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

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Staff Pick

The guys at FreeDarko have delivered another outstanding basketball book, this time about the history of the game. While not a complete history, they hit many of the highlights of the sport, including the first organized leagues, the Celtics of the 1960s, the ABA, the draft, Michael Jordan, and the Olympic teams. Alongside the written history are FreeDarko's unique visual aids. My favorites include "A History of Violence," mapping out players and those they have tussled with, and "The Hair up There," which charts the various hairstyles of the players.
Recommended by Jen, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In fall 2008, the blogging collective known as FreeDarko produced The Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac, generating endless buzz and rave reviews. Their unpredictable yet astute observations about contemporary basketball, coupled with truly stunning illustrations, made for a funny and irrepressibly stylish book on the NBA.

Yet the almanac was really just the beginning, and this inimitable collective returns with a bigger scope, deeper research, and renewed passion as they take on the whole of pro basketball history. Here we'll see the full evolution of the league: from the Celtics of Red Auerbach (compared by FreeDarko to the filmmaker John Cassavetes) clear through to the years of Frazier, Jordan, Iverson, and LeBron and Kobe. Of course, it's more than simply a history. In these pages we'll also see a taxonomy of every fight in NBA history, the relationship between Wilt Chamberlain's scoring and the atom bomb, and a feature known as the Mustache Index.

The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History is not only satiric and ingenious but an erudite and perspicacious history of the game. Complete with an appendix of obscure but telling statistics, this book is a must-have for fans, or anyone else lucky enough to lay eyes on it.

Review:

“Elevates pro basketball's pop to poetry.” True Hoop, ESPN.com

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“Phenomenal.” >New York Times Play Magazine

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“Stunning.” Sports Illustrated

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“I love this book.” Stefan Fatsis, NPR

Review:

"This is for those whose interest extends to the evolution of NBA facial hair and statistical analyses of in-game fights....[B]oth a useful reference tool and an engaging read. Highly recommended." Library Journal

Synopsis:

From the blogging collective known as FreeDarko comes the whole of pro basketball history. The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History is not only satiric and ingenious but an erudite and perspicuous history of the game.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

FreeDarko is a collective of like-minded writers and artists (Bethlehem Shoals, Big Baby, Dr. Lawyer IndianChief, Billups, and Silverbird 5000) who gather to celebrate (and take down) the National Basketball Association. Their website garners 70,000 unique hits per months and has a devoted audience that includes many sportswriters, athletes, and literary figures.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781608190836
Author:
Bethlehem Shoals and Big Baby and Dr. Lawyer IndianChief and Billups and Silverbird 5000
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Author:
IndianChief, Lawyer
Author:
Indianchief, Dr Lawyer
Author:
Weinstein, Jacob
Author:
Shoals, Bethlehem
Author:
Bloomsbury
Author:
5000, Silverbird
Author:
Rotkirch, Anna
Author:
Baby, Big
Subject:
Basketball - General
Subject:
Basketball
Subject:
Basketball - Professional
Subject:
History
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Basketball General
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Sports General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Color Illustrations throughout
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in 1 lb

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Product details 224 pages Bloomsbury USA - English 9781608190836 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

The guys at FreeDarko have delivered another outstanding basketball book, this time about the history of the game. While not a complete history, they hit many of the highlights of the sport, including the first organized leagues, the Celtics of the 1960s, the ABA, the draft, Michael Jordan, and the Olympic teams. Alongside the written history are FreeDarko's unique visual aids. My favorites include "A History of Violence," mapping out players and those they have tussled with, and "The Hair up There," which charts the various hairstyles of the players.

"Review" by , “Elevates pro basketball's pop to poetry.”
"Review" by , “Phenomenal.” >
"Review" by , “Stunning.”
"Review" by , “I love this book.”
"Review" by , "This is for those whose interest extends to the evolution of NBA facial hair and statistical analyses of in-game fights....[B]oth a useful reference tool and an engaging read. Highly recommended."
"Synopsis" by , From the blogging collective known as FreeDarko comes the whole of pro basketball history. The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History is not only satiric and ingenious but an erudite and perspicuous history of the game.
"Synopsis" by , 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.

"Synopsis" by ,
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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