Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

There are a lot of different revenue streams that NBA players have access to, depending on their level of fame. Shoe endorsements, awkward overseas commercials, overpriced restaurants where people only eat once because of the name and then realize it’s not really that great — you know, the hits. But there is perhaps none funnier than the children’s book, which we’ve seen from guys like Chris Paul and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

But now we have a new name to add to that esteemed list: Amar’e Stoudemire. His book, “STAT: Standing Tall and Talented” (of course),” comes out August 1. Here’s the synopsis from Amazon:

Eleven-year-old Amar’e Stoudemire has a lot going on. He loves to go skateboarding in the park. He takes his school work very seriously. He helps out with his dad’s landscaping company. And he likes to play basketball with his best friends — but just for fun.

When a group of older kids start disrespecting his boys on their neighborhood basketball court, there is only one solution. Amar’e must step in and use his athletic ability and intelligence to save the day. This experience leads Amar’e to realize that basketball is his true passion.

Based on the life of All-Star NBA sensation Amar’e Stoudemire, who overcame many obstacles to become one of the most popular figures in sports today.

This sounds great. Everybody knows there is no better way to stand up to bullies than by basketballing them in the faces while also using your intelligence. That’s what Will Smith did and he’s the biggest star on Earth.

The best part of this, however, is that it’s just the first in the series, which promises to be “based on the life” of Amar’e Stoudemire. That means there will be more of these and that means we’ll eventually get childrenized tales of arthroscopic knee surgery, explorations of Jewish faith that may or may not be real, how to pick the right Oakleys when you get poked in the eye too many times, what it’s like to deal with selfish people (a bully named Charbello which is a total coincidence), the benefits of cutting the sleeves off of your jean jacket and, of course, the tale of an arduous recovery after punching a fire extinguisher. Sounds like an amazing series, since all of these events will somehow save the day.

Of course, once Amar’e's book is published, Carmelo Anthony will want his own book. Call me crazy, but I can’t wait for the release of “Chuckin’ and Chocolate: The Carmelo Anthony Story.”

You guys remember Scott Raab, right? He’s the Esquire reporter that got banned from Miami Heat games because he hates LeBron James so much. Sure, you do.

Well, he wrote a book called “The Whore of Akron” that’s about how much he hates LeBron James, and as a promotional stunt, he signed a copy and dropped it off at LeBron James’ Akron home. It’s called guerilla marketing and it is very effective, though I am going to go out on a limb and guess that LeBron hasn’t had a chance to leaf through it yet. Just a hunch.

(And for all you old NBA blogheads out there — this video was done by Brian Spaeth, a.k.a. The Cavalier of “Who Shot Mamba?” and Yay! Sports fame. That’s him with the silly sunglasses. I guess this is growing up.)

More great Manute Bol facts

These come from the “Best Friends with Chris Mullin” section of Manute Bol’s dossier, right next to the part where Manute gave Mullin the nickname “Chalk” because he was so white. From the Wall Street Journal review of “The Defender,” a short book about Bol by Jordan Conn:

Bol legends have piled up over the years, and in the e-book “The Defender” Jordan Conn probes as necessary, interviewing Bol’s teammates, friends and family. As a child, he may have killed a lion; he quite possibly coined the phrase “my bad”; he certainly warned Congress about Osama bin Laden in 1993.

If you were picking three things to do in your lifetime, killing a lion, coining a popular phrase and warning the United States government about a dangerous terrorist are pretty high on the list. Throw in the fact that Bol was 7-foot-7, an African tribal prince who donated most of his career earnings to aiding the people in Sudan, and was saluted by the United States Senate following his death and you get one of the most amazing stories in NBA history.

The book this comes from, “The Defender,” is available from Amazon as a Kindle Single for $1.99. If it’s filled with stuff like this, that’s a pretty nice bargain. After all, tales of lion-killing giants who take time off from the NBA to alert government officials about deadly terrorists don’t grow on trees.

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'DUNKS' by Eric Elms

We don’t offer a lot of book recommendations here at The Basketball Jones — because we are the Internet, and books are print media and those two entities are locked in a battle to the death, choose your side — so when we do, you can be sure that they’re worth your time. And “DUNKS” by Eric Elms is probably worth your time.

“DUNKS,” available for $17 from AndPress, is a collection of, well, dunks and their subsequent reactions. Eric Elms explains it better:

Whenever I go to games or see a last second shot on TV I  loved seeing the synchronized reaction of all the fans. This zine is a collection of cropped sections of old NBA dunk posters I cut up after having enough to make a book. Gawkers in the stands!!!!!

Gawkers in the stands, you guys. Who doesn’t love gawkers in the stands? Exactly.

The book looks really cool, like something you’d stumble upon in a thrift store while absentmindedly thumbing through romance novel after romance novel. Plus, $17 for a limited edition book by a respected artist is an excellent deal.

Some snaps from the book after the jump. Tell me this wouldn’t look great on your ottoman.

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Go buy the new FreeDarko book

Today marks the release of the newest FreeDarko book. It’s called “The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History,” and you really should go buy it and put it in your hands and then read every single word of it while marveling at the pictures.

Not just because we’re friends with those bros. Not just because Chuck Klosterman called the illustrations “borderline genius.” And not just because you need to have read the entire text by this Friday because Bethlehem Shoals is going to be a guest on this week’s episode of The Overdose. Yes, all of those are valid reasons, but you really just need to read this book for your own benefit.

I’m about three-quarters of the way through and I will gladly vouch for this entire thing. It works as a reflection on NBA history, it works as a piece of art — seriously, the illustrations are incredible — and it definitely works as part of the FD ethos. You will be very happy to have read this book, no matter how familiar you are with FreeDarko‘s unique way of looking at the NBA. It is that good.

Plus, the orange cover looks excellent on a bookshelf. That’s extra bang for your buck.