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Sitting only 16% higher than it was a year ago, the share’s performance so far in March has helped reverse its prior weak performance.Here I look at what has driven the jump and what I would do now.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Not out of the woodsThe company released its preliminary results last week and they contained mixed news.On the positive side, the company’s laundry machines have proven to be resilient. Despite the name Photo-Me, photo booths are only one part of the company’s operations now. Its Revolution laundry machines at sites like garage forecourts are 7.7% of the total vending estate and continue to growth. Accessible through lockdown, these machines’ revenues have held up much better than the likes of photo booths or children’s rides.Despite the challenges of the pandemic, these laundry machines’ revenue grew by 13.8% in the year, as the company rolled them out more widely. I see laundry machines as a smart way to capture recurring revenues from a captive market. Most households do their laundry at least every week or two, but they might not need passport photos from one year to the next. That brings us to some challenges to the Photo-Me share price, in fact.Revenue in the identification business was down 26.3%. In the British Isles, it fell by over half, although the company has taken a lot of efforts to reflect changing demands by decommissioning photo booths and spending money on laundry machines instead.The company swung to a £24.9m loss in the 12-month period from a £33.6m profit the year before. Areas like photos and children’s rides continue to be affected by lockdowns and limited travel. Clearly the company continues to face a difficult environment when it comes to reduced demand. Even if it swings into profit again, its ability to pay a dividend is constrained until it repays a loan backed by the French government.Positive momentum for the Photo-Me share priceGiven the challenges it faces, why do I remain upbeat about the company? Why has its chief executive continued buying shares, including more than half a million last week when the shares still traded at 51p?I think the latent potential in Photo-Me is very clear. It understands vending very well, from where the best sites are to how to service machines cost effectively. It is focussing on future growth areas, like laundry machines and fresh fruit juice vending. Demand has been battered and even post-lockdown some demand might not come back. For example, the passport photo could be in terminal decline in markets where digital photos are the norm. But I feel the company’s management is taking steps to prepare it for changed demand and future growth areas.The Photo-Me share price has performed strongly this month, as I hoped. But I see further upside potential from here if business lines like self-service laundry keep growing. I would still consider buying. The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar See all posts by Christopher Ruane I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Getty Images. Christopher Ruane | Wednesday, 17th March, 2021 | More on: PHTM Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The King of ArcadesRichie Knucklez, The King of Arcades, will lead a lecture about The Richie Knucklez Arcade in NJ, one of the biggest arcade phenomena in the world, and discuss the upcoming documentary in which he stars. Lecture followed by arcade play time. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $10. 7 p.m. March 31.Patti LaBelleWitnessing a performance by the “Queen of Rock ‘n‘ Soul” can be summed up in one word: soulful. Of course, a singular adjective could never capture all the passion, all the joy, all the emotional upheaval and celebratory enthusiasm unleashed in the symbiotic love-affair between performer and audience that is a Miss Patti Labelle concert. She is a true diva—a legendary singer, a talented actress, a gifted author and even a talented cook! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $69.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. April 1.Joe SatrianiThe former Deep Purple guitarist who, legend has it, taught original guitar hero Stevie Vai how to rock, is coming home to Long Island. Read more about the Carle Place High School graduate in the Press’ profile of him. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. tillescenter.org $45-$100. 8 p.m. April 1.Jessie’s GirlJessie’s GirlBreak out the Converse, strap on a headband and dust off the jean jacket, because this Back to the Eighties Show will do everything short of taking you in a Delorean back to the decade when Men at Work, Flock of Seagulls and Debbie Gibson ruled the airwaves. That’s because Jessie’s Girl is more than just a cover band. They’re here to party like it’s 1989! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$30. 8 p.m. April 1.Keb’ Mo’ BandThis three-time Grammy winner and visionary roots-music virtuoso has come to embody all the hopes and dreams, joys and sorrows in the great American art form known as the blues for a new generation of aficionados. Hard to believe he embarked on this journey only two decades ago because his roots run so deep, but here he is continuing to grow as an acoustic guitarist and an accomplished artist, and it’s fitting that on his 12th album, BLUESAmericana, he offers some of the most poignant and uplifting melodies he’s ever recorded. He imbues the Chicago blues, soul-blues, the legendary greats like “Big” Bill Bronzy and Robert Johnson, plus pop, R&B, rock and jazz influences. Opening the show is Gerald Albright. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $45-$95. 8 p.m. April 1.Tom CotterThis 2012 America’s Got Talent runner-up may not be a doctor, but if laughter’s the best medicine, he’ll give the audience a healthy dose of what they deserve. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $25. 8 p.m. April 1, 7 & 9:30 p.m. April 2.John PopperLead singer and principal songwriter of Blues Traveler, John Popper, will be speaking and signing his new book, Suck and Blow: And Other Stories I’m Not Supposed to Tell. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. April 2.Rock Legends LiveThis trifecta of tribute bands includes Beginnings, performing the greatest hits of Chicago, FM recreating the timeless music of Steely Dan, and Petty Rumors, playing the best of Tom Petty and everyone’s Fleetwood Mac favorites. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $37-$57. 7:30 p.m. April 2.SinbadOff-stage he’s a mellow fellow named David Adkins but when he’s on stage, look out! He’s on fire as Sinbad, a hugely entertaining American stand-up comedian and actor who’s been lighting up the comedy world with his incendiary HBO specials, his TV shows—he even got his family into the act—and funny films like Necessary Roughness, Houseguest, First Kid and Jingle All The Way. Some have dubbed his comic style “hit ’em in the face” because when Sinbad gets going, he delivers a no-holds-barred laugh riot that pulls no punches. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50. 8 p.m. April 2.Folk FestivalThe first event since this venue temporarily closed for renovations is their seventh annual Folk Festival, headlined by The Chapin Family, performing the songs of the late great local music icon Harry Chapin. A free local singer-songwriter showcase, featuring nine artists, will be held in the lobby starting at 2 p.m. the same day. Patchogue Village Center for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $28-$58. 8 p.m. April 2.The Zombie WeddingFrom the producers of Tony & Tina’s Wedding comes this comedy of matrimonial mahem. It’s sort of like My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets The Walking Dead. Audience members (and dismembers) are encouraged to come in costume. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $45. 8 p.m. April 2.Naughty By NatureAre you down with O.P.P.? Yeah, you better be at this 25th anniversary party! The Emporium, 1 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $15, $20 DOS. 10 p.m. April 2.The Wonder YearsThis Philadelphia pop/punk/emo sextet is not to be confused with the TV show of the same name. Warming up the crowd are Microwave, Tiny Moving Parts and letlive. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$35. 7 p.m. April 3.TEDxAdelphiUniversityThe inaugural TEDxAdelphiUniversity, organized by the staff from the Center for Health Innovation, will gather 100 of the most impassioned TEDx enthusiasts for a day of networking and dialogue featuring a stellar line-up of nine speakers and TED Talks videos under the theme of “What if…” The event will also be streamed live. Lunch is included in the event, and audience members are strongly encouraged to stay for the entire program. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center Concert Hall, 1 South Ave., Garden City. adelphi.edu $10 members, $20 public. 9 a.m. April 5.Buzz AldrinBeloved American hero and Astronaut, Buzz Aldrin will be at Book Revue to sign his new book, No Dream is Too High: Life Lessons From a Man Who Walked on the Moon. You won’t need a lunar module to get you into the store, but you will have to have a copy of his book with you or you won’t get to meet him this time around. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. April 5.The CultMore than 30 years removed from their beginnings as a gothic rock band in the UK, The Cult is still going strong. Already holding nine studio albums to their name, The Cult is touring America while working on a tenth. Led by singer Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy, the group’s 1985 album Love reached to No. 4 on the UK charts. Today, The Cult still achieves the success they had back then. Their most recent album, Choice of Weapon, debuted at No. 1 on the UK Rock Chart and was named the iTunes Rock Album of the Year. Will they perform Sonic Temple’s “Fire Woman”? “Edie (Ciao Baby)”!? Sure hope so. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $35-$75. 8 p.m. April 6.Randy NewmanWith songs that run the gamut from heartbreaking to satirical and a host of unforgettable film scores, Randy Newman has used his many talents to create musical masterpieces widely recognized by generations of audiences. The man is a genius who doesn’t take himself too seriously, but his work can cut like a knife or soothe like a feather, depending on the song. In addition to his solo recordings and regular international touring, Newman began composing and scoring for films, including The Natural, Awakenings, Ragtime, all three Toy Story pictures, Seabiscuit, James and the Giant Peach, A Bug’s Life, and most recently, Monsters University. The highly praised 2008 “Harps and Angels” was Newman’s first album of new material since 1999. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $55-$95. 8 p.m. April 6.
Classification society ClassNK granted an approval in principle to NYK Line and Japan Marine United for their joint project on the concept design of an LNG-fueled bulk carrier.The design is based on a 200K DWT bulk carrier developed by Japan Marine United.Despite its added weight due to the increased amount of equipment such as its LNG-fuelled tank and LNG fuel supply system, the design provides more cargo hold capacity, according to a ClassNK statement.By running on LNG, in addition to reducing NOx, SOx, and PM emissions, this vessel is expected to satisfy Phase 3 (30% less than Phase 0) of the EEDI (Energy Efficient Design Index) defined by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for ship GHG emissions, the statement said.
Victory was Hoey’s fifth European Tour title and represented a return to form after missing seven of his previous 10 cuts. Hoey told europeantour.com: “I have absolutely loved the golf course this week. The putting was the key for me. I have been working hard on that a lot recently and the improvement is really showing because I making a lot of birdies. “That is the main difference at this level. You have to be able to make a lot of putts because the standard is so high these days that it usually comes down to who makes the most putts. “It’s pretty amazing to think that I have won five European Tour titles. It is a great feeling to win and every time you do it you just want more and more. Hopefully I can get at least another one before the end of the season. “It has given me a great boost. I am not the most consistent player in the world but when I get into these positions I usually do okay.” Hoey dropped just one shot throughout the day, at the 12th, and his lead was cut to two by Kaleka and Dane JB Hansen. But his birdie at the 17th steadied nerves and Kaleka (bogey) and Hansen (double bogey) both dropped strokes at the last to card 68s. Nixon came home in 33 and signed for a three-under-par 69, finishing tied second with Kaleka a shot ahead of Hansen. Hoey said: “I did feel the pressure a bit today because I wasn’t swinging it as freely as I had done yesterday but I got the job done in the end. “Making my first birdie of the day on the seventh was a bit of a turning point because I had burned a few edges before that and you start to wonder if it is going to be your day.” China’s Liang Wen-chong, Frenchman Gregory Havret and English pair James Morrison and Mark Foster finished in a tie for fifth on 10 under. The 34-year-old, who led by five overnight after a superb 65 in his third round, birdied three more holes to finish comfortably ahead on 16-under-par 272. France’s Alexandre Kaleka, winner of the tournament last year, and Englishman Matthew Nixon were the closest challengers, finishing on 12 under. Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey shot a final-round 70 to claim a four-stroke victory at the M2M Russian Open in Moscow. Press Association
Speaking following the 2-0 Barclays Premier League loss at Chelsea, Bruce said: “I think the PR could’ve handled it a bit better. I am a traditionalist. “(But) the money our guys put into Hull City, if he wants us to play in pink and wants to call us something else, then he’s entitled to do it. “I think he just wants to do away with the ‘AFC’. Why, I’m not so sure, maybe it’s a marketing thing in his department.” Asked whether supporters should have been consulted, Bruce added: “Of course. Last year Cardiff changed their colours and there was uproar. They get promoted and is there uproar now? “You’d have to ask him the reason why. I’m a bit of a traditionalist and maybe there’s a reason why. There’s obviously a reason why, maybe he thinks Hull City Tigers is the way forward.” Press Association Allam recently caused a stir when it was revealed he had dropped the ‘AFC’ suffix from the club’s official name after 109 years and would be focusing on marketing the team as the Tigers at home and abroad, leaving many supporters unhappy. Bruce is uncertain of the reason why and pointed to Cardiff’s decision to change their colours from blue to red as a successful rebranding. Hull manager Steve Bruce believes owner Assem Allam is within his rights to make the team play in pink if he so chooses after the controversial name change to Hull City Tigers.
Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#news#social networks#web marshall kirkpatrick Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts Twitter made news today for announcing that it now sees an average of 50 million status messages posted each day. A sharp growth curve indicates that activity on Twitter could grow much higher in the short term future. Good old MySpace says it can’t be counted out yet, though. MySpace told me tonight that it still sees 1 billion status messages per month, divided by 30 days that’s about 33 million status messages per day. That means until just last Fall, MySpace was still bigger than Twitter. How easy is it to forget that? Twitter may be bigger now, but there are still millions upon millions of people using MySpace.Above: Quantcast’s estimates of website traffic, not including Twitter application use.I went onto MySpace tonight and found that 9 out of my 21 friends on the site had logged in within the last 30 days, many of them this week or today! It’s hard to say how many of them were just checking in to see who else had checked in, or to look for status messages that weren’t there, but they checked in none the less and tens of millions of people do post status updates to MySpace on any given day. Google even added MySpace status messages to its real-time search this week. I’ve got my MySpace account wired up with my Tweetdeck install now, so when my friends do post something I’ll be able to see it. And I can cross post things over to MySpace, too. But my resolution to use MySpace more may be short lived. I tried to go add more friends there and had a hard time finding people I knew. Or I found them, added them and then worried that they’d just think I was creepy for contacting them outside of Facebook. Maybe that’s all in my head though.So two things to consider. The old King really is no more, MySpace is officially behind Twitter now. (Liz Gannes writes today that Twitter is fast approaching Facebook as well, while acknowledging that the term status message mean something different on Facebook.) But MySpace remains a thriving place for millions of people. Will it remain that way? Development hasn’t stopped, the trend doesn’t look good, but who can really say? The only thing that can be said for sure today is: MySpace isn’t dead yet.Above: Kevin Marks skewers MySpace critics, including yours truly.
I’m loathe to ever think football or basketball coaches are overpaid given how much money they generate but Glenn Spencer recently got a contract bump to $550,000 that makes him the highest-paid defensive coordinator in Oklahoma State school history. That seems a little strange when you consider the fact that his defense gave up over 5,000 yards in 2013 — more than Buffalo, SMU, Army, Kent State, and Syracuse.But let’s look at it a different way — the way you should be looking at it. OSU’s offense has always been and always will be fast-paced and high-scoring, at least under Mike Gundy.That means its defense sees a lot of time on the field, a lot of possessions, a lot of snaps.So when you look at how many points OSU gave up per drive, Spencer is cast in a new (more beautiful, orange-colored) light. His defense was elite last season, giving up 1.21 points per possession against D1 teams which ranked 6th in the country behind Florida State, Michigan State, Alabama, Louisville, and North Texas.Elite stuff, to be sure.But how did that compare to what other defensive coordinators in the Big 12…coordinated. And how did his salary stack up against the competition.For that, let’s take a page from the OKC Dave playbook and bust out a scatterplot graph. The vertical axis represents how much defensive coordinators at each school made and the horizontal axis represents points given up per drive.You want to be at the bottom left of this chart. That means you’re getting an awesome defensive coordinator on the cheap. Top right means you’re overpaying a bad defensive coordinator.I charted what Spencer made last season (almost $100K less) and then made a bubble for what it would look like if he would have been making what he’ll make this season.Either way OSU comes out looking great. Somehow Texas does, too. Mostly because it had a pretty good defense and fired the dude it was paying $650K a year to hire a guy who only made $250K.West Virginia, Kansas, Iowa State — you have work to do. OU had a good defense but it is paying a pretty penny in exchange.So by this measure, no, Glenn Spencer, even with a nearly 25 percent bump in pay is not compensated to heftily. Now this sample size is tiny and we need to see Spencer do it without 39 seniors against a bad set of offenses in the Big 12. It will be interesting to revisit this graph after the season.For now, though, OSU is getting a pretty great deal.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Marshall basketball coach Dan D’Antoni was angry. His team had been down 20 points at halftime during a late December non-conference game against Pittsburgh (“We looked like we were running in mud,” he said), had exploded in the second half, scoring 1.45 points per possession on a variety of back-breaking 3-pointers and half-court cuts that led to easy layups, and still lost. Any team that can drop 68 points in 20 minutes should win the game, but the final score was 112-106 in favor of Pittsburgh. “We booted it,” he said. When a reporter questioned whether the team’s high number of 3-point attempts might explain the loss, he got testy.Decked out in his customary Marshall basketball t-shirt and a dark blazer, D’Antoni unspooled what he referred to as his “daggone analytics story”: “The last two championships have been Cleveland and Golden State,” he said, talking about the NBA. “What did they do? You don’t see anybody post up. They just spread that thing out and go.”D’Antoni became an overnight exemplar of analytics. But can an NBA blueprint remake a mid-major team with subpar talent in the NCAA?When I asked D’Antoni about his quote, he said that he didn’t mean to embarrass the reporter but, “I could’ve said, ‘Of all those five players on the floor, how many of them do you think we had rated higher for college play than [Pittsburgh] had?’ And we’re within a few points of them. That’s like going to the playground and giving the other team the first five picks, saying, ‘Let’s play,’ and then when they win, saying they outcoached us. Give me a break.”This is D’Antoni’s third season at Marshall, after roughly a decade as an NBA assistant, where he coached alongside his younger brother, Mike, in Phoenix, New York and Los Angeles. Thus far, his tenure has mostly been a success. Before he arrived in Huntington, Marshall had been known more as a stepping stone for rising coaches, such as Billy Donovan and Donnie Jones, than for any on-court successes: the team had finished under .500 nine times since 2001-02. The Herd won 17 games in 2016 (the record marked Marshall’s fifth-highest win total in the 2000s) and quickly notched 14 wins this season before a three-game losing streak the past two weeks sapped some of the squad’s momentum. Now tied for fifth in Conference USA, the Herd have an uphill climb to make it to the NCAA tournament. They face arguably the conference’s toughest February slate — UAB, Old Dominion, and Middle Tennessee all loom during this next week; they’ll likely need a run through the CUSA tournament to make it to the dance.D’Antoni isn’t your usual coach. As I prepped for our interview, I read an article about D’Antoni that mentioned he once said he hugged a tree in his front yard each morning. When I asked D’Antoni about it, he said, “I believe there is a connection between here and somewhere else, and since the tree is a living thing, I connect through it and thank it for everything I have been fortunate to have.” But perhaps even more compelling is his attempt to transform Marshall, a team composed of borderline DI players, a walk-on, and an ex-DII player, into one of the nation’s most analytically efficient offenses.“If you do just the ordinary, you’ll lose, so you have to do something unusual to beat people more athletically gifted than you,” D’Antoni said.For the Marshall coach, that means streamlining an offense so that his players are executing each possession with the intent of taking the most efficient shot possible. And D’Antoni knows all of the percentages. “I’ve told our players the numbers forever,” D’Antoni said. “When you look at offense, it’s not about the overall scheme — it’s about the actions within an offense, and you have to know the best odds for scoring.” Using data culled from the NBA, which D’Antoni contended still applies to the college game, a corner 3, which is worth 1.27 points per shot, is the best shot in basketball. The next best shot? “Any other three,” he said. A lay-up — “a clean lay-up,” D’Antoni stresses — is even better: 1.8 points per shot.1According to the NBA’s most recent data, a shot in the restricted area is worth 1.21 points per shot, while a 3-pointer above the break — that is, an attempt either atop the perimeter or on the wing — is 1.06 points and a corner 3 is 1.21 points.Which is why Marshall never stops shooting. Roughly 43 percent of the team’s attempts are from beyond the arc, squaring Marshall within Division I’s top 50 (per Ken Pomeroy), and according to Synergy Sports, Marshall scores 1.08 points per spot up (1.17 points per catch and shoot), which is bested by only 23 other DI squads. “I don’t know if there is another team in the country that does as many shooting drills as we do,” said Austin Loop, a junior guard with the third-best overall offensive rating in Division I and who has converted 49 percent of his 3’s. Perhaps not coincidentally, Marshall scores at one of the country’s most efficient clips, dropping 1.11 points per possession, which is the highest ever for a D’Antoni-coached team (and good for the top 60 nationally).“We go over every stat that the coaches keep,” Ryan Taylor, Marshall’s senior stretch-4, said. That includes game-by-game plus/minus reports, which are presented to the Herd via a white board in their locker room, as well as intensive film sessions and Synergy analysis (provided by D’Antoni and the rest of the coaching staff). “Coach D’Antoni wants us to make at least 36 percent of our 3’s, which equates to 52 percent on 2’s,” Taylor elaborated.2If Marshall were to connect on 36 percent from deep, it would actually equate to 54 percent of their 2’s. “Taking 3’s is easier for us — since it is farther away from the basket, it isn’t contested, and then it opens up our offense even more.”D’Antoni didn’t naturally warm to this style of play. During his initial years as a high school coach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, he coached conservatively: “My teams were constantly posting up and taking contested 2’s, which are essentially worthless. Those shots only count for .78 points and are the worst shot in basketball.”His thinking didn’t change until a late-1980s conversation with Mike, then playing in Europe, who relayed the revolutionary impact of the 3-point shot overseas. Dan began to eliminate post ups and mid-range jumpers, and he emphasized 3-point attempts and pick-and-rolls. He continued to fine-tune his offensive approach after he ditched the high school ranks and followed his brother to Phoenix as an assistant, where the two coined the phrase “athletic ball,” a concept D’Antoni brought with him to Marshall: “Instead of a player creating a scoring opportunity, you move the ball quickly so that the ball creates the opportunity. That way, a player who isn’t as athletic but is skilled can play against anybody. As long as the ball is free flowing, it’ll get to the place where that guy is capable of making that shot.”As Mike explains, “Something has to be athletic enough on the floor if your players aren’t, and the ball zipping around accomplishes that.”That’s being put to the test at Marshall. D’Antoni arrived at the college game at a fitting moment. Since 2002, DI’s 3-point field goal attempts rate — the percentage of shots taken beyond the arc — has jumped from 32.1 to 36.2 percent, the highest it has ever been. What works for Cleveland, Golden State and the majority of the NBA — spacing the floor through the 3-pointer — has finally begun to saturate the DI level, and thanks to the years D’Antoni spent on the NBA sidelines, Marshall has been a leader in this strategic shift (the Herd’s 3-point attempts rate jumped from 34 to 42 percent in his first season).As the team’s 14-11 record makes clear, though, change takes time. What D’Antoni is preaching clearly works at the NBA level, but his players are not of that caliber, and the learning curve — even 90 games into his tenure — is still much steeper.During Marshall’s recent losing streak, the Herd made just 30 percent of its 3’s and scored an anemic 1 point per possession. D’Antoni spends each practice teaching his players what constitutes a good shot from a bad shot in his free-flowing and fast-paced offense, but the line separating the two is still very much open for interpretation when the players take the court.“If you watch us play, we still take a lot of bad shots,” said former assistant coach Chris Duhon, who spoke with FiveThirtyEight before he resigned in January after an arrest for driving with a license revoked stemming from a DUI. “We haven’t mastered that process yet.”“Obviously they take some bad 3’s, but heck, if I coached any other way, they’d take some bad 2’s,” D’Antoni said. “But I don’t want players looking over their shoulders to see what is a good shot or not. Our offense gives them a freedom to play the game and use their own smarts to create good shots. Let them choose.”This is the only way D’Antoni knows how to coach, and as a self-described “gunslinger,” the only way he believes Marshall will succeed is through what he calls his ‘organized chaos’ offense. “There is more to it than just saying, ‘Here’s an analytic game plan, let’s do it,’” he said. “I may have opened up how the game is played, but I never want to stand pat.”He continued, “I am a big believer in risk. You have to know how to bet, know the odds, and have a feel for everything. How far along I am with my coaching and whether it’ll work, I don’t know. I tried to figure out the odds, and I just know what I’m coaching at Marshall presents us the best odds for winning.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 30, 2016 – Forty Environmental stewards were honored for contributing their time, equipment and finances to the Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs, DEMA throughout the year. These individuals were both residents and visitors who promoted the observation and helped to create an environmentally sustainable TCI.The Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (D.E.C.R.) hosted the annual Environmental Stewardship Awards at the beginning of the month. DECR Director, Dr John Claydon said The Turks and Caicos Islands is very fortunate to have so many people committed to protecting its wonderful natural environments. He added that, together, the efforts of the honored individuals help keep TCI “beautiful by nature.”Dr. Claydon went on to thank the recipients for their generosity and assistance and encourages the TCI community to sign up and get involved. You can see the list of those honorees at MagneticMediaTV.com, follow, like, link or subscribe. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: