David Lee (Thearon W. Henderson/ Getty)One of the big stories of this year's Sloan Sports Analytic Conference, apart from the general struggle of trying to communicate complicated concepts in terms everyone can understand, was Kirk Goldsberry's presentation on new methods of measuring the impact and effectiveness of a player's interior defense. The paper got attention in part because the numbers and Goldsberry were heavily critical of Golden State Warriors All-Star David Lee, dubbed within as "the Golden Gate."
Lee has never been held in particularly high esteem as a defender, but the extent of the criticism was enough to bring the story into broader basketball circles. After Monday night's blowout win over the New York Knicks, Lee responded to the talk about his deficiencies. From Ethan Sherwood Strauss for WarriorsWorld:Read More »from David Lee responds to stats-minded criticism of his defense