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(ESPN)   NBA ex-players sound just like their baseball counterparts, anonymously grumble that new breed of basketball front-office personnel are quants and stat geeks who don't understand grit, chemistry, or the will to win   (espn.go.com) divider line 14
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2014-03-27 10:02:39 AM
Give them the Rudy Gay Test.
 
2014-03-27 10:16:19 AM
Sounds like they're not just having fun out there, giving it 110%, or taking it one game at a time. Operating on pure grit, pluck, and desire, all of which they will be tested for after the game.

/put me in the camp that says you can't measure everything with statisticals, but they are a useful tool for evaluations
 
2014-03-27 10:31:40 AM
Grit doesn't matter if you historically shoot 38% at the line on the front end of a one-and-one with a 1 to 4 point lead with less than 45 seconds to go when you're on the road.
 
2014-03-27 11:56:33 AM
Even though things like SportsVU can track, with incredible accuracy, how efficient certain lineups are, and how much effort each player on the court is giving at any moment.
 
2014-03-27 11:57:19 AM
I like how the assumption here is that playing in the NBA automatically means that you know how to run a team better than some "stat geek". Because, clearly, stat geeks wouldn't have been smart enough to draft Kwame Brown 1st overall. Or sign him for 2yrs/$6m over 10 years later. (Collins reportedly wanted to actually sign him for *5* years at, like, $14m.)
 
2014-03-27 12:14:55 PM
Ya know, you can look at both statistics and intangibles.

In basketball, you do need to take into account chemistry.  There's only 1 ball.
 
2014-03-27 12:44:04 PM
Billy King, Isiah Thomas, Michael Jordan.

Now shut up about former players having any particular ability to evaluate talent.

iamskibibitz: Grit doesn't matter if you historically shoot 38% at the line on the front end of a one-and-one


One and one's don't exist in the NBA and are, by far, the stupidest part of college basketball.
 
2014-03-27 12:45:53 PM

IAmRight: One and one's don't exist in the NBA and are, by far, the stupidest part of college basketball.


1 & 1 doesn't make sense other than to try and keep games close.. but stupidest?  Hmm

Possession arrow?
35 second clock?
White guys jumping off the bench cheering?

There're a lot of stupid things in college basketball
 
2014-03-27 12:49:36 PM

MugzyBrown: White guys jumping off the bench cheering?


That is my favorite thing about college basketball.

How about:

Inability to hit open looks.
Six chances to win the game because the defense can't get a rebound.
CRAZY FANS SECTIONS!
 
2014-03-27 12:54:32 PM

Gunny Highway: How about:

Inability to hit open looks.
Six chances to win the game because the defense can't get a rebound.
CRAZY FANS SECTIONS!


Pass to wing - look inside - pass up top - pass to wing - pass up top - pass to other wing - pass up top - pass to wing - dribble - pass up top - dribble -dribble -dribble contested 3!!!!!
 
2014-03-27 01:11:18 PM

MugzyBrown: 1 & 1 doesn't make sense other than to try and keep games close.. but stupidest?  Hmm

Possession arrow?
35 second clock?
White guys jumping off the bench cheering?


Possession arrow is silly but eh, I'm fine with it. It's not like it's an advantage to a team breaking the rules like a 1 and 1 in a level of the game where guys don't hit free throws.

35 second clock is obscenely long, though. It's crazy when I'm watching a "play" and thinking "f*ck, they're about to get a clock violation; the defense is killing it"...and there's 15 seconds left.

/I love student sections and pep bands and bench cheering
//short three-point lines are ridiculous too, but without 'em there wouldn't be many upsets in the tourney
 
2014-03-27 01:14:26 PM
Mostly true.
 
2014-03-27 01:20:41 PM

IAmRight: /I love student sections and pep bands and bench cheering


The droning noise fad the CAMERON CAAAAAARAZIES is not good but I was probably out of line including them haha.
 
2014-03-27 04:11:32 PM

iamskibibitz: Grit doesn't matter if you historically shoot 38% at the line on the front end of a one-and-one with a 1 to 4 point lead with less than 45 seconds to go when you're on the road.


There are no one-and-ones in the NBA. The stupidest part of college basketball has to be their three point line, though. The NBA's three point line is too close, college is ridiculous.
 
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