Monday, January 23, 2012

Shane Battier - Beyond Statistics


Here is a fascinating look at what it takes to win in the NBA, the stuff that gets missed if all you look at is statistics.

From the New York Times:
"The No-Stats All-Star" by Michael Lewis
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/15/magazine/15Battier-t.html?pagewanted=1&adxnnlx=1325530815-CEymaHxj%20FynsvNmfoc25A

"His greatness is not marked in box scores or at slam-dunk contests, but on the court Shane Battier makes his team better, often much better, and his opponents worse, often much worse."

FWIW, this the player that I strive to be when I play hockey. I'm happy to do the little stuff, to cover the other teams best players, and to make the passes nobody notices--as long as we win.