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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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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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Fun read!

Would you consider the audio edition of Betaball to be better than the print version?

N/A

Who was your favorite character and why?

The author.

Have you listened to any of George Newbern’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Loved it.

Any additional comments?

A really fun book to read if you like basketball and/or the Warriors.

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  • Patrick
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  • 02-05-18

Big potential for a topic, but disappointing book.

I thought coming in this would be an in depth look at how Golden State used tech and advanced analytics to get an edge but the result seemed to be more a summary of what I could have read in any Bay Area newspaper over the last few years. Too bad.

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Reader is clearly not a basketball fan, players’ names were often mispronounced. Otherwise not bad.

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Not bad , but nothing particularly special

I’m a huge Warriors fan , so there wasn’t anything that was really new to me but I did enjoy this story but the reader which are a couple names which kind of bothered me.

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Meh..

I watch basketball and I'm particularly fond of the Golden State Warriors. I purchased this book because I heard it on the radio. the way it was described was not as I thought. it was more talking about how they acquired a team. I thought it would talk more about the tech involved.

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  • JP
  • 11-03-17

Great story. Got to relive a lot of awesome moments.

Great insight into how new ownership under Joe Lacob turned this franchise from a routine playoff spectator, to a basketball powerhouse.

The narrator botches many names of popular players that can become distracting. That is the only flaw I see w/ this audiobook.

I still recommend this for any Warriors fan, old and a new alike.

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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.