Sam Hinkie's Resignation Letter →August 30, 2022 • #
This resignation letter from former Philadephia 76ers GM Sam Hinkie is full of gems. Here are a couple.
On contrarianism in a short-sighted league when you’re always under the microscope:
To develop truly contrarian views will require a never-ending thirst for better, more diverse inputs. What player do you think is most undervalued? Get him for your team. What basketball axiom is most likely to be untrue? Take it on and do the opposite. What is the biggest, least valuable time sink for the organization? Stop doing it. Otherwise, it’s a big game of pitty pat, and you’re stuck just hoping for good things to happen, rather than developing a strategy for how to make them happen.
On traditions, conventional wisdom, and the limits of advanced statistics in basketball:
Maybe someday the information teams have at their disposal won’t require scouring the globe watching talented players and teams. That day has not arrived, and my Marriott Rewards points prove it from all the Courtyards I sleep in from November to March. There is so much about projecting players that we still capture best by seeing it in person and sharing (and debating) those observations with our colleagues. What kind of teammate is he? How does he play under pressure? How broken is his shot? Can he fight over a screen? Does he respond to coaching? How hard will he work to improve? And maybe the key one: will he sacrifice—his minutes, his touches, his shots, his energy, his body—for the ultimate team game that rewards sacrifice? That information, as imperfect and subjective as it may be, comes to light most readily in gyms and by watching an absolute torrent of video.
- Weekend Reading: NBA Bubble, Digital Homesteads, and Amateurs vs. Professionals — Life in the NBA bubble, homesteading on Twitter, and what separates professionals and amateurs.
- Success and Failure — Interesting move from Cleaning the Glass to shift from basketball writing to analytics data.
- Conference Finals — Golden State/Portland and Milwaukee/Toronto in the 2018-19 conference finals.