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Mavs hire Haralabos Voulgaris

Discussion in 'NBA Dish' started by J.R., Oct 4, 2018.

  1. J.R.

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    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/...ks-director-quantitative-research-development

    In another example of how dramatically the NBA's embracing the gambling industry, the Dallas Mavericks are hiring former professional sports gambler Bob Voulgaris as director of quantitative research and development, league sources told ESPN.

    For years, Voulgaris made a living betting on NBA games, successfully wagering based on his research and information. Voulgaris is known for his deep analytics and expertise on coaching strategy and tendencies of individual referees.

    Voulgaris created a popular NBA Twitter following at @haralabob, where he regularly dispensed basketball information, opinions and data.

    In part, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is expected to utilize Voulgaris as a strategic thinker who will help examine on-court strategy in big picture ways.

    The state-by-state legalization of sports gambling has inspired the NBA and teams to better harness information and betting expertise to create revenue, and advance the gathering of information.
     
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    And the Tillman cannot afford his own sports gambler.
     
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    he should give @Kwame a chance
     
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    In summary, Mark Cuban is of the belief that legalized gambling on NBA games is going to have an impact on how the game is reffed. I have confidence in Bossman Tilman as owner of Golden Nugget Casinos to be swift in creating a similar position for our Rockets. This special brand of analytics sounds like it should be well-adopted here by our front office and star players.

    It makes me wonder if the Rockets or other teams haven't caught on to what is called "ref analytics" and using it to devise game plans per reffing crew. As a CFer, it's indirectly referenced all the time on our message boards come playoff time.
     
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  5. Deuce

    Deuce Context & Nuance

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    This sucks. Haralabos was AWESOME on Twitter with his game commentary. Really gonna miss that.

    Hate that he is helping Cuban, now to boot. :mad:
     
  6. Ziggy

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    Cuban hacked the system kinda.
     
  7. J.R.

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    Dallas Mavericks have parted ways with Haralabos Voulgaris

    Haralabos “Bob” Voulgaris and the organization have parted ways, a league source confirmed. The source stressed that Vougaris, hired in 2018 as director of quantitative research and development, was not fired. His contract expired and was not renewed by new president and general manager Nico Harrison.

    Thus answers the lingering, most-asked, non-player-related offseason question among fans and media: “What about Bob?”

    Voulgaris’ departure isn’t surprising, considering the issues regarding him raised shortly after last season in a story in The Athletic, which portrayed former professional gambler Voulgaris as having usurped the power of longtime president and general manager Donnie Nelson.

    Subsequently, owner Mark Cuban and sources within the organization refuted The Athletic’s characterization of how much authority Voulgaris actually had, but within days Nelson was forced out and coach Rick Carlisle resigned.

    Though the exact level of last season’s dysfunction within the organization remains unclear, there is no doubt Voulgaris was a polarizing figure.

    Depending on whom you ask, he either was a genius who consistently delivered “next-level” analytics intel or he was the Mavericks’ Yoko Ono, with an abrasive personality that sometimes rankled.

    When Harrison and coach Jason Kidd were hired on June 28, the question became: Was Voulgaris’ intel worth the distraction and unflattering perception that his continued presence might cause?

    Though the answer seemed logical and clear, Cuban further fanned the mystery surrounding Voulgaris’ employment status when asked to clarify it during the Harrison-Kidd introductory news conference on July 15: “I don’t talk about anybody who is on or off the payroll. Never have, never will.”

    On July 26, nearly a month after his hiring, Harrison said during an appearance on 1310 The Ticket [KTCK-AM] that he had yet to meet Voulgaris and did not know his contract status.

    “I understand how much chaos he’s caused,” Harrison said that day. “I really don’t even want to get into it about him, I really just focus on the people that are here and who we’re working with.”

    That answer seemed pretty indicative enough of Voulgaris’ status, and a source now confirms it.
     
  8. mario_v

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    I heard he’s the Jack Easterby of the nba.
     
  9. Dr of Dunk

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    I thought there was an article a while back that said Doncic didn't like him or something. And if Doncic doesn't like you, the Mavs probably will probably end up letting you go. lol.
     
  10. tycoonchip

    tycoonchip Tilman has Aids!
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    Sounds Vulgar! Right up Cuban's alley!
     
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    He probably told Doncic that based on Ref analytics he needed to stop whining so much, and now bob is aloneinthecorner, again
     
  12. napalm06

    napalm06 John Lucas University™
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    Never heard much of anything about all of the "chaos" and "dysfunction" and "usurping" that he did. (It's never good when anyone is usurping.) I must be doing a good job avoiding Mavs media.
     
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  13. sirjesse

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    The Mavs hired hilarious vulgar?
     
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    Shame. Anyone who causes additional dysfunction for the Mavericks is a hero.
     
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    I listened to the whole thing. I just don't buy some of the stuff he's saying.

    He had Cuban's ear that was powerful. In the end it wasn't enough.

    Donnie left.
    Carlie left.
    Mosley left.
    Doncic not liking him is what did him in.
     
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  18. ThrillaNManilla

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    His name sounds like a spell from Harry Poter.
     
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  20. sirjesse

    sirjesse We don't need another Herro.
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    That’s a Haralabos signing, just Haralabos.
     

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