hankscorpioLA wrote:Mikistan wrote:RyderMike wrote:Guess they chose not to continue the double letter pattern of NN, SS, and FF.
On a serious note, congrats to her. An analytics specialist is definitely a huge upgrade over whatever Castleberry did. Is there a max number of assistant coaches? Seems like we have like 8 or 9, with a 15 man roster. Meanwhile the NHL has 3 assistant coaches with a 23 man roster
Her analytics background: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/brittnidonaldson
(I didn't linkedin stalk - first link on google)
To be fair, the nba is a bit far behind on this.
They can easily go the route of the NFL, have offensive and defensive coordinators up top, with live statistics linked to IBM Watson and an earpiece to the head coach.
Everytime the opposing team makes a substitution you can have real time 3,4 man and 5man unit statistics updating, have offensive and defensive coordinators giving input on statistical best options or substitutions to counter, have live cameras mapping plays and comparing to catalogues of scouting videos of opponent offensive or defensive schemes.
Instead we just have a head coach yelling and walking up and down the sideline.
The reason why that works in the NFL is that the game consists of a series of individual plays with breaks between them. And it uses separate personnel for offense and defense, so after each series, there is an opportunity to review and discuss.
Basketball consists of possessions that go back and forth in a continuous manner with minimal breaks. Players are constantly moving and making adjustments on the fly. You can't have 3 or 4 other people calling things out or it will devolve into chaos.
There are 53 players on an NFL team. There are three completely different units, each of which has a different mix of packages and personnel that they use, meaning there are hundreds of different potential combinations. You need multiple coaches just to keep track of it.
There are 12 players on an NBA team, 8 of which play the vast majority of the minutes. Most teams run variations on a dozen or so different plays and ideally use only about 10-15 different lineup combinations in any given game. It is easily something one person with two assistants can manage.