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The rvest implementation was the main thing that seemed like an R port of the python implementation rather than best use of rvest.

An alternate (simpler) implementation of the rvest web scraping example is at https://gist.github.com/jimhester/01087e190618cc91a213

It would be even simpler but basketball-reference designs it's tables for humans rather than for easy scraping.




>seemed like an R port of the python implementation

End of the github for rvest:

Inspirations

    Python: Robobrowser, beautiful soup.




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