29 Sep

The Case For LeBron James MVP

But volume isn’t everything. Westbrook and Harden are having historic offensive seasons, but James has them beat on efficiency (while being only a hair behind in volume). James’s true shooting percentage is higher than both Harden’s and Westbrook’s, and LeBron generates more points per potential assist than the two.3An NBA player-tracking statistic that covers all passes that lead to a shooting foul, generate an assist or would generate an assist if the shot were made. Through April 10Source: NBA LeBron James26.422.749.1 James Harden29.127.256.3 Through April 10Source: NBA And then there’s the other side of the ball, where only Leonard rivals James. Harden’s defense generally falls on the wrong side of average, often to a comical degree. Westbrook racks up his share of rebounds and steals, but the consensus is that he’s nowhere near elite. And Curry is the soft spot in the Warriors’ defense despite having made great strides. That leaves LeBron and Leonard — and while Kawhi has won the last two defensive player of the year awards, ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus estimates that LeBron’s defensive impact has been nearly twice as great this season.4Leonard’s wonky defensive metrics have been the subject of much discussion this year, and should likely be taken with a grain of salt because Kawhi may be suffering from the random noise of unexpectedly hot opponent shooting from the free throw line and on 3-pointers.So there’s a statistical case for LeBron as MVP — both offensively and defensively. But the MVP award isn’t an objective one — there’s no agreed-upon definition of value. And that means voters’ decisions often come down to the narratives that wrap around the numbers. The 1961-62 MVP award, for example, didn’t go to Oscar Robertson and his season-long triple-double, nor did it go to Wilt Chamberlain and his 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds per game. The winner was Bill Russell — who had lesser, albeit still eye-popping, numbers — because leading the Boston Celtics to the league’s best record and top defense proved more compelling.And it’s in this category of narrative that LeBron suffers the most by comparison. His Cavaliers have slid in the second half of the season, dragged down by atrocious defensive performances. He isn’t breaking any records. At 32 years old and with 14 seasons and an absurd numbers of minutes behind him, LeBron is “only” as good as he’s ever been. But that might make him the best two-way player in the NBA this season. His story just happens to be a rerun in syndication, an episode we’ve seen a half-dozen times before.So, forget the numbers.The MVP argument for LeBron goes something like this: Measure the man against himself. If you watched LeBron carry the Cavaliers back from the brink in last year’s NBA Finals, you know he’s the best player in the NBA, full stop. Nothing he’s done, or not done, this season has changed that basic fact. Look past the glitter of round numbers and records broken. LeBron James is your MVP. Stephen Curry1.3662.5% PLAYERPOINTS PER POTENTIAL ASSISTTRUE SHOOTING PERCENTAGE Kawhi Leonard25.78.934.6 PER GAME Greatness is often easier to recognize when it looks like nothing we’ve seen before.To a large degree, this is the MVP case for Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard: The first shoulders offensive responsibility to a previously unimagined degree, piling up counting stats at a historic pace. The second leans into the hyper-efficient idiosyncrasies of his game and leads one of the most extreme and extremely efficient offenses we’ve ever seen. The third has blossomed from a defensive stopper into a two-way superstar, one of the most efficient volume scorers in the league. Each is an MVP candidate not only because he played phenomenal basketball this season but also because he is so unlike recent MVP winners.And then there is LeBron James.Statistically speaking, LeBron has been at least as productive as the rest of that group, among the other elites in any metric chosen. But he’s been so good for so long that an incredible season doesn’t stand out. For LeBron, the incredible has become mundane.This is the third entry in our series making the case for five NBA MVP candidates. We’ve also made the case for James Harden and the case for Kawhi Leonard. Still to come: Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook. Also, check out our NBA predictions.Much of the MVP conversation, for better or worse, is likely to center on volume. That’s what happens when one candidate is averaging a triple-double and another threatened to lead the league in both scoring and assists. James’s averages — 26.4 points, 8.7 assists and 8.6 rebounds per game1All stats in this piece are current through April 10. — are not as flashy as Westbrook’s or Harden’s, but he’ll join them, Oscar Robertson and Michael Jordan as the only players to average 26, 8 and 8 across a full season. So James isn’t that far behind Westbrook and Harden in how much offense he creates — and he has a sizable advantage on Curry and Leonard. We can see this by adding up the points each player scored and those he created for teammates with assists2Courtesy of the NBA’s player tracking statistics.: PLAYERPOINTS SCOREDPOINTS CREATED BY ASSISTTOTAL POINTS CREATED LeBron James1.3661.9 Russell Westbrook31.923.855.7 Kawhi Leonard1.2961.2 James Harden1.2761.2 Russell Westbrook1.2155.5 LeBron is more efficient than Westbrook or Harden Stephen Curry25.415.540.9 LeBron generates more offensive volume than Curry or Leonard read more

11 Sep

WHS SOFTBALL Wildcats Win BackToBack Games Moran Gives Up 3 Hits While

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School Varsity Softball team (8-5) defeated Wakefield High by a score of 6-1 on Thursday, May 16, 2019.Both teams scored a run in the third inning. Jenna Sweeney got on by an error and proceeded to steal second. She advanced to third on a sacrifice fly to right by Ashley Crawford. Ryan Bailey came up to the plate and got the RBI.In the fifth inning, the Wildcats scored another going up 2-1. Kacie Bourrell singled sharply over shortstop. Unfortunately, she was forced at second by Jenna Sweeney. Ashley Crawford and Ally Moran each had singles, with Sweeney scoring her second run of the contest.In the sixth inning, Wilmington scored four runs by playing the short game and forcing Wakefield to make the plays. Gianna Brunetto laid down a great bunt from the left side of the batters box. Pinch hitter Tori Gemellaro singled for her first varsity hit. Kacie Bourrell hit it sharply to the third baseman, who couldn’t make the play. Jenna Sweeney and Ashley Crawford each added singles. After a couple of fielders choices, the Wildcats wound up with the four runs.Good defensive plays were made by Chase Anderson on back-to-back plays in the bottom of the fifth inning.“Ally Moran pitched great again today,” said coach Audrey Cabral. “She only allowed 2 hits while striking out 10.”—The Wilmington High School Varsity Softball team (9-5) defeated Melrose High by a score of 1-0 on Saturday, May 18, 2019.Wilmington scratched out their only run in the bottom of the second inning on a lead off single by Kayla Bourrell.  She moved to second on an error and wound up taking third and home on passed balls.The Wildcats got out of trouble in the top of the fourth inning with runners on first and second and no outs.  Ally Moran bore down and struck out the cleanup batter.  The next batter hit a scorching line drive to right field where Gianna Brunetto made a great catch and immediately doubled off the runner at first for an inning ending double play.Hitting was at a premium for both teams. Each team tried working the short game just to get runners on.  Ryan Bailey led the charge offensively for the wildcats going 2-3 on the day.Ally Moran pitched another great game, striking out 12 and giving up only one hitter in the win.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Defeat Winchester, Lose To Arlington In Close GamesIn “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Defeat Lexington, Moran Picks Up Another WinIn “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats’ Offense Explodes For 15 Runs In Win Over NewburyportIn “Sports”last_img read more

10 Sep

As the web turns 30 creator Tim BernersLee says dont be defeatist

first_img Comment 2:16 Now playing: Watch this: Internet Services Tech Industry Ralph Breaks the Internet is a fantastic sequel that… Share your voice Tags Tim Berners-Lee offers words of hope for the web’s 30th birthday. Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images The web is turning 30 on Tuesday, but its creator, Tim Berners-Lee, is already looking ahead to the next 30 years.In his annual letter on the web’s birthday, Berners-Lee spent less time reflecting on how the web has developed over the past three decades and instead expressed optimism about what can be achieved in the next three.”Given how much the web has changed in the past 30 years, it would be defeatist and unimaginative to assume that the web as we know it can’t be changed for the better in the next 30,” he said. “If we give up on building a better web now, then the web will not have failed us. We will have failed the web.”It was March 12, 1989, when Berners-Lee, who was working at the nuclear research organization CERN, published the description of “a universal linked information system” to help academics from across the globe run a complicated particle accelerator. Since that day, the web has evolved to allow billions around the world to connect to the internet, and with each other. If we give up on building a better web now, then the web will not have failed us. We will have failed the web. Tim Berners-Lee 1 But like many a 30-year-old, the web still has some growing up to do. In his letter, Berners-Lee identified three specific sources of dysfunction: deliberate misuse (state-sponsored hacking, criminal behavior and harassment), system design flaws that allow people to earn money by spreading misinformation and clickbait, and unintended consequences of benevolent design that enable outrage and polarized discourse.And yet he remains upbeat about our combined ability to quash these threats — if we focus and don’t get distracted by individual problems.”You can’t just blame one government, one social network or the human spirit,” he said. “Simplistic narratives risk exhausting our energy as we chase the symptoms of these problems instead of focusing on their root causes.”Berners-Lee reiterated the opportunity he sees for citizens, companies and governments to all commit and be held accountable for establishing principles to govern the web, which he first described at the Web Summit in Lisbon in November when he launched his “Contract for the Web.”The discussion about what the contract will contain is ongoing — he encourages anyone to contribute — and will yield a result “later this year,” he said. Berners-Lee warned against it being a list of “quick fixes,” saying it needs instead to be a process.”It must be clear enough to act as a guiding star for the way forward but flexible enough to adapt to the rapid pace of change in technology,” he said. “It’s our journey from digital adolescence to a more mature, responsible and inclusive future.” Tim Berners-Leelast_img read more

3 Sep

Australia imposes sanctions on Myanmar generals for Rohingya atrocities

first_imgRohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel as members of the Myanmar security forces stand guard in Inn Din village. Photo: ReutersAustralia’s government on Tuesday unveiled sanctions against five officers in Myanmar’s powerful military who are accused of overseeing barbaric violence against members of the Rohingya Muslims.Following similar actions by the United States and the European Union, Australia announced it would freeze the assets of officers including a lieutenant general who commanded a special operations group believed to be behind atrocities.Australian foreign minister Marise Payne said the officers — Aung Kyaw Zaw, Maung Maung Soe, Aung Aung, Than Oo and Khin Maung Soe were “responsible for human rights violations committed by units under their command”.The five, some of whom are since believed to have stepped down from their posts, will also be banned from travelling to Australia.Around 700,000 Rohingya have been driven from their homes in Rakhine state, in southwest Myanmar, since 2016.The campaign has been marked by numerous extrajudicial killings, mass rape and the burning of villages by security forces.last_img read more

31 Aug

Gangasagar Mela 2019 to be free from inflammable hogla leaf huts

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to avert any incident of fire, the state government is taking all necessary moves to ensure a “hogla pata free” Gangasagar Mela in 2019.Gangasagar Mela in Sagar Island takes place in January every year, in which lakhs of pilgrims from all over the country turn up to take holy dip at the confluence of river Ganga.The state government initiates the necessary planning from September onwards to ensure a safe and secure Gangasagar Mela and a meeting with the Chief Secretary was already held in Nabanna in the last week. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSources said that following direction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, initiatives have been taken to make the mela “hogla pata free”. Usually, hogla leaves are used in making makeshift accommodation facilities for people who visit the place during the mela.More than 1,000 huts are required to be set up every year for accommodation of the people. But it has been pointed out that the hogla leaves highly inflammable. There was also an incident of a small fire at the Gangasagar Mela in 2017. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe matter came up in the meeting that was held in Nabanna last week and the concerned authorities have started carrying out the necessary work to find out an alternate material, using which the huts can be made.”Engineers of the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department, the modal department to organise the mela, are carrying out a study to finalise the material that can be used to construct the makeshift huts,” said a senior state government official, adding that it was initially thought that corrugated tin can be used to build the huts. “But it would not be that safe as it is a good conductor of electricity. Since many wires need to be laid to transmit power to the makeshift structures, using corrugated tin would not be a good option,” the official said. He further added that the PHE engineers are trying to find out a fire retardant material that can be used to construct the huts.Makeshift accommodation facilities are set up for senior administrative and police officers, media persons, volunteers and pilgrims. Hogla leaf huts lined up one after the other had been a common feature of the mela for ages. Now, with the initiative taken by the state government, it would be a safer and more secure mela for the pilgrims.last_img read more