RC Buford, GM for the San Antonio Spurs, is the latest speaker to confirm for Leaders in Performance conference at Chelsea FC on 5th and 6th October 2011.
Buford will join Billy Beane for the panel session focusing on the culture of stats and numbers in sport. Buford like Beane has enjoyed much success due to his belief in this discipline, whereas Beane found undervalued hitters with a high on-base percentage, Buford developed a knack for acquiring foreign talent with high scoring ratios at a time when the consensus said that foreign guards and forwards didn’t possess the quickness required to play in the States.They were wrong and in a 9 year period as GM, Buford’s Spurs have recorded no less than 4 titles which ranks as one of the most memorable periods of success in modern NBA history and an achievement acknowledged by ESPN as they crowned them Team of the Decade.
RC Buford started his coaching career at the University of Kansas in 1983 and was an assistant for the team that won the 1988 NCAA Championship. He made the move to the NBA in the summer of 1988 joining the Spurs for four seasons as an assistant coach. He then joined the Los Angeles Clippers in the summer of 1992, served as an assistant coach at the University of Florida during the 1993–94 season and then returned to San Antonio in the summer of 1994 when Gregg Popovich hired him as the team’s head scout. He became the Spurs director of scouting in the summer of 1997, was promoted to vice president/assistant general manager in the summer of 1999 and named the Spurs general manager in July of 2002.
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