HoopSpeak Live 109: Kevin Arnovitz

Today’s guest: Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN.com.

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Chris Paul knows all, is that a problem?

On TrueHoop, Kevin Arnovitz profiles the strain of defining and embracing a system of play in Los Angeles. Here’s what he said about the Clippers:

Back in November, when Los Angeles was engulfed in System Overload the week Brown was dismissed and D’Antoni hired, Los Angeles Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro was asked which system he deployed.

“Chris Paul,” Del Negro said.

Del Negro wasn’t being flip or coy. The question was straightforward, and he offered the best approximation of his team’s blueprint when it had the ball — the Chris Paul System.

“All those names and all that stuff,” Del Negro said of the Princeton, the spread, seven seconds or less, etc. “You just put the ball in the best player’s hands.”

To Del Negro and Paul, the NBA is a superstar league, and the offense they run is dictated by Paul. In the Clippers’ world, his instincts take precedent over any dogma. That intuition is rooted in strong principles. Paul will probe, but he’s meticulous and patient, and in the half court he’ll rarely act until the defense is leveraged.

“On offense, you just try to make the right play,” Paul said. “Every time I come down the court, I want to make sure that two people have to guard me, no matter what. If I’m in a ball screen, I want to make two people have guard me and then somebody is going to be open.”

The Chris Paul system has its advantages — mainly that Chris Paul gets to do what he wants. But when he was hurt, we saw the difference between a system that is player driven, and a system, like the Spurs, that is driven by philosophy.

When Parker or Ginobili or Duncan — or even all three! — get hurt, the Spurs

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HoopSpeak Live 92: Kevin Arnovitz

By @AnthonyBain

Today’s guest is Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN.com.

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HoopSpeak Live 53: Kevin Arnovitz and Jonathan Givony

Today’s guests:

Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN.com

Jonathan Givony of Draft Express

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HoopSpeak Live 51: The Clips

On Episode 50 of HoopSpeak Live, your hosts react to last night’s ECF game and then talk about the West with the esteemed Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN and Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated. Paul Flannery of WEEI was meant to drop by as well, but a Doc Rivers conference call got in the way. Hope to have him back on the show soon. Here’s the whole show:

Here’s how it breaks down:

:00 – :20 – Reacting to Heat/Celtics [Rondoooo/Dooling/Chalmers/LeBron]

:20 – :42 – Person of Interest: Kevin Arnovitz [Spurs/Thunder]

:42 – 1:03 – Person of Interest: Lee Jenkins [More Spurs/Thunder]

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HoopSpeak Live 51: Kevin Arnovitz, Paul Flannery and Lee Jenkins

Today’s guests:

Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN.com

Paul Flannery of WEEI

Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated

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HoopSpeak Live 43: The Clips

Speaking of smiling dolphins…

Today’s episode of HoopSpeak Live features lots of discussion about Stan Van Gundy and Dwight Howard. Also, we explore the Heat, Kings and Clippers with guests Tom Haberstroh, James Ham and Kevin Arnovitz. And it’s a full hour of Ethan!

Here’s a YouTube playlist:  

Here are the individual clips:

:00 – :09 – Intro + Dwight and SVG [The way it begins? That's because we had some tech problems prior.]

:09 – :22 – Person of Interest: Tom Haberstroh [Part 1, Part 2 - Dwight/SVG, Heat/LeBron.]

:22 – :34 – Person of Interest: James Ham [Part 1, Part 2 - Kings off-court/on-court + Small Market, Big Heart]

:34 – :57 – Person of Interest: Kevin Arnovitz [Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 - Clippers, ditching the draft.]

:57 – 1:01 – Dagger/Smash/Noted [So much mutton.]

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HoopSpeak Live 43: Tom Haberstroh, James Ham and Kevin Arnovitz

Today’s guests:

Tom Haberstroh of The Heat Index

James Ham of Cowbell Kingdom

Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN.com

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Stop Synergy Abuse

Synergy, Holy Grail of basketball information. To use it is to be addicted, to be addicted is to sometimes abuse it.

I’ve lately seen many a writer and reader cite Synergy’s individual defensive statistics as argument trump cards. Hey, this player has a stingy points per possession (PPP), contrary to your denigration of his defense. Hey, this player can’t be good at D with a total Synergy rating like that. Eat your hat, gargle it with thumb tacks, you’ve just been Synergized!

The fine people at Synergy kindly curate many defensive plays into component parts. Thanks to them, we now have information on outcomes of isolations, post-ups, spot-ups, etc. This data is certainly interesting and valuable, but it should be applied wisely and modestly.

On Hang Up and Listen, Kevin Arnovitz cited how writers used Synergy to a good end. The Warriors trumpeted free agent acquisition Kwame Brown by referencing his “post defense” as an asset. Writers took to Synergy and checked Kwame’s data from those situations. Brown simply did not grade out as Kendrick Perkins of Charlotte, the numbers showed him to be below average at guarding the low block. This was a wise application. Take a specific claim, fact check it via a specific measurement.

But people falter when looking for absolute measures of overall defensive prowess. Unlike offense, defense is about prevention, and prevention is so difficult to quantify. Offense is often created by one man, bursting through a defense en route to a tangible reward. This act is easily recorded and credited to the athlete.

Defense is about five people working as one collective organism. If an offense-minded knight (named say, Brandon) bursts through a castle wall and lances an enemy nobleman, we know that he earned his mutton leg for that evening. Now

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HoopSpeak Live 29: The Clips

With Chris Paul now a Clipper, we had to talk to regular guest and Clipperologist Kevin Arnovitz about what it all means. Also, we brought in Seth Rosenthal from Posting and Toasting to discuss the new look Knicks. Fun times:

[Click here for a YouTube playlist.]

:00 – :10 – Intro + Take The Bacon [So, CP3 went to the clips. Not the Warriors.]

:10 – :13 – Rumors From Ethan’s Head [Ethan's head is not a fan of Kwame Brown.]

:13 – 32 – Person of Interest: Kevin Arnovitz [Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 - Discussing L.A.'s glam team.]

:32 – :47 – Person of Interest: Seth Rosenthal [Part 1, Part 2 - Knickspeak Live!]

:47 – :51 – League Average [Rip Hamilton is a Bull.]

:51 – 1:01 – Audience Rapid Fire [More Clippertalk, plus that other L.A. team.]

1:01 – 1:04 – Dagger/Smash/Noted [Zach's previews, free agent contracts, NYK's backcourt options.]

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