For the first time, the NBA will track a new batch of "hustle stats" in the playoffs and post them online within hours of the end of every game, league officials told ESPN.com.
The league will track how often defenders contest 2- and 3-point shots; deflections by defensive players; charges taken; which players recover loose balls; and so-called "screen assists," which the league defines as picks that lead directly to a made field-goal attempt by a teammates. The screen assist category will not include screens that result in a teammate drawing a shooting foul, or that free up someone for a shot one or two passes down the line.
Fans will be able to monitor rankings in each category through the playoffs.
The league will staff the replay center in Secaucus, N.J. with trained personnel counting hustle stats over video.
The NBA tried this in a pilot program at Las Vegas Summer League last season and distributed the numbers to media and teams there. The reaction was positive, and the NBA decided to compile the stats in games that count.
If you’re a human with any knowledge of social media at all, you’ll have noticed that National Sibling Day was on Sunday. Your feeds were probably flooded with pictures of your friends when they were little, cheesing for the camera, arms around their siblings in loving embraces, chokeholds, or death grips.
But it’s highly unlikely that any of them were as adorable as the posts the Curry family put up to celebrate, USA TODAY reports.
Tyler Summitt, the son of legendary former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, has resigned from his job as Louisiana Tech's women's basketball coach, the school announced Thursday. Summitt admitted to an inappropriate relationship.
Summitt, 25, was 30-31 in two seasons as head coach of the Lady Techsters.
“Effective immediately and for personal reasons, Tyler Summitt has stepped down as head coach of Louisiana Tech University’s women’s basketball program," the school said in a statement. "The university has accepted his resignation and appreciates the contributions he has made to the growth and success of the Lady Techsters program during his tenure. Louisiana Tech will immediately begin the process of selecting a new head coach to lead the women’s basketball program and student-athletes forward. Louisiana Tech wishes Tyler and his family the best of luck in the future.”
Jerry Sloan is suffering from Parkinson’s disease plus Lewy body dementia, the former Utah Jazz coach told The Salt Lake Tribune on Wednesday.
During an interview at his home in Riverton, Utah, with his wife Tammy at his side, Sloan said he was diagnosed with the illness last fall.
Sloan chose to go public with the news because the Parkinson's symptoms, which include tremors, a hushed voice and sleeplessness, have progressed to the point where people have started to notice.
"I don't want people feeling sorry for me," Sloan told The Salt Lake Tribune.
Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. There is no cure for Parkinson's disease, although in some cases medication can improve symptoms.
Sloan, 74, coached the Jazz from 1988-2011. He was elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009 and is the third-winningest coach in NBA history.
A police horse was assaulted in the aftermath of Villanova’s national title celebration around campus, leading to one of the half-dozen arrests in Radnor Township, Pa.
Radnor police Lt. Chris Flanagan told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday that the the man who struck the horse was arrested for felony assault of a police animal. Flanagan said the department was still gathering information on the six to eight arrests that took place late Monday night and into Tuesday morning.
The new head of world football has been caught up in the sport’s corruption scandal because of documents that have been revealed by the Panama Papers leak.
Files seen by the Guardian will raise questions about the role Fifa’s president, Gianni Infantino, played in deals that were concluded when he was director of legal services at Uefa, European football’s governing body.