FreeDarko presents...The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History

FreeDarko presents...The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History


By (author) Bethlehem Shoals, By (author) Jacob Weinstein, By (author) Dr. Lawyer Indianchief, By (author) Silverbird 5000

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 185mm x 231mm x 23mm | 816g
  • Publication date: 30 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1608190838
  • ISBN 13: 9781608190836
  • Illustrations note: Color Illustrations throughout
  • Sales rank: 112,657

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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.

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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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Praise for "The Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac"“Phenomenal.”"—New York Times Play Magazine"“Stunning.”"—Sports Illustrated"“I love this book.”"—"Stefan Fatsis, NPR“Elevates pro basketball’s pop to poetry.”"—"True Hoop, ESPN.comPraise for "The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History"“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"“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"