Nba Basketball

20 Mar 19
Lakers Outsiders

The rumbles and rumors about guys turning a blind eye to teaming up with LeBron are predicting a bleak summer for the Lakers. The constant media scrutiny and uncertainty are too much to stomach combined with underwhelming basketball. After a 111-98 loss to the Toronto Raptors last week, everyone was zeroed in on LeBron telling […]

20 Mar 19
Lonzo Wire

While his second season was disappointing offensively, Lonzo Ball proved to be an elite difference-maker on the defensive end for the Lakers

20 Mar 19
KFOR.com

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Thunder is set to retire Nick Collison’s No. 4 jersey Wednesday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Collison announced his retirement last spring after 15 years with the Thunder. “My goal was always to make a career out of basketball, and I was blessed to be in the NBA […]

20 Mar 19
HoopsHype

Donovan Mitchell on his recent success, future in the Dunk Contest, film study, how close he came to pursuing a pro baseball career and more.

20 Mar 19
The Basketball Faithful

No other player has risen up this year’s rankings like Ja Morant. Before the season, most mock drafts had the sophomore guard from Murray State being drafted between the late first round and early second round. The 19-year-old proceeded to end his sophomore season averaging 24.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 10 assists. Those averages would […]

20 Mar 19
Hold My Drink

In a night that will be remembered for the return of Isaiah Thomas to the TD Garden, and a loss for the Boston Celtics, Kyrie Irving reached a career benchmark.  Tuesday’s game against the Nuggets marked Kyrie’s 500th regular season game as an NBA player. Kyrie has been in the NBA since the 2011-2012 season, […]

20 Mar 19
VentureBeat
Intel is helping bring AI to the basketball court — Yale’s court, to be exact. Just in time for March Madness, the San Jose chipmaker today detailed the system that the college’s men’s basketball team — the Bulldogs — uses to capture and analyze live game footage. It’s supplied by five-year-old startup Keemotion, with a backbone built partly on Intel’s Xeon Scalable hardware. “As a coaching staff, we’re focused on helping our athletes improve their skills and game play,” said Yale head basketball coach James Jones. “Being able to analyze game and practice footage in real time with Keemotion’s solution is huge and allows me to teach ‘in the moment’ for a major impact.” Keemotion captures footage from three cameras in total, each strategically stationed around Yale’s John J. Lee Amphitheater — the second-largest gym in the world by cubic feet — to capture the court, scoreboard, and surroundings. The cameras autonomously track the basketball and adjust the center of the viewport during the “most exciting” moments, without human direction, and feed the footage to an Intel Xeon Scalable-packing server optimized with Intel’s Math Kernel Library software, a collection of math routines fine-tuned for science, engineering, and financial applications (specifically Intel AVX-512). This server stitches the 1080p footage into a single panoramic view, while AI models trained on Intel’s AI DevCloud cloud computing platform identify scoring plays and possessions. Keemotion’s software platform streams the annotated footage to handheld tablets that coaches and support staff use to view annotated replays and hone in on specific points of the floor.  The advantages are tangible — according to a report by Research and Markets, AI like Keemotion’s and Intel’s stands to improve individual and team performance by an average of 17 percent and 28 percent by 2024, respectively. Footage processed by Keemotion’s software — and Intel’s hardware. “By working with Intel Xeon processors, we were able to deliver analyzed, searchable, panoramic video to courtside in less than three seconds,” said Keemotion CEO and former Brooklyn Nets general manager of minor league operations, Milton Lee. “Intel AI allowed us to unlock possibilities on image analysis that we could not before with traditional methods.” Yale is not the only club using AI for postgame analysis, unsurprisingly. Other Keemotion customers include Columbia’s volleyball team, professional soccer leagues, NBA teams (notably the Golden State Warriors), and several NCAA Division I athletic programs. And automated labeling isn’t the only form of AI that’s becoming entrenched in sports. Tel Aviv, Israel-based computer vision startup Minute.ly offers a real-time software analysis tool that automatically divvies up livestreams into attention-grabbing, heart-thumping five-to-seven-second clips. Sports tech company Hudl, meanwhile, supports video analysis workflows for youth, high school, club, and professional teams. And startup Stats captures up to 2,700 data points per game analyzed, tapping machine learning algorithms to tally up the distance players run, the trajectory and speed of balls, and teammates’ touches. If the sports player tracking and analytics industry’s current trajectory holds, it could reach $15.5 billion by 2023, according to Wintergreen Research.
20 Mar 19
UPROXX

March Madness is upon us and it’s time to check in on the 2019 NBA Draft.

20 Mar 19
USA TODAY Sports Brackets

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Belmont may be in uncharted territory having advanced for the first time in the NCAA Tournament, but coach Rick Byrd knows precisely what lies ahead for the Bruins. The veteran coach, who led his team to a convincing 81-70 win Tuesday over Temple in the First Four, expects the challenge Thursday to be […]

20 Mar 19
DukeBlog

Often heralded as the academy of basketball, Duke has produced a number of superb NBA players over the years. The current crop of Blue Devils alumni plying their trade at the highest level include superstar point guard Kyrie Irving, young gun Jayson Tatum and veteran J.J. Redick. But there’s a new name to add to the […]

20 Mar 19
USA TODAY Sports Brackets

Las Vegas is pretty hectic at any time, but the pace picks up even more during the opening rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. It has become Sin City’s second-biggest week for sports betting, only trailing the Super Bowl. Many bettors enjoy it more, because you have 32 games to wager on Thursday and […]

20 Mar 19
USA TODAY Sports Book Wire

Las Vegas is pretty hectic at any time, but the pace picks up even more during the opening rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. It has become Sin City’s second-biggest week for sports betting, only trailing the Super Bowl. Many bettors enjoy it more, because you have 32 games to wager on Thursday and […]