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Bits from Quin Snyder Interview, 2/12

February 13, 2015
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Quin Snyder on Enes Kanter
I think Enes is getting better. You know, I think he’s committed to the defensive end in a way that pleases me, particularly the progress he’s made from the beginning of the year….

[Our primary goal] is for our guys to, you know, right now, to really start to improve, and for those pieces to get better and hopefully provide even more of a foundation for us going forward. And Enes has been another guy that, I know, I feel like has been invested in that way. And I’m really happy with our staff and the job that they’re doing with all our guys. And you know, I hope Enes will continue to do that. …

I will say that, you know, we’re in an emotional business, and anything that is said or done, to, surrounding a game and I kinda, I discount on some level…I do think, also, that we all need to remember that we’re dealing, particularly with our team, with guys that are, you know, really young people.

And often times, whether it’s emotion, whatever, you know, I don’t know, like, again, the exact situation, but whoever we have with our team, and I have complete trust in Dennis [Lindsey] and ownership that we’ll — we have good people and Enes is a good person and we’ll just continue to try to get better with the group that we have.

Snyder on the value of analytics
I’m a big believer, you know, and that’s not to say, I mean, for me to say that, you know, I, I’m not diminishing the role that I play as a coach, either. You know, I think there’s an opportunity as much as anything, when I say believer, of something that I think helps make me better.

You know, whether it, you know, in the end, it’s the “right” answer or not, it can help me focus on certain things that I need to look at, and look at more closely, and then analyze myself, and accumulate more data, and see where we are.

And you know, some of the metrics on our team, I think it’s been really important for us to understand that, you know, where we’re ranked right now, in some respects, and it’s really a function of the first 20 games. And you know, we’re a team that is significantly better defensively right now than we were at the beginning of the year.

So, if you look at some of those metrics, you’re gonna say, you know, you can come to some conclusion about our team, which, frankly, is true. You know, but it was true in that context, and you know, the last 20 games, we’ve gotten a little better.

And it’d be a mistake for me to tell my team that we’re, you know, not this or not that, based on a number. It would also be a mistake for me to tell them we’ve arrived, based on improvement. But I think all those things can help focus you. …

I’ll give you one really good example. When we’re preparing a game plan, particularly in something like pick and roll defense, and there’s a player, you know, I wanna know what he’s shooting from a specific place on the floor.

So if he’s shooting 22 percent, you know, it, from the corner, as an example, or what we call the high quadrant, which is, you know, out further on the court, you know, that may affect how we decide to play, and whether we want to rotate off that guy and how much we want to help; what our various schemes are…

Golden State, they lead the league in high-quadrant threes, and that means when they come down the court, Klay Thompson and Steph Curry cross half court, when they get to the line above the free throw line extended and they shoot, and that’s where they lead the league in pace, and if you’re not really alert when they cross half court, you know, they’re gonna be shooting open jumpers, where other teams don’t.

And when you get that data, and I’m able to give that to our team, you know, maybe, how much it sinks in, I don’t know, but I think that’s really useful, you know? For a player to know, you know, if I’m picking up Steph Curry, you know, Dante Exum wants to know, you know, and he knows he can shoot, but at what point, when, how quick?

And I’ve been, I just absolutely think there’s a place for it, and I don’t think it’s gonna replace people that do what I do because the numbers in themselves need to be interpreted. You know, like anything, I think we can make a case for something statistically and numbers can be manipulated just like people, but I mean, we’re kidding ourselves if we don’t think those things at least play a role. You know? (1280)

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  1. February 13, 2015 12:42 pm

    Great interview by Quin.

    He handled the Enes question remarkably well.

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