The NBA is about to unleash Big Data about big men — a data onslaught that will change the way we experience spectator sports as profoundly as the invention of television.
We’ll soon know whether LeBron James runs faster in games on Tuesdays or Fridays. Or which player is likely to take the next shot. Or how a team’s pattern of passing works and whether you can disrupt the whole thing by shutting down a single connection between one player and another, the way a squirrel can knock out a regional electric grid by getting fried on one relay node.
We’re going to get so much data about stuff we never had data about that it will be years before software jockeys figure out the best ways to use it.