Sammy Gelfand Rumors
Gelfand got some prime TV time when the superstar Curry, recovering from a sprained knee, insisted on sitting beside him during multiple first-round playoff games. But his claim to fame during Golden State’s four-season run of roaring success might be his role in helping the Warriors establish 300 passes as their nightly team goal. Golden State was last in the N.B.A. in passes per game, stuck in the 240s, when Kerr succeeded Mark Jackson after a first-round playoff exit to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014. Kerr turned to Gelfand to help establish a new benchmark — 300 — which has evolved into the team’s magic number and a symbol of its culture.
There was also an assist from advanced technology. These sorts of stats weren’t easily attainable until SportVU cameras that track every angle of the game were installed in NBA arenas shortly before Kerr took over. Sammy Gelfand, the Warriors’ analytics manager, helped set up this pivotal play too. Gelfand, who worked for the Warriors’ D-League team from 2011 to 2013 and joined Golden State in Jackson’s final season, is the author of the postgame scouting report that always leads with the latest game’s passing total. Kerr used to pound this point every day, As the Warriors became more committed to this concept, their team-wide goal grew as well: They now aim for 320 passes per game, or roughly three per possession.
“It’s amazing how good of a feel they have,” Gelfand said. “I remember a couple times after games, guys would be like, ‘I don’t think we got it.’ Especially early on (in 2014). Once they started to figure out the 300 games, and how they did, vs. the non-300 games, it was incredible to me how they picked it up.” Added Green: “Most of the time when we don’t hit that mark, you can feel it and you know going into the next day in the film session that ‘We didn’t play that well,’ and that number will come up and it’s like, ‘Yeah, it figures. It was nasty.’ It just kind of becomes more instinctual. “Even if you weren’t necessarily a great shooter, you were still a threat, and that’s kind of what this has blossomed into.”
The Golden State Warriors today announced a number of promotions in the team’s Basketball Operations department, highlighted by the promotions of Bob Myers to the role of president of basketball operations/general manager, Travis Schlenk to vice president of basketball operations/assistant general manager, Kirk Lacob to vice president of GSW Sports Ventures/assistant general manager, and Larry Harris to assistant general manager/director of player personnel. Additional promotions include Nick U’Ren as director of coaching operations/special assistant to the head coach, Jonnie West as director of player programs, Nanea McGuigan as director of basketball administration/player programs, Chelsea Lane as head of physical performance and sports medicine, Drew Yoder as head athletic trainer, Roger Sancho as assistant trainer, James Laughlin as video coordinator, and Sammy Gelfand as manager of basketball analytics.