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 t 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.
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.
Bethlehem Shoals, Dr. Lawyer IndianChief, Jacob Weinstein, Silverbird 5000