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.
The man behind the Carmelo Anthony/Kevin Garnett/"Your Wife Tastes Like Honey Nut Cheerios" rumor goes by the name "Incarcerated Bob." That's about all we know about him for sure. Well, that and that he is one of the purest expressions of the Sports Internet currently walking the earth.
In which a reporter takes in a hugely meaningless Knicks game, sees the sights at Madison Square Garden, steals a few moments in the Knicks locker room, and attempts to deal with the implications of Carmelo Anthony's hideous sweater.
Steve Novak is not quite like any other NBA player. This is what has made his career so strange and mostly undistinguished, but also the thing that makes him so confoundingly, deceptively and inspiringly like the rest of us.