John Hollinger Rumors
As John Hollinger wrote in 2009, there’s a new motto in today’s NBA: Live by the 3 or die. “Few stats correlate better with winning than 3-point attempts,” he wrote. “We all know if you don’t shoot the 3, you’re probably not going to win,” says Popovich, whose Spurs set an NBA Finals record for 3s last year. “Everybody in the league shoots the 3-point shot well and knows the importance. “I still hate it.”
Hollinger: I met one or two guys like that (who believe the numbers trump all). They don’t work in the league….I don’t think you can do it that way. Eventually, the same thing is going to happen to guys who think they can do it without any data at all.
Myth No. 5: Stat guys don’t even watch the games. Hollinger: We watch a lot of (bleeping) games. I don’t know where that one started. I guarantee you everyone who’s doing analytics watches a lot more games than Charles Barkley does.