According To Brian Windhorst's Sources, Some NBA Teams Are Studying Analytics In An Effort To Make Tanking Harder A Little Bit Easier
I love this, and not just because it's a sign that actively losing has become so woven into the fabric of basketball that there is now a legit science to sucking, but also because the numbers nerds have to admit that there is officially such thing as knowing too much in sports. I'm not one of those people that's burping up beer and trying to remove the excess ketchup from my shirt was by way of tongue while campaigning for the separation of problem solving arithmetic and professional athletics. However, it is nice to see those that swear by nothing but analytics put in their place by the idea that all that math can both add and subtract from the product on the floor.
Of course, the allegation that even the teams that are disinterested in competing are interested in running the numbers to make sure they don't accidentally do so is proof that analytics aren't going anywhere. Despite what the crusty curmudgeons that think they've watched too much basketball to be schooled on more efficient ways of playing it might think, that's actually a good thing. Still, I'd be lying if I said no part of me was made happy by the prospect of those that think you need a TI-83 to talk sports in an educated manner taking even the smallest L by coming to grips with the fact that their computations are ultimately responsible for a whole hell of a lot of much more sizable L's. Just because the math is right, doesn't mean the answer always is. If you can't wrap your head around that word problem then I suggest you heed the words of David Fizdale and....