FreeDarko At Powell's Book Reading: Friday Night At 7:30 PM

freedarko

Almost two years ago, back in February 2009, Nathaniel Friedman aka Bethlehem Shoals of the basketball blog Free Darko presented from his first book, The Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac, at Powell's. It was a fun, interactive slideshow and prompted a number of interesting basketball conversations during the question and answer period, the autograph session and the afterparty. Many of you attended and it was awesome to meet you.

Good news! Shoals is back, taking over Powell's this Friday at 7:30 PM to present from his second book, The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball. You are invited and I hope to see you there. 

Much like the first book, the second book pulls out the idiosyncrasies of players, coaches and owners to form biographical sketches that help explain the game's history. This time around, rather than focusing on a certain generation of players, the FD team traces basketball all the way back to its James Naismith roots. The book's essays frolic through the major figures that shaped the on-court product -- Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, etc. -- paying attention to what was going on outside the game historically as well, adding depth to each player's narrative. No stone in left unturned: the pre-NBA professional leagues, the ABA and the modern era are all explored.

The essays are accompanied by all the fabulous trivia and amazing visuals that you expect from the FD team. Once again, some of the graphics -- like a comparison between the NBA pre-shot clock and the English Countryside pre-enclosure -- are so brilliant you could stare at them for 15 minutes. Another jaw-dropper is a two-page spread called "A History of Violence" that visually tracks and interrelates which players got into the most fights after scanning 23,000 AP recaps from 1980 to 2009. Buck Williams is near the top of the list.

Regardless of how many basketball books you've read, you will learn a lot about the game given the angles taken in the essays, the presentation of information visually and the sheer volume of research that went into compiling this history. There's no higher compliment that can be paid to a book about a popular subject. 

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

PS Mandatory disclosure: Blazersedge received a complimentary review copy of Free Darko's Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Blazer's Edge

You must be a member of Blazer's Edge to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Blazer's Edge. You should read them.

Join Blazer's Edge

You must be a member of Blazer's Edge to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Blazer's Edge. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker