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    DescriptionThe indispensible, amazingly illustrated companion to today's NBA--a roundball Rosetta Stone that hilariously decodes the trends and tendencies of pro basketball. The NBA of the moment is a league of hugely charismatic celebrities, crackling aesthetic intrigue, sociopolitical undercurrents, and raw humanity: every Kobe Bryant pump-fake or LeBron James dunk holds within it a Shaq-size load of meaning. "The Macro-Phenomenal NBA Almanac" is a one-of-a-kind guide to this tumultuous and exciting league. In a series of brilliantly illustrated chapters--from Master Builders like Tim Duncan to Destiny's Kids like Amare Stoudemire to Lost Souls like Lamar Odom--the almanac breaks down the styles of the NBA's most colorful characters, showing what each one reveals through his play and conduct, both on the court and off. Filled with some of the smartest, funniest sportswriting known to fankind, this book will cast an entirely new light on one of our favorite games.

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    FreeDarko Presents the Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac
    Styles, Stats, and Stars in Today's Game
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bethlehem Shoals, By (author) Dr. Lawyer Indianchief, By (author) Silverbird 5000, Illustrated by Big Baby Belafonte
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 178 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 767 g
    ISBN 13: 9781596915619
    ISBN 10: 1596915617

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.1
    BIC E4L: SPO
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 760
    BIC subject category V2: GBCY, WS
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Libri: I-SR
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    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: SR
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14110
    BIC subject category V2: WSJT
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 50
    BISAC V2.8: SPO004000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A09302010
    DC22: 796.32364
    BISAC V2.8: REF001000
    LC classification: GV885.13 .M33 2008
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 796.357097303
    Thema V1.0: SFC, GBCY
    Illustrations note
    Color Illustrations throughout
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Publication date
    06 September 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    FreeDarko is a collective of like-minded NBA writers and artists whose blog has become a staple of basketball fandom on the Internet. More a movement than a self-contained website, it had a regular spot on the McSweeney's site and is frequently called on by Deadspin.com to provide guest NBA coverage. Bethlehem Shoals, its chief operative, is a regular contributor to SportingNews.com and SLAM, and has published basketball-related writing in Spin, Slate, and Chicago Sports Weekly.
    Review quote
    "A textual-visual showpiece... Fabulously eccentric and gloriously illustrated... It is likely the only sports almanac in existence that features a manifesto, cooks up winkingly abstruse statistics like "cancer effect" (e.g. Stephon Marbury and the Knicks), provides an etymology of the hoop slang "swag," and name-drops Amiri Baraka, Martin Buber and Chris "Birdman" Andersen. The book knows its hoops too... Phenomenal swag." -- "New York Times Play Magazine""" "At the beginning of the ""Almanac""--a compendium of odd statistics, kinetic diagrams and goofball-academic essays--lies the Free Darko Manifesto, which puts style (flash, idiosyncrasies, etc.) above wins and losses, the individual above the home team, and flaws above perfection... It's hard not to be converted by the Darko mandate to elevate style above all else in basketball. The almanac is more than a guide to the delirious side of the NBA, it's an argument for a more humane approach to fandom. Head cases and millionaires, as viewed through the Darko lens, aren't the evil acid eating away at professional sports that a lot of the nation's columnists would have us believe. And all of this is rendered in gorgeous illustration and provocative--if often ludicrous--prose." - "Time Out Chicago""" "This guide to pro hoops from the freaks at FreeDarko is a gorgeously illustrated, deeply idiosyncratic work of mad, mad genius. They break the game down into a periodic table of playing styles (knife, shark, snowflake, this is not a pipe), identify players' spirit animals (Gilbert Arenas=Tasmanian Devil) and have the gumption to liken Tim Duncan to the Shelley sonnet "Ozymandias" (so true!)." - Philadelphia "CityPaper""There's never been a basketball book -- maybe even a sports book -- quite like "The Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac," the first print endeavor of the cult-favorite NBA blog FreeDarko... But for certain nontraditional basketball fans -- the egghead, the hipster, the ironist, the amateur culture cr