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FreeDarko Presents: The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History: A History
     

FreeDarko Presents: The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History: A History

by Bethlehem Shoals, Lawyer IndianChief, Anna Rotkirch, Jacob Weinstein
 

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The history of basketball has always belonged to champions like the Celtics, the Lakers, and the Bulls. Yet the game's history cuts much deeper than that. The bottom line, the record books and retired jerseys, can never fully do justice to this wild, chaotic, and energetic game. In between the championships, there's the sight of Earl Monroe, spinning and cajoling

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The history of basketball has always belonged to champions like the Celtics, the Lakers, and the Bulls. Yet the game's history cuts much deeper than that. The bottom line, the record books and retired jerseys, can never fully do justice to this wild, chaotic, and energetic game. In between the championships, there's the sight of Earl Monroe, spinning and cajoling his way to every corner of the court; or Allen Iverson, driving headlong into players twice his size.

The real history of the game is not its championships, which are indisputable, but the personalities of its heroes, which are, at least, undisputed. It's in the larger-than-life pathos of Wilt, the secret ties that bind Larry Bird to the flashy ABA, and Michael Jordan when he flew a little too high. From the prehistoric teachings of Dr. James Naismith to pioneering superstars such as LeBron James and Kevin Durant, you'll never see roundball the same way again.

Editorial Reviews

The basketball blogging collective FreeDarko has only been slam-dunking NBA stories since 2005, but they have definitely captured fan attention. In this "undisputed guide," these backcourt online wizards deliver an irreverent, opinionated, full-court press history of pro basketball. The book's graphic presentation could be described as novel if it weren't so darned entertaining and informative. Even lifelong hoops, for instance, will be delighted to learn something about the Buffalo Germans, an early professional team that trounced opponents by scores like 111-17, 104-8, 104-13, and 134-0.

From the Publisher

“Baseball has its numbers and football has its hard hits, but basketball, more than those sports, has style. And no one has done more to try to capture that than the collection of bloggers known as Freedarko.” —New York Times

“To say that they've written one of the most enlightening books on the game's evolution (which they have) is to miss the point. The book isn't intended solely to educate; it's also meant to entertain, and to that end it succeeds wildly.” —Sports Illustrated

“FreeDarko isn't standing outside the mainstream of basketball discussion: It's driving it ... This is a history of basketball told straight, but smartly, with wit and detail and undeniable affection....Any NBA fan can read this: It's not for grad students and stoners and revisionists; it's for everyone ... We are now living in a FreeDarko world. Hail, hail.” —New York Magazine

“This is a history of basketball written with a degree of conceptual complexity that's just about unique in the canon of the sport. But it's also an inviting, accessible narrative that doesn't have to be praised in terms of baroque sociology... It's also, and by some distance, the prettiest sports book I've ever seen... It's like a McSweeney's you don't have to pet.” —The Run of Play

“The book is an essential guide to the NBA as seen through the eyes of brilliant outsiders--writers, statisticians, and illustrators--unwilling to describe the contents of the game in the typical language of the sports section. If you are watching basketball without the guidance of FreeDarko, you are simply doing it wrong.” —The Portland Mercury

“A highly graphic look at both well-and lesser-known moments in the pro game's past, written by the sport's most entertaining bloggers. Get infotained with illustrated awesomeness.” —Maxim

Library Journal
The creative minds behind basketball blog freedarko.com follow their FreeDarko Presents: The Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac with this equally fun, irreverent, and well-researched look at the history of the NBA and lesser-known pro basketball leagues. The 12 contributing writers focus on players, coaches, and events they find interesting while also giving a well-rounded overview of pro ball through the 2008–09 NBA season. Obscure stats, unforgettable personalities, and humorous anecdotes featuring both stars and benchwarmers keep the narrative fresh. Colorful charts and quirky graphics (there are no glossy color sports photos here) add fun without distracting from the text. VERDICT Sports purists may find the edgy humor annoying or even offensive, but they are not this book's intended audience. This is for those whose interest extends to the evolution of NBA facial hair and statistical analyses of in-game fights. Open-minded younger readers—but not too young, for there's some gratuitous profanity—who know the game but want to be entertained while learning more will find this both a useful reference tool and an engaging read. Highly recommended.—Douglas King, Univ. of South Carolina, Columbia, Lib.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608190836
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/26/2010
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,150,888
Product dimensions:
8.02(w) x 11.52(h) x 0.83(d)

Meet the Author

FreeDarko is a collective of like-minded writers and artists (Bethlehem Shoals, Jacob Weinstein, Dr. Lawyer IndianChief, Silverbird 5000, and Brown Recluse, Esq.,) who gather to celebrate (and take down) the National Basketball Association. For their new book, they will be joined by Tom Ziller, Eric Freeman, Joey Litman, J. Gabriel Boylan, author Pasha Malla and SLAM editor Lang Whitaker. Shoals, the chief operative of FreeDarko, has written for Slate, McSweeney's, the Nation, and SLAM. He is a regular contributor at AOL's NBA Fanhouse.

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