The New York Knicks stage-managed their team's media rollout as best they could, and with all the paranoid passion the organization brings to its engagements with the media. Nevertheless, plenty of humanity still seeped into the proceedings—because these were the Knicks, and because that's just the way it works.
Roy Hibbert said a very wrong, dumb thing when he popped off with a "no homo" during a press conference after Indiana's Game Six win. Wrong as that was to say, he also said it in the wrong place.
The general mood at the Sloan Sports and Analytics Conference was that of a happy revolution, and a celebration of good, new ideas overtaking and replacing bad, old ones. But how bloodless is this coup, really, and what would the post-revolution landscape look like?
The Sloan Sports and Analytics Conference may not have been quite the revolution as its most ardent acolytes imagined, but a lot of business cards were exchanged anyway. Part one of a two-part dispatch from a land where the GM of the Houston Rockets is something like a king, and all believe that some great change is coming.