Friday February 27th, 2015

Jeff Van Gundy was on a panel about "Innovators and Adopters" Friday morning at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, and he unveiled an an innovative coaching tactic of his own, although it was for fourth grade girls basketball.

Rex Ryan driving Buffalo Bills truck around town

The former Knicks' coach and current NBA analyst laid down the two keys to being a successful grade school coach.

"The two keys in fourth grade girls basketball are this, Jackie: can you make a layup and do all your players show up? Because if all ten show up you have to play them equally. But if you can convince two that they are really sick ... then that means your two best players play three quarters. That's how you win"

Joe Maddon really loves watching 'The Office'

Van Gundy's coaching style may seem pretty cynical, but grade school basketball is about winning trophies, not making friends.

- Brendan Maloy

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