. 2020), Bianka (b. 2016) and Capri (b. 2019).

Death

On January 26, 2020, Bryant was onboard a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter that crashed in the Los Angeles suburb of Calabasas. Nine people, including Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna “Gigi,” died. The helicopter was on its way from Orange County to Thousands Oaks, California where Bryant was scheduled to coach a tournament game at Mamba Sports Academy.

“We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri,” Bryant’s wife Vanessa posted on Instagram. “There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon.”

Bryant and his daughter were laid to rest in a private funeral on February 7, 2020. On February 24, they were honored in a memorial service at the Staples Center, with Beyoncé and Alicia Keys delivering musical tributes and Jordan, Shaq and Vanessa Bryant among those sharing emotional recollections of the basketball great and family man.

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Kobe Bryant Biography

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  • The Chiefs came back to beat the Titans and the 49ers crushed the Packers. The matchup is set for Super Bowl LIV.
  • Patrick Mahomes has more than one way to beat you.  According to the N.F.L.’s NextGen Stats, Mahomes was running 10.92 miles per hour when he released the ball
  • San Francisco’s running back-by-committee is now a committee of one.
  • Something may be wrong with Jimmy Garoppolo.
  • I also go over the Lakers early schedule, their opponents, win loss record and whom those 9 losses came against and why they matter more than the 34 wins.


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Episode #62 | Why Bill O’Brien, just why? – STATMAN – https://statmanpodcast.com/episode-62/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-62 Tue, 14 Jan 2020 19:00:00 +0000 http://Buzzsprout-2490527 https://statmanpodcast.com/episode-62/#respond https://statmanpodcast.com/episode-62/feed/ 0 As “Nuke” LaLoosh said in Bull Durham, “Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.” That movie will never go out of style. After another fascinating weekend of NFL action … Kyle Shanahan is a genius. The Vikings never had a chance. The best team from the regular season has abruptly entered its offseason.... As “Nuke” LaLoosh said in Bull Durham, “Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.”

That movie will never go out of style.

After another fascinating weekend of NFL action … Kyle Shanahan is a genius. The Vikings never had a chance. The best team from the regular season has abruptly entered its offseason. And Russell Wilson put on a show but couldn’t get a win, Aaron Rodgers is still a BAAAADDD MANNNN.

You can’t make this stuff up. Or — considering it’s Bill O’Brien, after all — maybe you can. At 21-0, I understood the field goal to make it 24-0, even if I personally would’ve had Deshaun Watson go for the jugular on fourth-and-1. O’Brien’s safe decision at least made some sense, whether you agreed with it or not. But running a fake punt on fourth-and-4 at your own 31-yard line while leading 24-7? That’s indefensible, clueless, season/soul-crushing. Unfortunately, this is exactly the kind of thing we’ve become accustomed to seeing from the Texans‘ head coach.

O’Brien’s in-game coaching is consistently mind-numbing, but that outrageous fake punt attempt stood out as one of his worst moves yet. It changed everything, leading to the aforementioned onslaught by Mahomes and Co. It was simply brutal.

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