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Old 04-19-2010, 11:57 PM   #226
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Old 04-19-2010, 11:57 PM   #227
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Hi Bob,

Thanks for this well.

Is there basis to "stereotypes" on players based on where they played in college? For example, that Duke players are generally soft, or that recent UCLA players were held back on offense, etc.

Any comments on Worldwide Wes' influence?

Who do you think is the most overrated player in the NBA today?

Thanks in advance.
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Regardless, I didn't ask what you would do if you were me. I asked what you would do in my position. Say you had 100k to your name and a degree. What would you do? The standard reply is "start a business." If that's it, then ok, thanks for your time.
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This thread is awesome. Bob, can you post your TV setup?

Thanks
+1

Also, do you bet on baseball? If not, you picked basketball just because you like it more or you thought basket was +EV betting-wise.

Thanks.
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are there any books that give a good behind the scenes account of what goes on at a major sportsbook?

what kind of compensation do the top linesmakers receive?
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Have you ever met James Goldstein? Does he have enough money to buy a team?
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Old 04-20-2010, 01:29 AM   #232
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In the last decade....

What are your rankings of the best teams?

What were the best teams to not win a title?

What teams were the biggest pre-season favorite to win it all?

What teams were the biggest pre-playoff favorite to win it all?
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Old 04-20-2010, 02:14 AM   #233
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hey bob thx for doing this. very interesting insight.

what do you think new orleans should do with their point guard situation? i like cp3 but from what i saw from the rook collison i just think he can be as good and can become a perennial allstar. and i think if they were to trade cp3 they could make a really good deal for him. what do you think?
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Old 04-20-2010, 02:47 AM   #234
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I'm of the opinion that outside of the really elite players like Lebron and Kobe, lots of NBA stars are manufactured/marketed by their teams and get the lion's share of shooting opportunities to make it so (Gilbert Arenas, Alan Iverson comes to mind).

Which star players do you think would see the biggest decline in the stats in another system/market, who do you think would benefit the most from a change of scenery?
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Robert,

Thank you for the thread.. A few pretty broad questions that come to mind.

Back when you were betting NBA, Can you give us a rough/general example of your betting habits in a typical week. For example, lets pretend your bankroll was 100x. What was your average betsize in relation to x? How many bets did you place on average per week? Did you spread the amounts quite a bit or not very much at all and if so what was your range unit wise?? Also, Did you ever tilt and bet a late random 2H side where there was no real value because you were 1-5 on the day or were you really disciplined and responsible?? Any info and BR managemint tips (in relation to Sportsbetting, not poker) would be appreciated..

Also, Im a decent hoops fan but was definitely ignorant on the corner 3 thing.. Of the 30 NBA coaching staffs, are there any that completely ignore this concept or do all the staffs understand this and actually try and do something about it? Also, I dont follow the NBA like I once did, but there use to be terrible end of quarter management.. like not going for 2 posessions when you inbound or rebound the ball with 38 seconds left, or shotclock is off and you take a contested shot with 9 seconds left...Is that still really common or have players gotten smarter and better coached?

Lastly, Whose got the nicer stroke from the Charity Stripe?

a. Prahlad Friedman
b. Kevin McHale
c. Nenad Medic
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Old 04-20-2010, 04:18 AM   #236
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Also, How often would you bet on the spread of a game compared to totals and also the ratio of bets on 1st halves, halftimes and full games? Thanks
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Re: The Well: Haralabos Voulgaris (Bob)

I don't know anything about basketball but I want to coach high school basketball one day and take a bunch of players around/under 6 feet with limited athletic ability (compare to African Americans) to the promise land.

If you were to coach this group of players, what steps would you take to give your team a chance to win (ie the corner 3 in the NBA)? What style would your team play? What strategies would you use considering that high school basketball players aren't that skillful but are vastly superior in athletic ability?

If the answer is too long/broad, do you have any recommendation on books/sites/blogs where I can learn basketball theory/fundamentals so I can exploit other team's weakness?

Thank you for the awesome thread!
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Have you ever met James Goldstein? Does he have enough money to buy a team?
I have. I told him I wanted to buy his house. If anyone has seen the Big Lebowski, Jackie Treehorns house in the Big Lebowski is owned by Jim Goldstein.

Its a great house built by architect John Lautner.

I have no idea if he has enough to buy a basketball team.
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Also, do you bet on baseball? If not, you picked basketball just because you like it more or you thought basket was +EV betting-wise.

Thanks.
I don't bet on anything anymore but when I did bet, it was pretty much all NBA.

I picked basketball because it was the sport I watched and followed most closely.
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what changes to personel do you think OKC need to make to be the best team in the NBA or can they stand pat and hope for their young core to all improve?

Are you still surprised by what Lebron is capable of like his dunk on James Johnson?
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Robert,

Thank you for the thread.. A few pretty broad questions that come to mind.

Back when you were betting NBA, Can you give us a rough/general example of your betting habits in a typical week. For example, lets pretend your bankroll was 100x. What was your average betsize in relation to x? How many bets did you place on average per week? Did you spread the amounts quite a bit or not very much at all and if so what was your range unit wise?? Also, Did you ever tilt and bet a late random 2H side where there was no real value because you were 1-5 on the day or were you really disciplined and responsible?? Any info and BR managemint tips (in relation to Sportsbetting, not poker) would be appreciated..

Also, Im a decent hoops fan but was definitely ignorant on the corner 3 thing.. Of the 30 NBA coaching staffs, are there any that completely ignore this concept or do all the staffs understand this and actually try and do something about it? Also, I dont follow the NBA like I once did, but there use to be terrible end of quarter management.. like not going for 2 posessions when you inbound or rebound the ball with 38 seconds left, or shotclock is off and you take a contested shot with 9 seconds left...Is that still really common or have players gotten smarter and better coached?

Lastly, Whose got the nicer stroke from the Charity Stripe?

a. Prahlad Friedman
b. Kevin McHale
c. Nenad Medic
In general I would flat bet around 5% of my betting bankroll. In the 2004 season however I was pretty much betting as much as I could get down at specific numbers.

This was probably pretty foolish because the lines started to move a lot after my bets and it made what I had been doing for most of my betting career very difficult to do as the books+followers sort of caught on to some of what I was doing.

from 2006 on I pretty much had to rethink entirely what I was doing and that is when I really started to get into more of a model based regression derived approach.

Most teams understand the importance of getting 2 possessions vs 1 at the end of a quarter - but not all teams do.

as for the FT question I'd have to say Prahlad.
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The only advice I'd give you would be if you make your offer and the guy jumps at it in a split second, you might not have made the best deal.

Yes I am a huge poker fish especially on the internet, I think I am one of the few guys who has played High stakes poker live who actually admits to losing on the internet.

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Old 04-20-2010, 04:51 AM   #243
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are there any books that give a good behind the scenes account of what goes on at a major sportsbook?

what kind of compensation do the top linesmakers receive?
I haven't read or heard of any good books on that subject.

I have no idea what kind of compensation a linesmaker would receive.
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Robert,

Thank you for the thread.. A few pretty broad questions that come to mind.

Back when you were betting NBA, Can you give us a rough/general example of your betting habits in a typical week. For example, lets pretend your bankroll was 100x. What was your average betsize in relation to x? How many bets did you place on average per week? Did you spread the amounts quite a bit or not very much at all and if so what was your range unit wise?? Also, Did you ever tilt and bet a late random 2H side where there was no real value because you were 1-5 on the day or were you really disciplined and responsible?? Any info and BR managemint tips (in relation to Sportsbetting, not poker) would be appreciated..

Also, Im a decent hoops fan but was definitely ignorant on the corner 3 thing.. Of the 30 NBA coaching staffs, are there any that completely ignore this concept or do all the staffs understand this and actually try and do something about it? Also, I dont follow the NBA like I once did, but there use to be terrible end of quarter management.. like not going for 2 posessions when you inbound or rebound the ball with 38 seconds left, or shotclock is off and you take a contested shot with 9 seconds left...Is that still really common or have players gotten smarter and better coached?

Lastly, Whose got the nicer stroke from the Charity Stripe?

a. Prahlad Friedman
b. Kevin McHale
c. Nenad Medic
Oh I missed this and its kind of a pet peeve of mine - My name is Haralabos they call me haralabob or bob for short. How the **** do you get Robert out of that?

When people just know me as Bob I kind of get it, but when they know my name is Haralabos..
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great thread, love the way you think, thanks for sharing and taking the time to do this.

i saw you mention that in your opinion, regular season performance is the best predictor of playoff success, but have you found that certain types of players or certain types of lineups are more effective in the playoffs?

given that you seem to agree that playoff basketball is distinct from regular season - your heat comment - that there are many fewer possessions as teams tighten up, it would seem that this would affect the outcomes you expect from different types of players under the different circumstances.

totally understand if you don't want to share specific insights, as i would imagine projecting playoff skill would be highly valuable proprietary info, just looking for insight into how you would approach this concept.

similarly, given your discussions of lineups and how you swap players in and out and run simulations to see the differences, i imagine that you could take some player X and figure out on which NBA team (which teammates, coaches, plays) he would be the most effective player he could be. if this is possible:
which (decently good) player's value is depressed the most by his circumstances?
are there any players who couldn't perform any better on any other team?

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Old 04-20-2010, 05:36 AM   #247
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Bob please tell me you're a fan of Andray Blatche. I don't care what you say about other players. He's highly hated on in the NBA threads though.
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Bob please tell me you're a fan of Andray Blatche. I don't care what you say about other players. He's highly hated on in the NBA threads though.
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Old 04-20-2010, 07:17 AM   #249
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just curious, what are the best sites that you use for player injuries and up to the minute status updates?

keep up the good work haralabob
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Old 04-20-2010, 09:54 AM   #250
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How did your association with pokerroad and Big Poker Sundays come about? And this is more of plea I guess but is there any possibility of you being more involved in the future? BPS was the best show by far when you were on it.

How has the NBA progressed since you first started watching it? Like, poker strategy and playing styles changed significantly every year this decade, do you notice any strategic changes in NBA teams, and if so where do you think they'll lead to in the next 5-10 years?
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