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Chasing perfection : a behind-the-scenes look at the high-stakes game of creating an NBA champion

by Glockner, Andy,

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction GV885.7.G56 2016
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  GV885.7.G56 2016
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Non-Fiction 796.32364 Glo
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  796.32364 Glo
Chasing Perfection goes behind the scenes of the multi-million dollar, high-stakes world of basketball player development, research and analysis, and the often secretive, cutting-edge methods that NBA franchises use to turn less-expensive, supporting players into vital parts of championship teams.

NBA superstars push as close to perfection as we're likely to see, but they are few and far between. The farther you get from the league's top echelon of talent, the more it's up to the players--and their teams--to develop and utilize their strengths while diminishing and masking their weaknesses as much as possible. There are no perfect basketball players, but there are plenty of perfected ones , who start with a basis of skill and physical ability and then are refined further and further in order to move closer and closer to their absolute potential.

In Chasing Perfection , national sportswriter Andy Glockner reveals that, though the concept of player improvement is as old as basketball itself, the current era of Big Data analytics in the NBA is transforming that process more quickly and aggressively than anything we have seen before. Players are learning more and more about themselves through video and data visualization, seeing how things like diet and sleep can impact their performance, and learning how having healthy joints and role-specific workout plans are lengthening and improving their careers. Teams are internalizing the same lessons, as well as figuring out how to better implement optimal on-court strategies, how to refine their approaches to player acquisition and how to gauge the varying values and success rates of different, crucial team-building strategies.

It's an absolutely fascinating time to be a fan, as the marriage of basketball and technology is bringing two of our most popular and competitive worlds together in compelling fashion. Using the 2014-15 NBA season as a prism to explore this mesh of sport and science, Glockner offers detailed perspective from NBA players, coaches, team management, and media, offering a comprehensive insider's view of how analytics are shaping the basketball we watch, and how those who are lagging behind in the technology race already are feeling the competitive hit.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Compared to baseball's widespread use of statistical analysis to improve team performance, most famously documented in Michael Lewis' Moneyball (2003), the NBA has arrived late to the stats game. Glockner, who's written extensively on hoops for and, delivers a strong, if occasionally arid, survey of how NBA teams are or aren't using the mountain of data now available at the click of a mouse. Results are varied, as Glockner shows in profiles of three all-in teams: the playoff-caliber Houston Rockets, the woeful Philadelphia 76ers, and, most successfully, the San Antonio Spurs, four-time champs this century. There's also a fine profile of a Santa Barbara-based company that uses individualized, cutting-edge kinesthetics technology to heal and even prevent injuries, and to improve quickness and power. Solid, and just in time for this year's playoffs.--Moores, Alan Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects National Basketball Association -- Forecasting -- Statistics.
Basketball teams -- United States.
Basketball -- United States -- Statistical methods.
Basketball -- Economic aspects -- United States.
Basketball -- Philosophy.
Publisher Boston, MA :2016
Edition First Da Capo Press edition.
Language English
Description vii, 274 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 251) and index.
ISBN 9780306824029
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