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How Silicon Valley and Science Built One of the Greatest Basketball Teams in History
Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: Sports, Basketball
3.5 out of 5 stars (53 ratings)

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Moneyball meets The City Game in this compelling look at how the NBA champion Golden State Warriors embraced savvy business practices, next-gen science, and the corporate culture of Silicon Valley to not only produce one of the greatest basketball teams in history but also revolutionize the NBA.

Discover the definitive inside account of how the Warriors, under the leadership of venture capitalist Joe Lacob and Hollywood producer Peter Guber, quickly became one of the most remarkable success stories ever, both in sports and in business. In just five years, they turned a declining franchise with no immediate hope into one of the greatest teams in basketball, a period that included the rise of All-Star point guard Stephen Curry and two NBA championships in the past three years. By operating in "beta" - always innovating, unafraid to embrace change, encouraging risk - the Warriors have become a model organization for American professional sports, instituting the best workplace principles found inside the world's most successful corporations and instilling a top-down organizational ethos that allows their employees to thrive, from the front office to the free-throw line.

With in-depth access and meticulous reporting on and off the court, acclaimed journalist Erik Malinowski recounts a gripping tale of worlds colliding, a team's reinvention, ordinary people being pushed to extraordinary heights, and the Golden State Warriors' unending quest to remain the best.

©2017 Erik Malinowski (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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If you watch basketball and keep up with the NBA, this can be a tough listen. There was an underwhelming amount of insight into the specifics of how analytics or the Silicon Valley mindset enacting change in the organization. What I was truly excited for though was more on how Steve Kerr created his offense or motivated his team; of which there was also very little.

By far the most maddening is the absolute butchering of well-known NBA player names. Stephen Curry, a huge part of this book, doesn't have his name said correctly once...

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Comprehensive account sullied by poor narration

I wish I had just bought a physical copy of the book. The narrator mispronounced the names of some of the most noteworthy players in the league. Very distracting.

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Learn to pronounce names correctly

It is hard to believe a basketball book could have someone read it who gets most of the names wrong and pronounced them incorrectly. It is embarrassing 😩😩

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Great book . . . horrific pronunciation of names

Mr. Malinowski wrote a great book that was then scarred almost to the point of no recovery by a narrator that did not spend even one second trying to pronounce the names of the basketball players about which this book is written. I can certainly excuse one or two missteps in pronunciation, but he misses well over half the names of some of the great players of all time. While I don't fault Mr. Newbern for not being a basketball fan to begin the narration, I do fault him and most importantly the editing staff for laying an egg here by not correcting the names in the narration. This book will be read by basketball fans who also have a love for business strategy and/or technology. To miss this badly in understanding your audience is very poor form. By the way, it takes a lot for me to write a review. Mr. Newbern's narration far eclipsed the line for me. But, seriously great book -- should have read it instead of listening.

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Don’t bother!

The reader didn’t bother to learn about a dozen pronunciations for famous basketball players, including “Ko-BAY” Bryant. It was mostly a collection of game recaps. Really regret listening to this.

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Great story, insights

Marred only by half the names being mispronounced. George Newbern mispronounces the same words differently at times. It’s distracting, but the story is too good to quit.

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fun story, bad reading

Seems like it should be really important to know how to pronounce everyone's name. The narrator made an embarrassing number of mispronunciations.

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Laughable Name Pronunciation, Wanted More Analytics

Name pronunciation was laughable.. you’d think if you were reciting a book on basketball you would research a little. I wish the story was more about the technology and analytics aspects but it was 90% a Warrior’s history book. Well written though.

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basically a Wikipedia entry

blow by blow history of the Warriors, no storyline, seemingly no access to the inside story. it's incredibly boring, if you have any familiarity with the NBA or the Warriors. I'm struggling to understand the intended audience for the book

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like the team: book is fun fast & not too serious

the narrator mispronounced dozens of player names. the book itself is entertaining but it's a bit of a stretch to draw the comparisons to Moneyball. the Warriors drafted well and then based on their recent success were in position to sign Kevin Durant. it's not sabermetrics it's just good team-building like the Celtics the Bulls the Lakers the Spurs and many other NBA power teams.

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  • 02-10-18

An fascinating look into building a great team

Although this was not what I expected. I expected more of a look into the practices that made the team great. It was a fascinating story.

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  • ryan pomroy
  • 02-05-18

Misleading title

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend only to Warriors fans and those new to basketball

What three words best describe George Newbern’s performance?

mispronounced player names along the entire book. Very distracting.

Any additional comments?

totally misleading title. Its a play by play of their rise from bottom to top dog. Based on the title however, I was expecting them to really get into statistics and/or advanced technology for sports training. Mentions tech or related companies but never goes more than surface level if that.