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Sunday, February 10, 2008
Lots of Smart People in Boston

Just got home from the second annual MIT Sloan Sports Business Conference in Boston.

It is a multi-faceted one-day conference with a heavy NBA (and especially Celtics) presence -- because one of the founders of the conference is former Celtics executive, and current Houston GM, Daryl Morey.

Getting to know Morey a little -- let me be the latest of many to say he's a great guy to meet -- was one of the highlights. I would point out that while Morey is in love with qualatative analysis, the man is more swashbuckler than "nerd" in demeanor.

Spurs GM RC Buford, Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace, ESPN's Rick Carlisle, stats legend Bill James, Celtic CEO Wyc Grousbeck -- those are some of the people who were speaking or attending this small conference. I especially enjoyed hearing from very smart people like Dean Oliver -- the dean of modern basketball statistics -- and Michael Zarren who is the statisical mind of much of what the Boston Celtics do. And remember the 2007 TrueHoop Stat Geek Smackdown? John Hollinger, Justin Kutbatko, and Jeff Ma were all in Boston too.

Lots of interesting stuff. A random sampling of what I recall: