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Oct 12, 2021Liked by Eric Apricot

Thanks so much Eric. Really appreciate the breakdown. Will watch for this tomorrow

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Nice E1P, Apricot (as usual). It is so elegant, sometimes I think you just make it up πŸ™‚.

BTW, have you tried opening the video in Vimeo app on Android (clicking 'vimeo' logo in the video opens up the app")? App can't handle it and tells me to use the webpage. And on the webpage, ability to use Chromecast to stream it on TV is not there. Workaround is of course Chromecasting the phone screen. Any idea why I am not able to open it in app?

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Oct 11, 2021Liked by Eric Apricot

New E1P music! Nice changeup, feels a lot more mellow/fun (appropriate for this point in preseason I guess).

Some of the transitions between plays are a bit rough, with the source video cutting to a different angle mid cross-fade. I'm guessing that's to make the video easier to produce but it's a bit jarring.

Love the observation about the shot-clock. That's one of the things I probably wouldn't have even noticed even watching the games closely, because to my mind anything more than about 14 seconds is all the time in the world. (Incidentally: the changes have been subtle, but I appreciate the recent NBA rule change to reset the shot clock to 14 on an offensive rebound. Props to foreign leagues for pioneering that one.)

And yeah, I wonder if it's an evolution in Kerr's own basketball philosophy, to break down some of these bigger plays into "mid-size" interchangeable parts like "split cut", "stagger screen" etc. Then you can master each individual piece in practice, and build up bigger and more complex actions just by mastering the transitions between them and improvising from there.

I remember people making comparisons between peak dynasty Warriors basketball and jazz music, and I like the analogy. You take various basic actions (licks/motifs) and combine them in a kind of free-form way, reading and reacting to the defense (or audience), and occasionally making slight changes, resulting in beautiful new creations that are made of familiar parts but add up to something more.

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Where does one get the password? My subscriber password (one I use to login to the site) is not working to watch the video.

Before today, I didn't had enter password for subscriber only videos.

Help!

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Maybe it's the airport day beers, but hot damn I love this content!!

Gettin high on my own supply, but just wanted to publicly say thanks Eric, for such solid content

I love it here!

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Oct 11, 2021Liked by Duby Dub Dubs

Some bad news for the Lake Show:

"Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker will undergo surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right thumb, sources told ESPN on Monday. [...] It is the second significant injury to hit the Lakers before the regular season has even opened up, after Trevor Ariza required surgery on his right ankle last week. The surgery is expected to sideline him for approximately two months."

More at the link: https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/32381450/sources-los-angeles-lakers-guard-talen-horton-tucker-thumb-surgery-repair-torn-ligaments

One of the few bright spots in the Lakers' preaseason and puts more pressure (along with Ariza being out for an extended period due to injury) on the geriatrics to win enough while staying healthy.

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I am confused. Presumably a training camp deal only.

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Warriors Sign Quinndary Weatherspoon

https://twitter.com/warriorspr/status/1447619684522594305?s=21

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Looking like Simmons might blink first:

"Simmons could soon speak with team officials, something he hasn't done directly since a late August meeting in Los Angeles when he reiterated his desire to be traded, sources told ESPN. He has become more open to the possibility of ending his time away from the team and reporting to Philadelphia, sources said."

More at the link: https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/32380934/philadelphia-76ers-making-progress-talks-ben-simmons-return-sources-say

Easy to say you're willing to throw away millions of dollars, a little harder to actually do it.

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Anyone else feel like the vibes here are more relaxed and fun than it has been in years to start the season? Between the new vets, rookies, and Klay, it feels like the community has realistic expectations with tons of reasons for optimism. Maybe this means playing with joy is back!

I wonder how big the disconnect is between players and fans perception of optimism is to start a season.

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Oct 11, 2021Liked by Daniel Hardee

I am seriously jonesing for some Warriors bball.

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OT Hot Take: Carmelo is going to be a better addition to the Lakers than Westbrook.

(Maybe "warm" take right now with how badly Westbrook is playing).

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Oct 11, 2021Liked by Eric Apricot

Great vid!

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Oct 11, 2021Liked by Eric Apricot

Of course one wonders how well it will work with Wiseman back on the court who was the primary problem before. Presumably he has had a lot of time work work on court positioning during set plays even if he hasn't been able to run them at full speed with contact. I'm guessing it might be a challenge for Kuminga as well. It should work well for Moody since he would presumably be hanging out in the corner waiting for a pass.

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Oct 11, 2021Liked by Eric Apricot, Duby Dub Dubs, Daniel Hardee

Excellent E1P, so helpful. I especially enjoyed how many different players participated in various forms of H2 (the new Horns). It’s fascinating to see how the team develops a new play for everyone, not just one player.

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Oct 11, 2021Liked by Eric Apricot, Duby Dub Dubs, Daniel Hardee

I hadn't seen one of your E1Ps before. (Been living under the proverbial rock.) Very easy to understand. Thanks for the analysis.

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Oct 11, 2021Liked by Eric Apricot, Duby Dub Dubs, Daniel Hardee

Great video! Love seeing the difference between this year's and last year's offense. I have a couple of comments I'm going to split in two.

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