Data, data, data. No surprise. However, surprisingly many people questioned the value of some of the data.
At the In-Game Innovations: Genius or Gimmick panel George Karl tells us data is missing what he really wants: a measure of “teamness.” In the final panel Building a Dynasty,” the “Zen Master” Phil Jackson echoed Karl’s sentiments by stating the next step that will go into sports will be “how to build chemistry.”
The “Zen Master” entertaining the crowd:
Like both of these great coaches, I place high value in team chemistry. Listening to all the non-teamness stats used in player evaluation makes me concerned this critical component is significantly undervalued.
I’ll keep this post brief and conclude it with some great quotes from today.
“I’m already broke, so I can’t fall that far,” Bill Gurley General Partner Benchmark Capital.
Regarding the sports industry “You’ve got to hustle,” Casey Wasserman Chairman & CEO Wasserman Media Group.
“I think these minute restrictions are bullshit,” Stan Van Gundy NBA Coach.
“The most important thing we do in the NBA is decide who is on our team,” Stan Van Gundy NBA Coach.
Regarding moneyball “Earl Weaver knew that shit before anyone started doing it,” Stan Van Gundy NBA Coach.
“Practices are really important to the team,” Phil Jackson Former NBA Coach.
“Those players that push the team forward are those that win championships,” Phil Jackson Former NBA Coach.
Regarding where Tom Brady would be drafted using current analytics “Brady deserves to be 1st pick, but I don’t think he would be,” Jonathan Kraft President The Kraft Group.
As time allows I will follow up with more detailed discussions about day 1 of the conference.