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  • Sacramento Kings part ways with analytics guru Dean Oliver

    Vlade Divac and Vivek Ranadive mean business. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)Vlade Divac and Vivek Ranadive mean business. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)The Sacramento Kings' turbulent summer shows no signs of reaching stability. In an offseason that has already seen a confounding power struggle between head coach George Karl and star DeMarcus Cousins and curious moves in free agency to chase a very unlikely playoff berth, the franchise has now cut ties with a notable member of the front office. The latest decision falls in line with recent patterns while simultaneously raising new concerns about the future of the Kings.

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    According to a report from Sportando, Sacramento has ceased communication with so-called "father of basketball analytics" Dean Oliver, who was hired as the team's director of player personnel and analytics just this September. Oliver, whose 2004 book "Basketball on Paper" continues to be a foundational text of the advanced analytics movement, appears to have butted heads with Vlade Divac, who has become the team's lead basketball decision-maker

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  • Here's Tony Parker evading a tiger on French game show 'Fort Boyard'

    Pretty much every high-level professional sports contract has clauses regarding which activities athletes cannot engage in off the field of play. The idea makes sense — if franchises are going to pay guys millions of dollars, then they want some legal protection against an injury that did not occur on company time. You never know if someone might do something crazy during the offseason.

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    For instance, we're going to bet that the contract between the San Antonio Spurs and longtime point guard Tony Parker does not allow him to drive a rusted-over, potentially water-powered car in order to evade a tiger and solve a complicated alphabet-based puzzle game. Yet that's exactly what Parker will do on an upcoming French game show appearance. And he will have some help from fellow basketball-playing countrymen Boris Diaw, Nicolas Batum, and Ronny Turiaf. Take a look (via EOB):

    The series is called "Fort Boyard," and it's

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