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The Jonah Keri Podcast, Episode 30

10 March 2011

My guest this week is Daryl Morey, General Manager of the Houston Rockets and chairman of the annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. You can follow him on Twitter @dmorey.

The topics we cover:

  • 0:30-2:30: The evolution of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference
  • 2:31-3:40: Getting the best information from Sloan panelists who are motivated not to share proprietary information
  • 3:41-6:57: Coming back from a mediocre season in the NBA
  • 6:58-8:14: Is it possible to draft a superstar in late rounds in the NBA?
  • 8:15-9:14: How did the NBA draft become so efficient over the past decade?
  • 9:15-10:21: The phenomenon of NBA teams hiring smart young statheads going to NBA front offices
  • 10:22-11:52: Why does the owner of an NBA team make such a difference?
  • 11:53-13:12: How do you convince a player to come to a city like Houston?
  • 13:13-16:49: Is the playoff system getting it wrong?
  • 16:50-21:42: International scouting in the NBA
  • 21:43-22:24: How does a GM navigate the uncertainty of the Collective Bargaining Agreement?
  • 22:25-24:19: Are there revelations that reporters can make that other teams don’t already know?
  • 24:20-25:17: Is there any hands-on coaching in the NBA?
  • 25:18-28:08: How much difference can tactics make?
  • 28:09-29:49: Meshing analytics with coaching
  • 29:50-31:42: Players who focus only on basketball and girls
  • 31:43-end: Food Pick of the Week
  • My pick
    Daryl’s pick

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