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Yesterday, in Part 1 of our exclusive chat with Grizzlies VP of Basketball Operations John Hollinger, Josh “Red” Coleman asked John about what the team is good at and what the team needs to get better at, as well as a quick overview of what Hollinger’s Player Efficiency Rating is and how it works.

Then it was my turn.

I say that like it was a big deal, and it kinda was for me. I asked John about how statistical data might actually influence on-court performance. But what I’d really been dying to ask him had to do with SportVU, a technology that tracks in-game analytics at an INSANE level (Ex: Is Kevin Durant more likely to score after one dribble or two before he shoots? Yeah. LIKE THAT.) I asked him and whether the Grizzlies are going to use it, seeing as how it seems something like that is tailor made for a man of Hollinger’s talents. I’ve written about SportVU before, so if you want backstory, check out that link.

Or, you could just watch Part 2 of’s exclusive interview with John Hollinger . . .

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6 Responses to Exclusive: John Hollinger (Part 2)

  1. Chris FaulknerNo Gravatar says:

    When is the actual video going up?

    • Lee Eric SmithNo Gravatar says:

      Hmmm…shows up on my phone…don’t know what the issue is…

      Anybody else having issues?

      • Chris FaulknerNo Gravatar says:

        Lee, it must have been my iPad…. shows up fine now on the desktop. BTW thanks for this piece! Excellent stuff! Also, Lee …. any word on when we might see Robert Pera again? he’s been MIA since his introduction

  2. Red ColemanNo Gravatar says:

    As soon as Lee gets done with lunch, I suspect. LOL

  3. chriskf1No Gravatar says:

    Good interviews, both. Kudos Red and Lee!

    I want to trust the Levian / Hollinger process, I really do. And there were plenty of things about the Heisley Way that I won’t miss. But — forget about Rudy — the way the new team has handled (or, more specifically, NOT handled) the Hollins negotiation is troubling to me.

    No matter which side of the “trade Rudy” argument you fall on, any objective person can understand how we got here and that it is a legitimate course of action to be explored. But the lack of progress with Hollins leads me to question their decision making process on everything else. What are they waiting for?

    • neo-realistNo Gravatar says:

      Scott Brooks contract was not renewed until the summer AFTER he got his team to the NBA FINALS. He was griping about not getting a contract all last season too. Hollins is using the media to get leverage, this is par for the course for NBA negotiations.
      Put that together with how averse Hollins seems to an analytic approach to basketball, and it is easy to understand why the organization wants to see how the season pans out before re-upping him.

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