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Re: Other Notable Wizards' Front Office Hires (John Thompson III & Sashi Brown) 

Post#81 » by keynote » Thu Sep 26, 2019 11:21 pm

If my son makes the NBA, I'd probably act *exactly* like LaVar Ball: *insufferable*. Pray for me.
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Post#82 » by payitforward » Fri Sep 27, 2019 12:34 am

Unless I read that wrong, I don't think it's a basketball job in particular or that the research is necessarily team or even sports related. Well in some sense of course -- but not about sports analytics.
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Post#83 » by keynote » Fri Sep 27, 2019 1:14 am

Reads like analytics to me -- albeit more holistically than we're used to talking about it.
payitforward wrote:Unless I read that wrong, I don't think it's a basketball job in particular or that the research is necessarily team or even sports related. Well in some sense of course -- but not about sports analytics.
Position Overview: The Vice President, Research is responsible for leading all internal research initiatives, with the prime objective of identifying competitive advantages to winning championships. This position will identify, analyze, and deliver the key information to support the organizational strategies, critical decisions, and day to day operational needs of Monumental Basketball Operations. 

Responsibilities: 

Identify optimal strategies relating to player evaluation, game management, in-game tactics, roster building, contract and salary cap strategy, and broader league trends. 

Collaborate with the Information Technology department to maintain a dynamic and secure information system that anticipates the needs of Monumental Basketball Operations staff.

Provide the Basketball Operations Department with the best empirical data and data analysis available, ensuring objectivity and integrity of information through rigorous analytical methodologies and standards.

Create analytical models to test, evaluate, and validate alignment of strategies and decisions across Basketball Operations with organizations goals.

Participate in meetings and strategic discussions with senior leadership of Basketball Operations.

Support coaching and scouting staffs in research projects.

Present latest work and findings to senior leadership and ownership.

Prepare the Annual Report for the Research Department.

Support VP of Basketball Analytics in salary cap and contract and research projects. 
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Re: Other Notable Wizards' Front Office Hires (John Thompson III & Sashi Brown) 

Post#84 » by trast66 » Fri Sep 27, 2019 1:19 am

I think it’s basketball related. What a bunch of corporate mumbo jumbo:

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Post#85 » by badinage » Fri Sep 27, 2019 3:25 am

You vill ave fun.

You vill like it!
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Re: Other Notable Wizards' Front Office Hires (John Thompson III & Sashi Brown) 

Post#86 » by payitforward » Fri Sep 27, 2019 4:13 pm

keynote wrote:Reads like analytics to me -- albeit more holistically than we're used to talking about it.
payitforward wrote:Unless I read that wrong, I don't think it's a basketball job in particular or that the research is necessarily team or even sports related. Well in some sense of course -- but not about sports analytics.
Position Overview: The Vice President, Research is responsible for leading all internal research initiatives, with the prime objective of identifying competitive advantages to winning championships. This position will identify, analyze, and deliver the key information to support the organizational strategies, critical decisions, and day to day operational needs of Monumental Basketball Operations. 

Responsibilities: 

Identify optimal strategies relating to player evaluation, game management, in-game tactics, roster building, contract and salary cap strategy, and broader league trends. 

Collaborate with the Information Technology department to maintain a dynamic and secure information system that anticipates the needs of Monumental Basketball Operations staff.

Provide the Basketball Operations Department with the best empirical data and data analysis available, ensuring objectivity and integrity of information through rigorous analytical methodologies and standards.

Create analytical models to test, evaluate, and validate alignment of strategies and decisions across Basketball Operations with organizations goals.

Participate in meetings and strategic discussions with senior leadership of Basketball Operations.

Support coaching and scouting staffs in research projects.

Present latest work and findings to senior leadership and ownership.

Prepare the Annual Report for the Research Department.

Support VP of Basketball Analytics in salary cap and contract and research projects. 

Hands should apply for this job, what do you think?
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Re: Other Notable Wizards' Front Office Hires (John Thompson III & Sashi Brown) 

Post#87 » by payitforward » Tue Oct 1, 2019 11:12 pm

Here's the Rod Thorn specifics.
https://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/255560/Wizards-Hire-Rod-Thorn-As-Senior-Advisor-Tom-Tommy-Sheppard

Weirdly, it seems his title is going to be "Senior Advisor to the General Manager." I thought we didn't have a "General Manager" -- i.e. that Tommy's title was "President of Basketball Operation."

Seems like an awful lot of spoons stirring the soup -- lets hope it works out well.
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Re: Other Notable Wizards' Front Office Hires (John Thompson III & Sashi Brown) 

Post#88 » by Eli Babak » Wed Oct 2, 2019 5:57 pm

payitforward wrote:Weirdly, it seems his title is going to be "Senior Advisor to the General Manager." I thought we didn't have a "General Manager" -- i.e. that Tommy's title was "President of Basketball Operation."

Seems like an awful lot of spoons stirring the soup -- lets hope it works out well.


He's a GM: https://www.nba.com/wizards/wizardsdirectoryhtml

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Post#89 » by Chocolate City Jordanaire » Thu Oct 3, 2019 5:10 pm

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Post#90 » by Chocolate City Jordanaire » Thu Oct 3, 2019 5:14 pm

https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/wizards/hall-famer-rod-thorn-sees-solid-foundation-being-laid-wizards?amp&__twitter_impression=true

"In today's world, you're a phone call away," Thorn said. "Whatever Tommy and the team would like out of me, that's what I will attempt to do. [I will be] critiquing whatever they would like me to critique."




Rod Thorn to NBC Sports


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Re: Other Notable Wizards' Front Office Hires (John Thompson III & Sashi Brown) 

Post#91 » by WallToWall » Fri Oct 4, 2019 5:56 pm

We went from 1 person in a virtual bubble running the show, to a whole bunch of folks who I have no clue what they do. The pendulum has swung way off to the other side.
Wait and see what all this brings...

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Post#92 » by payitforward » Fri Oct 4, 2019 7:10 pm

Chocolate City Jordanaire wrote:[https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/wizards/hall-famer-rod-thorn-sees-solid-foundation-being-laid-wizards?amp&__twitter_impression=true

Quote]"In today's world, you're a phone call away," Thorn said. "Whatever Tommy and the team would like out of me, that's what I will attempt to do. [I will be] critiquing whatever they would like me to critique."


Rod Thorn to NBC Sports[/quote]
I love that he said "a phone call away." Not exactly a millenial!! :)

Main point for me was that he said he wasn't going to be around all that much, which indicates that he won't have an active, shaping role. He'll be a resource, & no doubt he'll have special projects as well.
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Post#93 » by Chocolate City Jordanaire » Fri Oct 4, 2019 9:12 pm

payitforward wrote:
I love that he said "a phone call away." Not exactly a millenial!! :)

Main point for me was that he said he wasn't going to be around all that much, which indicates that he won't have an active, shaping role. He'll be a resource, & no doubt he'll have special projects as well.


Things couldn't be any more anti-Grunfeldian. This is a good thing!

All kinds of resources, much transparency, legitimacy, and winning culture are a call away at worst. I just know the clock is ticking on Scott Brooks, too.
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