[Sports Illustrated] Chris Ballard Piece on Daryl Morey - "Moneyballsy"

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  1. durvasa

    durvasa Contributing Member

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    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1206495/1/index.htm

    http://insidesportsillustrated.com/2012/11/28/moneyballsy/

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    Chris Ballard on How The Rockets Are Bringing Moneyball To The NBA

    Rockets G.M. Daryl Morey is the NBA’s equivalent of baseball’s Billy Beane. He sees basketball differently from most NBA executives, and using analytical methods that many other general managers reject – or even mock – Morey revamped his roster in the off-season, working the margins of the sport’s economy, then unloading players when their value peaked. Morey knows many other executives are rooting for him to fail, but Chris Ballard explores why Morey will risk everything to back up his methods (page 55).
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    The latest print issue of Sports Illustrated has a piece by Chris Ballard (author of "The Art of a Beautiful Game" -- I provided a summary on the parts about the Rockets in that book here) on Daryl Morey and what the Rockets are doing with their "moneyball" approach.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't look like his latest piece on the Rockets will appear online. If anyone gets Sports Illustrated, please post on any interesting parts you read from this article.
     
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  2. mirus

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    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Going to post a few of the shorter extras here now. As always, apologies in advance for timeline clog...</p>&mdash; Chris Ballard (@SI_ChrisBallard) <a href="https://twitter.com/SI_ChrisBallard/status/274241061411500032" data-datetime="2012-11-29T19:58:58+00:00">November 29, 2012</a></blockquote>
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    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>In his office, Morey keeps a few favorite letters. One he calls "my letter from God." Return address proves it: God Shammgod</p>&mdash; Chris Ballard (@SI_ChrisBallard) <a href="https://twitter.com/SI_ChrisBallard/status/274241415201042432" data-datetime="2012-11-29T20:00:23+00:00">November 29, 2012</a></blockquote>
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    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Morey claims to be "world class" at two things: ping-pong and Pop-A-Shot. Can attest to the former.</p>&mdash; Chris Ballard (@SI_ChrisBallard) <a href="https://twitter.com/SI_ChrisBallard/status/274242013577236480" data-datetime="2012-11-29T20:02:45+00:00">November 29, 2012</a></blockquote>
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    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Morey says best NBA Pop-A-Shot player he's met is Aaron Brooks, who uses two hands and spins the balls up, bocce-style</p>&mdash; Chris Ballard (@SI_ChrisBallard) <a href="https://twitter.com/SI_ChrisBallard/status/274243804054319104" data-datetime="2012-11-29T20:09:52+00:00">November 29, 2012</a></blockquote>
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    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Morey on Sam Presti: "I think Sam is the best GM in the league. I mean, he's really * really * good."</p>&mdash; Chris Ballard (@SI_ChrisBallard) <a href="https://twitter.com/SI_ChrisBallard/status/274242179126415360" data-datetime="2012-11-29T20:03:25+00:00">November 29, 2012</a></blockquote>
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    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Morey on his HS hoops: “My career was like Luther Head’s. I had a lot of time then I went downhill. By senior year I wasn’t playing at all."</p>&mdash; Chris Ballard (@SI_ChrisBallard) <a href="https://twitter.com/SI_ChrisBallard/status/274243313719189505" data-datetime="2012-11-29T20:07:55+00:00">November 29, 2012</a></blockquote>
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    Something similar.Not sure if it's part of the article,but interesting
    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-in-reply-to="274242657113481216"><p>@<a href="https://twitter.com/si_chrisballard">si_chrisballard</a> Didn't realize Doc was his shooting coach -Doc was my coach at Burlingame High. Great guy - doing well at Pinewood</p>&mdash; jeff chang (@TheReal_JSC) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheReal_JSC/status/274262350079598592" data-datetime="2012-11-29T21:23:34+00:00">November 29, 2012</a></blockquote>
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    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-in-reply-to="274263568315211778"><p>@<a href="https://twitter.com/si_chrisballard">si_chrisballard</a> let's just agree that in a starting lineup filled w/3 PT shooters, I wasn't one of them.</p>&mdash; jeff chang (@TheReal_JSC) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheReal_JSC/status/274263995794468864" data-datetime="2012-11-29T21:30:06+00:00">November 29, 2012</a></blockquote>
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    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>....Lin: "Like 80% of my shots are short, and he thinks it's due to the high arc."</p>&mdash; Chris Ballard (@SI_ChrisBallard) <a href="https://twitter.com/SI_ChrisBallard/status/274242818715815937" data-datetime="2012-11-29T20:05:57+00:00">November 29, 2012</a></blockquote>
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  3. mirus

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    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Check out <a href="http://t.co/bePG4Lvg" title="http://si.com">si.com</a> tomorrow for more in-depth stuff (including the roster to Morey's 1994 NBA fantasy team)...</p>&mdash; Chris Ballard (@SI_ChrisBallard) <a href="https://twitter.com/SI_ChrisBallard/status/274244003606712320" data-datetime="2012-11-29T20:10:40+00:00">November 29, 2012</a></blockquote>
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    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>...and of course go buy the mag so you can read the full Rockets story, as well as a kickass feature from @<a href="https://twitter.com/sitimlayden">sitimlayden</a></p>&mdash; Chris Ballard (@SI_ChrisBallard) <a href="https://twitter.com/SI_ChrisBallard/status/274244205579227137" data-datetime="2012-11-29T20:11:28+00:00">November 29, 2012</a></blockquote>
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  4. mike_lu

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    Sounds really interesting.
     
  5. just a word

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    HAHHA yes. Yes this is why I love Battier.
     
  6. RV6

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    Ouch @ Luther Head comment.

    And the coach is right about Lin's shot. I've said before he was lofting the ball up, rather than guiding it with his follow through. Mario Elie-ish. Ball travels vertically too much.


    Wrong thread, I assume.

    Some more tweets:

    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Morey says best NBA Pop-A-Shot player he's met is Aaron Brooks, who uses two hands and spins the balls up, bocce-style</p>&mdash; Chris Ballard (@SI_ChrisBallard) <a href="https://twitter.com/SI_ChrisBallard/status/274243804054319104" data-datetime="2012-11-29T20:09:52+00:00">November 29, 2012</a></blockquote>
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    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Check out <a href="http://t.co/bePG4Lvg" title="http://si.com">si.com</a> tomorrow for more in-depth stuff (including the roster to Morey's 1994 NBA fantasy team)...</p>&mdash; Chris Ballard (@SI_ChrisBallard) <a href="https://twitter.com/SI_ChrisBallard/status/274244003606712320" data-datetime="2012-11-29T20:10:40+00:00">November 29, 2012</a></blockquote>
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  7. treyk3

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    Really great article I recommend picking up the issue. Has luck on the cover.

    A few interesting bits.

    Alexander on morey's future: stick with him as long as it works... When will we know? Two years

    Parsons: nice to be part of something that's going to be special... Or at least I hope so. (Referring to staying)
     
  8. GoRockets!

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    My question: if Lin reduces arc on his shot, would he still be able to hit those shots over Paul Gasol and Dirk like he did last year? :confused:
     
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    Pau Gasol

    And hopefully he doesn't have to.. He'll be able to get his basket around those guys, this is mainly for his set jumpshot
     
  10. OremLK

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    I can totally see Lin pulling a Steve Nash and just getting better and better the older he gets.
     
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    We're F###ed.
     
  12. BraveFox

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    barring some injury there's no other way for Jeremy
     
  13. HMMMHMM

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    Key term here is "foundational player".

    Morey has already said himself that one of the worst things you can do is spend max money on non-max players.

    I don't think we have to worry about Morey giving big bucks to Al Jefferson, Josh Smith or Paul Millsap.
     
  14. Chef_Monteur

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    Morey picked the wrong sport to play moneyball in. You simply cannot win championships in the NBA without having the best player in the league on your team.

    Baseball and Football, you can win using sabermetrics. Basketball, you cannot.
     
  15. D-rock

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    Josh Smith may not be Morey's first choice, but I bet he is on Morey's short list next season (or via trade).
     
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  17. HMMMHMM

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    Meh. Having the best player in the league certainly gives you a great shot, but you need a lot more than just one player and you can very well win the title with your best player being a top-5 or top-10 player.
     
  18. Chef_Monteur

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    The 04 Pistons were an enigma. And they didn't repeat as champs.

    If you want any real staying power in the NBA you need the best player in the league to make that happen.
     
  19. Chef_Monteur

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    Look, if you run down the list of NBA champions you will seldomly find a team that didn't have talent.

    In the MLB or the NFL, you can find plenty of teams that win while not being the top 5 most talented team in the league.

    With the NBA, you need a superstar. In the other sports you don't.
     
  20. Chef_Monteur

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    Give me some examples of teams that can win without a top 5 player.
     

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