Bill Simmons: "I think Simmons is in over his head. He started out as a basketball writer and now thinks he has the magic answers. The basketball writer turn GM experiment is over. This guy should be fired."
Simmons does NOT strike me as a guy who would get the respect of his peers at all, which is important for being a GM. Didn't Magic quit his broadcasting job just to get away from him? You could also see that Durant pretty much hated the guy in an interview with him (and other players show the same expressions as well)
Not to mention his history of going IN on the league's officials would not bode well for whatever team he would be the GM of...
otoh 98% IQ isn't that high when you think bball coaches and bball players are probably at the 99.9999.
I think Holli is a ploy, an attention move. Dude looks autistic to me.
I think it's hard to be a really good GM, and you probably need some luck... like think of Steve Kerr. He got slayed for that Shaq trade. When it was kind of a power move... and not a bad idea. I think the front office is a huge thing... comes down to luck, player performance, and each part of the whole.
Not even close to 99.9999. Especially players. Many players can't even hit the top 50% mark.
Although I agree that top 2% is definitely smart, but not incredibly so.
Btw, although I'm not really in accordance with some of his opinions, for those who claim Simmons is close to Barkley: Rick Rosner, an IQ test expert, who has a history of very high scores, knows Simmons personally and has called him brilliant. This may be just praise among friends, but this isn't a guy who just gives such a label to everyone he knows.