Discussion with the formidable economist on how to find talent in sports and everywhere else
Finally! Two of my favorite internet ideas people get on a pod. Enjoyed it and hope you two can do another pod when Tyler doesn't have a book to sell, which might unleash some of his other hoops takes.
Congrats and well-wishes to you and your burgeoning clan!
I want to bring up the weather thing, as it relates to quality basketball opportunity. I'm from Alaska, and up here in many small communities there are no other sports. I mean, there is no option to play baseball, football, etc when it's below 0°. Limited resources leads to the prioritization of gym construction before baseball diamonds to be used half the time.
While it's a fact that the DR has great baseball players, and they play outside, Cuba has the same. I really suspect this is more about culture and less about weather. Possibly the expense of a covered court and hoops is more than bases and a wall.
Check out Metlakatla Alaska 3A team often beating 4A teams. If that village had even 100,000 people, I wonder if the ALL BASKETBALL culture would be the same.
New subscriber but long term fan. Admittedly it could just be me but I found this both pompous and deadly dull at the same time. Couldn't make it past the 30 minute mark.
Just wanted to chime in to say that I really enjoyed this. One of the few pubic pundits that actually possess a true and demonstrative intellectual curiosity for the world around. Also one of the few people who I always learn something when after reading an article of theirs.
When are we getting a column?
Any chance you’re coming back to an call in?