Posted at 2:56 PM on May 7, 2009
by Chris Dall
Michael Rand, author of the Strib's Randball blog, has an entertaining interview with ESPN writer Bill Simmons about his current campaign to be named next General Manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
For those not familiar with the name, Simmons writes ESPN's "Sports Guy" column, a juvenile yet often insightful and hilarious take on sports and pop culture. His "First Annual Atrocious GM Summit" column from a few years was a dead-on critique of NBA decision making. His current campaign comes after a failed attempt to get the Milwaukee Bucks GM job.
Whether you like Simmons or not, his knowledge of the NBA is extensive. While he thinks like a fan, he has an understanding of all the off-court issues that play a role in how teams perform on the court. Here's what he told Rand:
The job hinges on having common sense and a high basketball IQ, understanding chemistry and character, following the San Antonio/Boston blueprint and building a team a specific way, not following the mistakes everyone has made in the past, surrounding yourself with smart people, delegating, brainstorming, doing everything to can to get better, grasping the economic realities of the league and where it's going, understanding human psyche and the effects of a big contract on certain people, and betting on the right players. We overthink this crap and we shouldn't.
He's right. And while it's probably a lot harder job than Simmons thinks it is, I think he could perform it as well as any of the people Glen Taylor is considering. And he'd be far more entertaining.