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NOFOX
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POBO Candidates
Since we have a million coach/GM threads hopefully putting the cart before the horse. Anyone have any input on POBO candidates? Ideally Mickey becomes chairman of the board or whatever and we get a new POBO. I want someone forward thinking that is not scared of analytics, but with experience. I really do not want an old retread like Fletch’s love Joe Dumars.

Sticking with the Tolzman theme from the GM threads, I think Bobby Webster (current Toronto GM) is a star in the making and might welcome a chance to get out of the shadow of Masai Ujiri and build his own teM. He’s young and bright with an analytics background, but has experience to be POBO.

Mike Zarren has been mentioned frequently as a GM candidate, but with his diverse skill set and experience, I think he could be a POBO candidate.

In the mold of Zarren, Monte McNair is the Rockets head of analytics and VP of basketball operations with a degree in computer science from Princeton. He has worked hand in hand with Morey for the past decade.

Another one is Alex Rucker from the 76ers. He came over from the Raptors to head the 76ers analytics after Hinkie left. He doesn’t have the experience, but is thought of very highly by Zach Lowe and people throughout the league.

In-house Danny Ferry is an option, but not sure what the optics on that would be and he would have to move to NOLA.

David Griffin is out there, kind of a retread, but still relatively young with a championship to his name and from his show with Joel seems to really like the Pels.


Fun Bunch
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re: POBO Candidates
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Mike Zarren has been mentioned frequently as a GM candidate, but with his diverse skill set and experience, I think he could be a POBO candidate.


I think most of us have mentioned Zarren in regards to POBO not GM. He's not leaving Boston to come here to be "just" a GM. Boston is his dream job so it would take some serious power to lure him away. Even then he may say "no thanks". It would take A LOT to get him away from Boston.

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Sticking with the Tolzman theme from the GM threads, I think Bobby Webster (current Toronto GM) is a star in the making and might welcome a chance to get out of the shadow of Masai Ujiri and build his own teM. He’s young and bright with an analytics background, but has experience to be POBO.


Good call. I could see him wanting to "run the show" and get the credit instead of Masai.

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In the mold of Zarren, Monte McNair is the Rockets head of analytics and VP of basketball operations with a degree in computer science from Princeton. He has worked hand in hand with Morey for the past decade.


Is he ready to move in to that big of a role? I don't know him. But the analytics background is a big yes from me.


NOSHAU
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re: POBO Candidates
David Griffin is one that has come to mind for a GM. What are the thoughts on him? While I prefer an up and comer, I can see him as a more "comfortable" hire with some bigger name recognition.


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touchdownjeebus
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Member since Sep 2010
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re: POBO Candidates
Money Mac the crewz douche sack.

Douche crewz on twitter is a thing of beauty, if you aren’t following btw.
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saints5021
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re: POBO Candidates
Joe Dumars if you want the franchise to suck for the next 10 years. Avery Johnson if you want the franchise to suck forever.


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NOFOX
New Orleans Pelicans Fan
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re: POBO Candidates
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Is he ready to move in to that big of a role? I don't know him. But the analytics background is a big yes from me.


Yeah, I don't know a ton about him other than Morey appears to be grooming him and promoted him recently to assistant GM likely to fend off other teams.

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“Monte has been absolutely critical to the success of the Rockets over his long tenure,” said Morey. “His unique combination of analytical skills and ability to work with our coaching staff was a key driver in our record breaking season last year."

In addition to managing the analytic efforts of the Rockets basketball operations department, McNair is involved with all avenues of player evaluation, including trade, free agency, and the draft. Over the past four seasons, McNair has worked closely with the coaching staff to provide on-court strategy and analysis along with opponent preparation.


TBH, I would rather gamble trying to hit a homerun on the next wunderkind than take a single with someone more experienced and dated.
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Parrish
LSU Fan
New Orleans
Member since Sep 2014
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re: POBO Candidates
I understand giving someone a POBO title but do not understand the need for to exist separate persons for POBO and GM. Why? Because it's an extra person a team needs to pay. I'd rather take the money that can hire a POBO, GM, and HC to pay for a better POBO/GM and better HC.

Roll all basketball decision making into a GM or POBO/GM that reports directly to Gayle. Some business people (marketing, game ops, ticket sales, etc.) can work between both teams, but they need to cut football people out of basketball on-court decisions.

But for those that want separate people for POBO and GM, why? And if they are to be separate people, what roles should Pels give to each person?


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