LeBron James made about $30 million from owning a small stake in Beats Electronics, also known as Beats By Dre, when the company was bought by Apple. He was an early investor in that company, and he may get to be an early investor in another innovative project once again. The Ohio City start-up called Phenom promised LeBron a stake in their business if he returned to the Cavs, and, although the promise was a PR stunt, they have drawn up papers to give the King some of their brainchild. This start-up has an app for amateur athletes to show off their gear and the staff they train with. The president of Phenom wants to release some more features for the app before presenting LeBron with the ownership paperwork. Right now, the business is not generating revenue and is focused on creating a following.
Team USA looked bad during the first half, while Lithuania looked competent. America’s offense looked like a bunch of guys just playing pickup ball, and the defense just didn’t exist much of the game. The score at the end of first half didn’t reflect that though. The talent gap between the two teams was too big for Lithuania to overcome, as they entered the second half of the game down by eight. James Harden blew the game open in the third quarter by scoring 16 points and missing only one shot. Kyrie kept the US lead growing in the fourth quarter scoring 11 points in the period to go with two assists. The US could have ended the game by a larger margin if they had made their free throws instead of going 11-20.
Back in April, Cavs: The Blog writer Tom Pestak took a ton of time to try and figure out which Cavs two man units were the most effective using plus-minus data for individual players and plus-minus data for two man units. To make some sense of that data, a little math was required. Plus-minus (PM) numbers don’t take into account how many minutes players and lineups played, so it needs to be adjusted to be looked at as a per 48 minute rate. Once that rate is figured out it can be used for all sorts of fun stuff. By comparing players’ expected PM/48 in lineups to their lineup’s actual on the court PM/48, you can see how well the players made magic together. If the numbers match up, then the unit played average, but if the two numbers are drastically different, the unit either under-performed or over-performed.
Tom did this exhaustive exercise for two man units on the Cavs. The conclusion: everything commonly thought was more or less wrong. CJ Miles was a beast, Andy V and Matty D made everyone better, and Kyrie only exceeded an expected PM/48 number when playing with Miles.