“When I was growing up in L.A., the Rams’ coach, George Allen, hired the first special-teams coach, and he was ridiculed by old-school football coaches,” said Mark Warkentien, the Nuggets’ vice president of basketball operations. “Decades later, it became a huge part of the game. I think the quantitative analysis guys will go through a similar situation. I don’t think it will reach the level of a special-teams coach.
“But right now, it’s being scoffed at by old-school guys. We’ll look at it 20 years from now, it’ll be what you do — part of the deal.”
Oh, and also Carmelo Anthony:
“Oh, yeah, yeah, I know who you’re talking about. He’s George Karl’s brains.”
It was funny when Oliver and I both worked for the Sonics to see how players interacted with him. I remember Robert Swift once asking what Oliver got on his SATs.