The Downbeat #832 - The Killing Time Edition

Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Because it hasn't been posted yet, this week...


COUNTDOWN WIDGET

Also, because this DB is going to bump it, here is a link to Clark and Andy's podcast.

SLC Dunk Podcast #1

Pretty damned good for a couple of podcast noobs. Great job fellas. I like how Andy quotes numbers down to the 1/10th decimal place. Hahaha. Math nerds...

This week Reggie Miller will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Say what you will about his abilities as an in-game commentator, but he was an AMAZING player. If you haven't had the chance, watch the ESPN 30 for 30 film, Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. New York. Its a fantastic documentary and it will really make you (you of whom are old enough) nostalgic for the NBA of the 90's.

This got me thinking, are there any Hall of Famers currently on the Jazz roster? I'm going to say, probably to much dissatisfaction, that there are none. I think that the next two years mean a lot for Hayward and Favors, so I reserve the right to change my mind after that trial period.

I realize that school has started back up for the kids and those of us in higher education, but in the next month while we wait for training camp to kick off, lets help each other feel that gap. So, to do that here is a list of basketball movies that I recommend. There is no ranking here; I have no desire to spend time comparing the merits of these films and putting them in an arbitrary list. There are some documentaries, some comedies, and some dramas. So here are some, off the top of my head, that I think you should see (note: the links are to those available for instant streaming on Netflix or Amazon Instant Video)

  • White Men Can't Jump
  • ESPN's 30 for 30:
  • He Got Game
  • Hoosiers
  • On the Shoulders of Giants
  • Hoop Dreams
  • Blue Chips
  • Semi Pro
  • Also, Amazon has a whole set of Pistol Pete's Homework Basketball, which is awesome.

    Wow. This turned out to be a pretty comprehensive list, but I'm sure I missed some great ones so help me out by adding your recommendations in the comments.

    *May cause strange clear liquid to expel from eyes

    Finally, here is an interesting tidbit from Zach Lowe's recent article on SI-NBA:

    The team-based data on driving jibes well with the eye test, and confirms there are lots of ways to win in the NBA. The Jazz, Lakers and Sixers posted three of the four lowest team drives per game figures based on 12-, 15- and 14-game samples, respectively. The Jazz and Lakers ranked among the league’s 10 best offenses last season with post- and elbow-based attacks that de-emphasized dribble penetration and pick-and-rolls. That worked fine for them, but you can bet both teams understand the value of a little more balance. The Sixers, meanwhile, had an average offense built around low-risk motion sets full of cuts, dribble hand-offs, off-ball screens and mid-range jumpers. They will eventually ask for more from Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner, both of whom are surely itching to do more.

    The article talks about the new multi-camera system called Sports-Vu that was all the rage at the SSAC this year. It opens up a whole new world of information to teams and has already been employed by ten teams. I doubt the system could be put into place for this season, but it will be interesting to see if it does find its way into ESA considering Dennis Lindsey's background in basketball analytics.

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