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Great Off-Season Performances: Break It Off Edition

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Today's ditty is by the Sugarman 3, a 70s/retro funk combo on the Daptone label.  What they are doing in this video can be properly described as breaking off some funk.  This isn't done much these days.  With auto-tune and Clear Channel, there isn't much room for bands that want to build a groove and then make sweet sticky love to it.  You can make a song with some manufactured beats and thinly veiled innuendo, but the art of putting people in the mood seems to have left the building a long time ago.

Anywho, today's GOSP is going to feature a few bullet points:

  • Part of the problem with the Wolves is that they don't have anyone who can break it off on the court, if you know what I mean.  What Wolves player could have a highlight reel fit to this song? Answer: nobody. They don't need someone with just a little swagger...they need someone to come on in and break the damn thing off. 
  • If you haven't already, plop down the $30 for MySynergySports.  It is mind-bendingly addictive.  Here's what you can do with it: Pull up two players (say, Jonny Flynn and Stephen Curry) and compare how they stack up in spot up, pull up, pick and roll, catch and shoot, handoff, transition, and so on and so forth.  You can see that Jonny Flynn has nearly 30% of his possessions as the ball handler on the pick and roll and that he scores 0.77 points/play on these possessions compared to Curry's 0.81.  You can then click a button to see each and every single one of these plays and how they stacked up against each other.  You can watch each and every single turnover, offensive rebound, transition play, defensive play, and spot up shot in the season (BTW: Curry is the league's 3rd best spot-up shooter).  It is like crack cocaine.  I'm trying to digest it all at the moment and build a few good season-wrap posts, but I haven't quite wrapped my head around it yet.  It's completely changed how I am able to look at the NBA.  I cannot recommend it enough. 
  • One of the things that becomes very clear with Synergy is that Kevin Love got ripped the you-know-what off during the season.  Love is upper-shelf in the spot up, the pick and roll, undefined plays (i.e. "the little things"), and he's not too shabby with the post up.  We know that he has 1.04 points per every offensive rebound possession.  We know that most of his touches came in the post.  He was pretty good guarding the pick and roll (he was actually 5th in the league with 0.62 ppp).  He didn't get torn up in isolation (he gave up 0.65 ppp, which was good for 17th in the league).  Overall, he gives up 0.83 ppp compared to Big Al's 0.93 and he scores 0.93 to Al's 0.95.  In other words, he's a +0.08 on Al for a fraction of the cost. 
  • Speaking of breaking things off, check out this bit of deep soul.  Also on the Daptone label.  It's also one of my favorite songs and it never leaves the ipod.  I just can't find a live version of it. 

Well folks, that about does it.  I'll have a few more posts this week above and beyond the GOSPs...at least I hope I will if I can pull myself away from MySynergy. 

Until later.

BTW: If you really want to get with it, here's the link for you. Heavy as heeellllllllllllll.