Chasing Perfection: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the High-Stakes Game of Creating an NBA Champion

Chasing Perfection: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the High-Stakes Game of Creating an NBA ChampionChasing Perfection: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the High-Stakes Game of Creating an NBA Champion by Andy Glockner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Perhaps I am biased here because my work involves a great deal of analytics and coaching, but Chasing Perfection was a tour de force for me.

Yes, Andy Glockner does take a more academic approach to discussing basketball’s evolution, and he’s not nearly as entertaining as Michael Lewis was in Moneyball. But come on. That’s like saying “yeah, he’s a great basketball player, but he’s no Michael Jordan.”

I watch sports often to poach ideas for my business, but basketball is easily the sport I watch the least. However, after I got through Mr. Glockner’s treatise I’ve grown much more interested in the game and players.

The explanations of analytics are interesting, but many are a touch too intensive for the layman. I can understand why others didn’t love this book. If you’re not willing to wade through some intensive paragraphs then you’re not going to love Chasing Perfection.

Where Andy Glockner really shines is when he lets the players talk for themselves. He has a keen eye for documenting only the most revealing passages coaches and stars give him. Even more refreshingly, he quotes them verbatim, allowing the seasoned off-the-cuff remarks color the pages.

I was transfixed. Highly recommended for hardcore basketball fans, or anyone who works as a coach or analyst.

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