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Who wouldn't want to know Butler Men's Basketball Coach, Brad Stevens secrets to success?
I sure did. After two run ups to the NCAA Championship, Stevens was, and is, a rock star.
So when my son's fraternity brother was over for dinner one night in August 2012, I was amazed when he told me that Stevens had hired a secret weapon out of Duke University, to run a sabermetric analysis of basketball players: a young kid who was a statistical genius.
First, I had to learn what sabermetrics was. Turns out it's the math nerd/geek approach to evaluating baseball players, invented by pioneer Bill James and put into practice by Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane.
Michael Lewis wrote the book about the A's use of it, and of course Brad Pitt starred in the movie. I immediately went out and rented the movie to refresh my memory about the way it was used.
I also searched sabermetric approaches to basketball on the internet and found a few scouting sites
that talked about it. But generally, it seemed to be less successful to basketball programs than baseball. But that wasn't going to stop the numbers genius Brad Stevens.
I called the sports information office at Butler, made the request to interview Stevens, and shockingly,
Stevens said yes! I was in.
We decided to take two cameras into the shoot and a lot of equipment.
This, afterall, was a big get.
So, when I got to Hinkle and was escorted to Coach Stevens' office, I was stunned at how tiny it all was. (No wonder they are renovating the offices.) Photographer Brett Bensley and I inched our way into Stevens private office and there in the middle of the entryway, was a piece of luggage. We stepped over it a few times, and then I determined, we had to move it. So I picked it up, and immediately everything Stevens had packed
came flying out, underwear and all. (Thankfully Stevens was in another office at the time, and didn't see
me hyperventilate as I was carefully picking up his BVD's and slamming them back into the luggage.)
I got the case closed, moved it to a corner and tried to compose myself. Bensley was laughing and furiously trying to get the lights up.
Coach Stevens came in, completely oblivious to what had happened. I confessed the whole luggage incident, but he didn't seem interested. We moved on to his new hire out of Duke, Drew Cannon. Stevens was thrilled to have him, knew how he was going to use him, and the rest is history. Cannon, by the way, accompanied Stevens to Boston, where I assume he'll have the same responsibilities.
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