Oracle of the Hardwood [Konchalski Article]


#1

http://nymag.com/news/sports/66474/

A very interesting article about the man I referenced a few times when the Graham rumors started up and when Graham signed. Enjoy.


#2

[quote=“noobd, post:1, topic:1220”]http://nymag.com/news/sports/66474/

A very interesting article about the man I referenced a few times when the Graham rumors started up and when Graham signed. Enjoy.[/quote]

I met Konchalski once (actually had lunch with him). This paragraph brought up memories of that lunch.

The most remarkable thing about Konchalski is his ability to be an unforgiving judge of talent—“If Tom has a flaw in his evaluation,” says Garfinkel, “it’s that he underrates rather than overrates”—without being a harsh one. As much as some gurus are eager to build players up, they’re also quick to tear them down, deeming them “bums” or comparing them to “a supermodel with herpes” if they don’t live up to expectations. But in Konchalski’s view, the players he’s evaluating, no matter how freakishly tall and chiseled, are still, essentially, children. “These aren’t professional athletes,” he says. “When these guys make the NBA, they become public figures, and I think fans are entitled to criticize them. But these are kids.”

The guy that I was with asked Konchalski his opinion of Jason Haas, who at the time was playing for Blair Academy. Konchalski’s remark was short and sweet “He comes from a nice family”.


#3

I saw that earlier this week and gave it a read. Really enjoyable article. I met Tom two or three times. I wonder if he remembers me (article says he has a photographic memory, but I am not very memorable).