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Basketball story

I know nothing about sports, but this story is interesting; why we used to buy the Sunday Times.

For most of its history basketball has measured not so much what is important as what is easy to measure — points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocked shots — and these measurements have warped perceptions of the game. (“Someone created the box score,” Morey says, “and he should be shot.”)

Drunks looking for the key under the lamp post.

I wonder how many other metrics we use every day are like that?

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Submitted by Salmo on

I was a jock for a lot of years, and I do know about sports. Defense, hustle, discipline, and other hard to measure intangibles define a winning team. For non-team sports, the equation is different, but any team sport depends at least as much on these intangibles as it does on the performances that give the stars their statistics. The interesting thing for me is the role of coaching. I played on one team that was heavy with juniors and sophomores, and finished near the bottom of the league. Next year we had a new coach, and a bit more maturity, and we won. We had almost the same guys, same athleticism, and same skills, but our practices and our games were efficient, focused, and people's talents were used effectively. Getting back to the story about Battier, at least as important as his defensive skills was the management and coaching skill to recognize talents and organize what their team did to use those talents. Leadership matters.

Yes, a lot of life is like that. We can all think of jobs where some prima donna allstar wrecked discipline, morale, and hustle. Certainly, politics works the same way.

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Submitted by Sarah on

'cause the Cowboys need a Shane Battier-type -- maybe in the front office or signing all the checks as owner, even.

Salmo has it right:

Getting back to the story about Battier, at least as important as his defensive skills was the management and coaching skill to recognize talents and organize what their team did to use those talents. Leadership matters.
Yes, a lot of life is like that. We can all think of jobs where some prima donna allstar wrecked discipline, morale, and hustle. Certainly, politics works the same way.