Moneyball hits the NBA

Great article in today’s NY Times Magazine about the Houston Rockets’ efforts to look for greatness in players regardless of limited, official statistics.  It’s a nice reminder of how we often focus on the wrong things and how we can find success by changing our perspective.

It’s also a great article for you probability (read poker) fans out there, as it touches upon a competitor’s need to focus on the process rather than the outcome.  If you force Kobe Bryant to take his least effective shot every time down the floor, then you’ve succeeded even if he makes them all.  Or, if you push all your money in on the turn when your opponent has only one out, you’ve still made the right move even if he sucks out and bankrupts you.

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