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Many Spanish teams run complicated offensive sets, full of multiple screens and off-ball actions,...

Many Spanish teams run complicated offensive sets, full of multiple screens and off-ball actions, yet Biyombo pings from spot to spot as if he's part of a choreographed dance routine. It's the kind of instant recognition required in the NBA to defend great offenses, but is rarely seen in rookies. Biyombo's learning curve in this area will be small. Of course, everyone wants to see him block shots, and he will do that in the NBA. Because he's good at getting good defensive position, he's frequently in the right place to make a play on the shooter. To get a paint bucket on him will require a strong lift and finish, because he eats up anything soft. If within three years he anchors a team that is a top 10 defensive unit, I will not be surprised. This is not some skinny kid who's going to get pushed around. His strength and activity help him on the glass as well. He's a hungry rebounder who flows to the ball well.

Exploring Bismack Biyombo's Upside by David Thorpe on ESPN.com (Insider)

Pistons looking at Big Bill "While Knicks fans fret about the possibility of Isiah Thomas...

Pistons looking at Big Bill "While Knicks fans fret about the possibility of Isiah Thomas returning to New York, the Detroit Pistons are considering Thomas for their vacant head coaching position, according to league sources. Thomas is not the leading candidate, sources say, but he is on Detroit's short list along with Mike Woodson, Kelvin Sampson and his former Pistons teammate Bill Laimbeer."

Chris Broussard ESPN June 7, 2011 I think Laimbeer could be a successful coach in the NBA. Anybody have any stories about him as an assistant??

Director of Analytics and Research - Minnesota Timberwolves (Minneapolis, MN) SUMMARY The...

Director of Analytics and Research - Minnesota Timberwolves (Minneapolis, MN) SUMMARY The Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx are seeking a Director of Research and Analytics. The Director will be responsible for analyzing and developing strategic performance for all functions of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx. This individual's primary responsibility is to help the organization make data driven decisions. This is a new position charged with developing a "center of excellence" within the Timberwolves and Lynx franchises. This new department will be responsible for managing the integration of research and analysis across all areas of the company. This position will directly manage the database marketing staff of two individuals and provide guidance to other analytical staff housed in other departments. The position reports directly to the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications/Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and will interact with other team executives on a regular basis. Duties include but are not limited to: Ticket buyer segmentation, consumer and market research projects, ROI analysis, Ticketing Pricing/Inventory analysis, Omniture website tracking, managing Microsoft Dynamics CRM system, establishment of a new Eloqua direct-marketing platform, driving utilization of research tools (such as Scarborough), inventory management (Ticketmaster and Marketline) platforms, and other analytical/strategic projects. JOB SPECIFICS - Responsible for guiding research across the company. Company currently has access to multiple quantitative surveys performed on an annual basis. This position will provide additional analysis of those studies, drive incremental research projects and guide departments in adopting necessary rigor in daily job functions. - Develop analysis that will inform and guide ticket pricing conversations. - Manage single game ticket sales regression models and analysis of ticket promotions. Responsibility includes improving/running the regression model, comparing current sales versus expected sales, and consulting on appropriate marketing actions. Successful modeling will then be replicated in other departments such as group sales, premium seating rentals, etc. - Oversee the continued transition to the new CRM system. This includes training and monitoring sales staff use of CRM, customizing CRM to match business needs, and the ability to accurately report of out the CRM. - Responsible for providing projected sales data to the management team. Project upcoming new sales based on sales rep. inputs into the CRM. Determine best lead sources, reps., products, and create strategy to optimize the opportunity for success. - Manage reporting and dashboards using Microsoft SharePoint. - Measure relationship marketing and sales campaign effectiveness (ROI). - Other duties include: being the overall ticketing consultant, work process improvement, survey analysis, and ad-hoc modeler. QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE - Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, economics, business or related field. MBA is a plus. - Minimum seven to twelve (7-12) years of professional experience in analytical or consulting role. - Minimum of 2 years staff management experience required. - Strategic thinking and leadership skills required. - Must have excellent computer skills, especially Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, etc.). Statistical software (SPSS, SAS, Stata, etc.) and SQL experience is a plus. - CRM (Microsoft Dynamics) experience is a plus. - Ability to collaborate and work with other departments/organizations. - Must be organized and pay strong attention to detail. - Strong interpersonal and customer relationship skills required. - Knowledge of general predictive modeling techniques such as regression analysis, customer profiling and segmentation, needs analysis, financial modeling, and other types of quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques. - Maturity, professionalism, and a strong work ethic are essential.

From NBA.com Basketball jobs section. So, we have some pretty fair hands with the stats in the CH family - anybody wanna take a shot??? (P.S. - The "Maturity, professionalism" bit raises a smile with the current state of the Rambis/Kahn relationship!)

DETROIT -- The Detroit Pistons fired coach John Kuester on Sunday, four days after Tom Gores...

DETROIT -- The Detroit Pistons fired coach John Kuester on Sunday, four days after Tom Gores completed an agreement to buy the team from Karen Davidson. Kuester was 57-107 over two seasons with Detroit, which failed to make the postseason in consecutive years for the first time since missing the playoffs three straight times from 1993-95. This past season was a dreary one, with the proud franchise making more news for internal squabbling than any on-court accomplishments.

From 4-letter. The Wolves now are the only franchise hanging their coach out to dry. Detroit had an ownership issue. What's the Wolves' excuse?

The labor negotiations between players and owners, between unions and management, is a negotiation...

The labor negotiations between players and owners, between unions and management, is a negotiation going on across the country and across the world. The specifics are different, but the argument is the same. We, laborers, believe we deserve a fair share of the profits that are made off of our efforts. I hope, as negotiations continue to unfold between players’ unions and management, that those watching will connect what is happening in pro sports to what is happening across the country. As the economy contracts and profits shrink, there appears an organized and systematic attack against labor, whether the attack is against auto workers or basketball players. The size of the salary may be different but the principle is the same: everyone deserves to be paid a fair percentage of the profits that are made off our labor.

Maya Moore speaks about labor, pay, and going pro.

Of the assets the Wolves have, the No. 2 pick -- in effect, the chance to draft Derrick Williams --...

Of the assets the Wolves have, the No. 2 pick -- in effect, the chance to draft Derrick Williams -- is the prize. A number of teams have shown interest in trading up, including the Cavs, Jazz, Wizards, Warriors, Suns, Rockets, Pacers, Sixers, Grizzlies, Celtics and Lakers. What would it take for Minnesota to move the pick? If the Lakers offered Pau Gasol, if the Warriors offered Monta Ellis, if the Jazz offered Derrick Favors, if the Wizards offered JaVale McGee or even if the Cavs offered Anderson Varejao along with Cleveland's No. 4 pick, the Wolves would seriously have to consider trading the pick.

Chad Ford from ESPN

"Stop talking about Iggy deals. Let's talk about some Dwight Howard deals."

"Stop talking about Iggy deals. Let's talk about some Dwight Howard deals."

by PoohRubio

As has been widely reported in this space and others, the Timberwolves are not sold on keeping the...

As has been widely reported in this space and others, the Timberwolves are not sold on keeping the second overall pick at all, and would love to trade it for two lower picks. What they really need is a shooting guard, and sources close to the situation say they covet Alec Burks. The Colorado sophomore is regarded as the best shooting guard in the 2011 draft class, but the Timberwolves wouldn't need a top ten pick to land him. They also really like Enes Kanter, so don't be surprised if they deal the number two pick to drop down a bit. Ideally, they'd like to acquire two lower picks and possibly grab both Kanter and Burks.

Bill Ingram at Hoopsworld

Breaking: A source tells me Wolves have secured deal with Ricky Rubio to join team...

Breaking: A source tells me Wolves have secured deal with Ricky Rubio to join team next season. UPDATE: Woj reports it as well.

From Dan Barreiro's Twitter feed.

Providence's Marshon Brooks turned heads with a strong combine performance. On Friday, the drills...

Providence's Marshon Brooks turned heads with a strong combine performance. On Friday, the drills turned more competitive and Brooks made a number of spectacular plays. With a 7-1 wingspan, huge hands and scorer's mentality, he's now garnered serious interest in the first round. Two teams to watch with Brooks are the Wolves and Bulls. The Bulls, especially, seem to be enamored with Brooks but are concerned that he won't be there when they pick. "If he was two years younger or if his team had won more games, he'd be a lottery pick," one NBA GM said. "But as far as NBA scorers go, there aren't any guards in this draft that can get his own shot at the NBA level like him

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