Bits from Kevin O’Connor Interview, 6/3
How important are analytics and how much do you plan on using advanced numbers moving forward?
Well, we’ve used them for about the last 15 years. We got a book that’s about 121 pages, I think, long.* Bob Hyde, our CFO, has been doing it for probably the last 14 years…I think the thing we haven’t done is we haven’t beat on our chest to express the fact that we’ve, you know, we’ve been doing this stuff for awhile. I think Dennis [Lindsey] will take it even to another level, as far as that goes, and it’s certainly all part of what you try and do. It’s another resource to do. Now, I think when you were talking about [John Hollinger and Lionel Hollins’ reported clash over analytics], I don’t think it had anything to do with analytics here, or coaching. I think it had to do with somebody being on the floor when a coach was coaching his team. …
You can certainly sit down with ‘em, with coaches or whoever and have discussions at the appropriate time, but if they’re out there on the coaching floor and you’re trying, and you’re interrupting practice, shame on you. And I’m not saying the guy did that. I’m just saying that that’s not what you’re supposed to be doing.
How has Tyrone Corbin changed and matured in your mind?
KOC: I’m sorry, I missed that question.
Spencer Checketts: How has COACH Corbin changed and evolved over the last couple of years in your mind?
KOC: Oh, I, you know, again, I think that’s something that the two of us could speak about in private. It sounds like I’m giving him a rating as far as that goes. I think the one thing I do know is that he wo–he’s his hardest, he’s his toughest critic. And his self-evaluation is harder than anybody else could be on him. And I think he’s gonna continue to improve,* and that’s through work, that’s through the film sessions, that’s through summer camp, that, you know, he’s here for every workout. I think the work ethic that he’s exhibited, one, as a player, and two, as a person that really, really wants this franchise to improve* and wants himself to improve.* (1280)