(Marc B. Shapiro) "This guy knows all the gossip, the ins and outs, the lashon hara of the Orthodox world. For as much coverage from the media and envy from the league this version of the Warriors received, this book does an excellent job of uncovering the reasons for the rapid rise and success of building these teams, as well as the conditions for which the dynasty fell dramatically. Renowned African-American scholar Rev. I believe the 49ers locker room can and will accept him if he accepts the culture of the 49ers’ locker room. Based on the way he presents himself in it, Strauss is everything that is wrong with sports media. The locker room certainly earned more money, with Steph Curry alone claiming a $201 million contract. Unable to add item to List. To not have to deal with condescensions such as “Hey, ya know young fella, ol’ Michael Jordan never had Twitter. Barf.) How money, guts, and greed built the Warriors dynasty -- and then took it apartThe Golden State Warriors dominated the NBA for the better part of a decade. Strauss is a reporter for The Athletic that has been covering the Warriors for several years now. Since the arrival of owner Joe Lacob, they won more championships and sold more merchandise than any other franchise in the sport. Detailed enough that you get more of the stories than when they first came out, but packaged in well written book that you can crush in a weekend. The first 1/2 was fantastic but the tagging on KD started to get old. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. And as a Dubs fan I'm hoping for a long epilogue at some point. They say, ‘How is it possible they could even be complaining?’ I hear this on television all the time. ", This had really good insight and was well-written. I really liked this book. Oh finally, a quality sports book written by someone my age. A System of Legal Logic: Using Aristotle, Ayn Rand, and Analytical Philosophy to Un... Golden Rule Libertarianism: A Defense of Freedom in Social, Economic, and Legal Policy. I found myself having to reread entire paragraphs either to 1) decode an awkwardly written sentence, or 2) get enough information to Google whatever he was talking about in order to gain the context necessary to understand his point. Ethan Sherwood Strauss is a Golden State Warriors beat reporter for The Athletic. I recognize he couldn't have gone down all of those paths, but considering the book was only ~210 pages, I don't think it's hard to imagine a world where Strauss goes the extra mile on a few of these topics, extends the length out to 300 or 400 pages and we end up with a classic on the level of something like "The Breaks of The Game. Ligon has surprising answers in his 1657 book. Strauss delivers on the first point but falls down on the second which results in you feeling like this was a waste of potential. Ethan Strauss is one of my favorite writer, his writing flows like water, so beautiful and effortless. All aspects of the team's formation is covered, from the owner and the GM, to the coaches, to the players and how all of these components melded together in a way that created this unique mini-dynasty. It’s just this cycle of anger and validation and tribalism. I’m not sure what I expected out of this book. It's fine for a kid (there's nothing really salacious - some bad language though) but it's more of an adult's book. Oh finally, a quality sports book written by someone my age. The Warriors squandered draft picks, botched trades, and replaced coaches like they were disposable coffee filters. The rest hovers between 3 and 4 stars. Those who read this will get a sense how ego and shoe companies can lead to the splitting of a perennial championship team. If you’re around a team this day and age, [they have their] headphones on, and they’re isolated and they’re head down. 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; The Insecurity and Vulnerability of the NBA Laid abate, Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2020. So I was fascinated when I read about The Victory Machine by Ethan Sherwood Strauss, and was happy to receive a copy from Perseus Books/PublicAffairs and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I've enjoyed his articles, but he wasn't able to strike the right level of detail/tone for a straight journalistic account of the Warriors' rise a. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Yes the author uses big words, but he always uses big words. * After the game, I ran into Andrew Bogut in the hall. The author does write himself into it a lot, at times it, When the Golden State Warriors failed to win a third consecutive championship and fourth in five years by losing to the Toronto Raptors in 2019, it signaled the end of the latest NBA dynasty. If you are a Warriors fan, this may help with the stress of a down year and shortened season. .orange-text-color {font-weight:bold; color: #FE971E;}Ask Alexa to read your book with Audible integration or text-to-speech. var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; Unable to add item to List. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Bosa had right-wing tweets in his past, more than a few of which he deleted in anticipation of joining a Bay Area team. .orange-text-color {color: #FE971E;} Explore your book, then jump right back to where you left off with Page Flip. gcse.async = true; Two, you notice that, when it is a powerful job in sports—whether it is an owner, whether it is a president, whether it is a general manager, whether it is a coach—usually in football and basketball, sports that are primarily dominated by black Americans, it’s also an opportunity to funnel jobs to people by saying that, “I am smarter than you because the numbers back up what I say, and I am more read. Give as a gift or purchase for a team or group. Can't recommend it: 80% of the book is either previously reported stories, summarized for some imagined audience who hasn't been following the Warriors for the past five years, or overwrought analogies between sport and war (e.g., "When an opponent wins a championship on the road, it's as close to a city sacking as we see in civilized society." Then it’s some other motherfucker in there. In the end, athletic might makes right. He was also talking about Tim Kawakami, this time from a positive perspective. My theory was that anyone who said they didn’t like watching pro basketball had never been to a live NBA game. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Reviewed in the United States on May 16, 2020. NBA fans will come away with a more informed understanding of the league, particularly the league’s powerful economic undercurrents. See 1 question about The Victory Machine…. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It’s rare to hear a commissioner speak like this, as commissioners are, in effect, PR officials for their respective leagues. I am able to take these numbers and manipulate my point.”. This seems strange given that Steph's been with the franchise from the very beginning of this title run and before. gcse.src = 'https://cse.google.com/cse.js?cx=' + cx; .orange-text-color {color: #FE971E;} Discover additional details about the events, people, and places in your book, with Wikipedia integration. Just listen to his pod. For many years, I was a hardcore NBA fan. Kevin Durant left the Warriors because of Twitter. .orange-text-color {font-weight:bold; color: #FE971E;}Enjoy features only possible in digital – start reading right away, carry your library with you, adjust the font, create shareable notes and highlights, and more. When Simmons asked about player happiness and its impact on free agency, Silver responded, “One is a larger societal issue and I know you have a lot of young people who work for you at The Ringer. Throwing one phone in a bucket doesn’t change the reality of an entire society operating via phones. “They’re all fucking crazy now,” one NBA coach said to me, when lamenting how his profession had changed. As in, if Ops had clear authority over roster, the racial split might be more bemoaned by pundits. Really? Those who read this will get a sense h. The Victory Machine by Ethan Strauss takes a dive into the behind-the-scenes machinations of the Golden State Warriors. All the while, though, as Strauss declares in the subtitle "The making & unmaking of the Warriors dyna. Downloads PDF The Victory Machine: The Making and Unmaking of the Warriors Dynasty If you want to get The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, please visit this link… For as much coverage from the media and envy from the league this version of the Warriors received, this book does an excellent job of uncovering the reasons for the rapid rise and success of building these teams, as well as the conditions for which the dynasty fell dramatically. Still a fascinating read. Larry Bird wasn’t on Facebook. Please try again. There was classic team building going on all the time. And I also appreciated his insights into the divisions within the organization—Ops vs. players/coaches, and the class and race divisions within that, too. Those who read this will get a sense how ego and shoe companies can lead to the splitting of a perennial championship team. One does not have to be a Warriors fan to enjoy this book, as Ethan Strauss tells the story of macro NBA narratives (sneaker contracts, the roll of the GM, the tension of coaching in the NBA, the machinations of team dynamics) through the micro lens of the Warriors and in particular the arrival and departure of Kevin Durant. It's a realpolitik dive into Kevin Durant's time in the Bay Area, the Warriors' rise to dominance, and comments and observations on life as an NBA star.

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