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Study Finds Isiah Thomas As Best Drafting GM Since 1989

Isiah Thomas is the best drafting general manager in the NBA, according to an empirical study conducted by ESPN. While with the Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks, Thomas had a Net Expected Wins Average of +1.7 per pick. Thomas drafted Damon Stoudamire seventh overall in 1995 and Tracy McGrady at ninth during his tenure with the Raptors. David Lee, Trevor Ariza, Wilson Chandler...
Via RealGM
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Cavaliers Interested In Mark Hughes, Jeff Weltman As GM Candidates

The Cleveland Cavaliers fired Chris Grant on Thursday and elevated David Griffin to interim general manager. Sources say the Cavaliers have done background checking on Mark Hughes, who is currently director of pro personnel of the New York Knicks. Jeff Weltman, who is currently with the Toronto Raptors, is also expected to receive interest. Gary Sacks is also an under-the-radar possibility...
Via RealGM
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

A few names arise as potential Cavs next GM

The ink on the press release has barely dried, but the names of potential replacements for the position recently created in the wake of Chris Grant’s firing in Cleveland is starting to fill up. CBS Sports’ Ken Berger’s recently filed column includes current “acting” general manager David Griffin, but several other individuals with considerable accolades throughout the league...
Via Waiting For Next Year
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

College Coaches Are Using Personality Testing To Evaluate Recruits

It is a common occurrence in corporate America for employers to require potential employees to take a personality assessment. These tests are used to determine your values, interests, personality, and how those traits will translate in the role that you’re applying for. Professional sports franchises have been using these tests for years to evaluate drafts prospects. The tests...
Via BlackSportsOnline
June 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Conference USA Preview: After stunning collapse, Southern Miss turns to Monken

Although the rope for college football coaches is seemingly shorter today than ever before, the times when they get axed after just one year are few and far between. Ellis Johnson managed to pull off that rare feat last season. The administration at Southern Mississippi needed just a dozen winless games to figure out that Johnson wasn’t the guy. (Aside: I’d have a hard time...
Via Bloguin Best
June 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Conference USA Preview: After stunning collapse, Southern Miss turns to Monken

Although the rope for college football coaches is seemingly shorter today than ever before, the times when they get axed after just one year are few and far between. Ellis Johnson managed to pull off that rare feat last season. The administration at Southern Mississippi needed just a dozen winless games to figure out that Johnson wasn’t the guy. (Aside: I’d have a hard...
Via Crystal Ball Run
May 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Mike Zarren, Boston Celtics assistant general manager, a ‘serious candidate’ for Philadelphia 76ers GM vacancy

People of Philly: If the Sixers are including Mike Zarren in the GM search, they are doing a really good job. That is all.about 11 hours ago via webReplyRetweetFavorite@ZachLowe_SIZach Lowe Michael Zarren would be an absolutely fantastic hire for Philly. Better yet, if hired, he might actually have a photo at next #SSAC.about 10 hours ago via webReplyRetweetFavorite@johnhollingerJohn...
Via Celtics Town
August 18, 2012  |  Discuss

College Football Playoff Committee, Part II

Yesterday I have named a couple of the coaches I think would do a good job.  If you missed it, that article is here. If I could name a committee it would be as follows with my reasoning. 1.) Phil Fulmer.  Fulmer coached over fifteen years in a premier conference at a power school. An undefeated national championship along with a pair of conference titles punch Fulmer’s ticket...
Via Leftover Hot Dog
June 26, 2012  |  Discuss

College Football Playoff Committee, Part I

A few days ago, the commissioners of the eleven FBS conferences along with Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick announced that a consensus has been reached in regard to how College football will crown its champion. Four teams, seeded one hrough four, will play semifinal games at predetermined traditional bowl sites, with the two winners advancing to a championship game site that will be...
Via Leftover Hot Dog
June 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Hennigan, not Lindsey, picked as new Magic GM

With all the success Sam Presti is having as the General Manager of the Oklahoma City Thunder, it’s no surprise that the Orlando Magic went with another young gun from the San Antonio Spurs family to fill their GM spot. Rob Hennigan has spent the last couple years as assistant GM for the Thunder and has been a protégé of Presti. Back in 2004, he worked as an intern for...
Via Project Spurs
June 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Lindsey, other GM finalists waiting on Magic decision

Eight days ago San Antonio Spurs Assistant General Manager Dennis Lindsey was reported to be one of three finalists for the vacant Orlando Magic General Manager position along with former New Orleans Hornets GM Jeff Bower and Oklahoma City Thunder Assistant GM Rob Hennigan.A decision still hasn't been made on who will be selected for the position, but according to the Orlando...
Via Project Spurs
June 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Ping reports Magic pick Hennigan

The Magic appear to be nearing the end of their general manager search. At least, depending on whom you believe. Dave Pingalore of WKMG Channel 6 reports the Magic are close to finalizing a deal with Thunder assistant general manager and head of player development Rob Hennigan, possibly making the announcement as early as Wednesday. Hennigan is 30 years old but has climbed the...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
June 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Magic reportedly whittle GM list to three

Magic fans will have to be a little more patient. With the Finals already begun, several teams set to name new coaches and the NBA Draft quickly approaching, Orlando is still without a general manager. But the process is beginning to come to an end. Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports that the Magic are down to three finalists -- former New Orleans general manager Jeff...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
June 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Sixers Begin Search For Thorn's Successor

Among the candidates to replace Rod Thorn are Danny Ferry, Dennis Linssey, Jeff Bower, Troy Weaver, Rick Sund and John Hammond.
Via RealGM
June 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Lindsey, Bower In Final Three For Magic GM Job

Dennis Lindsey and Jeff Bower are two of the three finalists to become the next general manager of the Magic.
Via RealGM
June 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Spurs' Lindsey a finalist for Magic GM posiition

On May 27, a report broke that the Orlando Magic were going to be interviewing San Antonio Spurs assistant General Manager Dennis Lindsey and two members of the Oklahoma City Thunder staff, Troy Weaver and Roy Hennigan for the vacant GM spot in Orlando after the Magic fired Otis Smith and head coach Stan Van Gundy.Earlier today, Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that Lindsey...
Via Project Spurs
June 12, 2012  |  Discuss

No clear leader for Magic's GM job

The Magic are quickly hurtling toward a flashpoint in their franchise's history as the Dwight Howard saga will get a final resolution this offseason. That is what team President Alex Martins has alluded to since the Magic's elimination from the postseason, vowing the team would not go through the ordeal and turmoil it went through in 2012. He fired Stan Van Gundy and Otis...
Via Crossover Chronicles
June 06, 2012  |  Discuss

No clear leader for Magic's GM job

The Magic are quickly hurtling toward a flashpoint in their franchise's history as the Dwight Howard saga will get a final resolution this offseason. That is what team President Alex Martins has alluded to since the Magic's elimination from the postseason, vowing the team would not go through the ordeal and turmoil it went through in 2012. He fired Stan Van Gundy and Otis...
Via Bloguin Best
June 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Search for Magic's GM, a search for identity

The Magic are still looking. Or, perhaps, the better phrase is the Magic are still making a decision, for a new GM. Brian Serra of Magic Basketball Online reported Tuesday that the Magic were likely to name a GM by the end of the week. That may not have happened, but I was told by a source that Stan Van Gundy would be fired by the end of the week after management had their postseason...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
June 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Magic zeroing in on Spurs, Thunder candidates for GM job

The Orlando Magic reportedly is eyeing executives with the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs for its vacant general manager position. Magic officials hope to interview Thunder vice president and assistant general manager Troy Weaver and Spurs assistant general manager Dennis Lindsey, Yahoo! Sports reported Sunday. Already, the Magic has received permission to talk...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Magic eye OKC, Spurs for GM

The Orlando Magic have targeted Thunder vice president and assistant general manager Troy Weaver and Spurs assistant general manager Dennis Lindsey in their search for a new general manager, Yahoo! Sports reported Saturday, citing sources. The pair have emerged as serious candidates to replace Otis Smith in the Magic's front office, and Orlando has already been granted permission...
Via Fox Sports
May 26, 2012  |  Discuss

The BP Wayback Machine: Expanding the Playoffs: Drawing Guidance from the NBA by Jeff Bower

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to...
Via Baseball Prospectus
May 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Jeff Bower Interviewed With Blazers

Jeff Bower has been identified as the mystery general manager candidate for the Blazers that met last week with Paul Allen.
Via RealGM
May 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Magic PLAYOFF Wands 4/12

Chicago, Ill. (40-16) vs. (44-14) Time/TV: 8 p.m./TNTLine: Bulls by 1.5Tickets: $91-$2222 on TiqIQMagic's Magic Number: 2 Team Record GB 3. Indiana 36-22 -2.0 4. Boston 34-24 0.0 4. Atlanta 34-24 0.0 4. Orlando 34-24 -- 7. Philadelphia 31-27 3.0 8. New York 30-28 4.0 1) Dwight Howard lists himself as doubtful for Friday...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
April 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Its hard not to feel bad for Hornets head coach Monty Williams

About 21 months ago, Monty Williams accepted a three-year offer to become the head coach of the New Orleans Hornets, replacing Jeff Bower. An assistant under former Blazers coach Nate McMillan from 2005-2010, Williams was key in helping players like Nicolas Batum and Travis Outlaw develop their jump shots, along with the improved free throw shooting of Joel Przybilla. In his first...
Via Sports Junkie Online
March 29, 2012  |  Discuss

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