Time for a NBA play-in tournament

PER Diem: March 5, 2010

Updated: March 5, 2010, 3:18 PM ET
By John Hollinger |
Al Harrington Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE/Getty ImagesAl Harrington and the 21-39 Knicks would have something to play for if John Hollinger had his way.

ON A PLANE TO BOSTON -- Before we start, a little background: I'm headed to Beantown right now for the annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. The brainchild of Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey, this event is where some of the best minds in the sports analytics community gather for a weekend every year to renew acquaintances, share ideas and stay out far later than they should.