How Silicon Valley and Science Built One of the Greatest Basketball Teams in History

Book - 2017 | First bAtria Books hardcover edition.
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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 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Atria Books, 2017.
Edition: First bAtria Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501158193
Branch Call Number: 796.323640979 Mal
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 24 cm


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PimaLib_NormS Jun 13, 2018

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, it is undeniable that the Golden State Warriors are the class of the National Basketball Association. I happen to like them a lot (love is a pretty strong word), so, it should be no surprise that I greatly enjoyed Erik Malinowski’s new book, “Betaball: How Silicon Valley and Science Built One of the Greatest Basketball Teams in History”. The Warriors were one of those poorly run sports franchises that were always terrible. A seemingly endless cycle of missing the playoffs, high draft choices that did not pan out, and poor trades and free agent signings resulting in missing the playoffs, more high draft choices that did not pan out, poor trades and free agent signings, etc. etc. Then, in 2010, the team was sold to a group led by venture capitalist Joe Lacob, and Hollywood producer Peter Guber. The new ownership promised major, innovative changes that would eventually lead to prolonged on-court success. And, danged if they didn’t do exactly that. The Warriors embraced the new analytics beginning to engulf the sports world. They updated their business practices to emulate successful Silicon Valley companies, which led to improved personnel decisions on and off the basketball court. They implemented cutting-edge scientific methods to improve the health and conditioning of their players. And, rather than have their hands out to the taxpayers of the Bay Area, they are building a privately financed, palatial new arena. “Betaball” chronicles the rise of a moribund, laughingstock NBA team to a multiple championship-winning, moneymaking powerhouse that is a model for the other NBA franchises.

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