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Amazon Best of the Month, December 2008: From its mouthful of a name, you might expect The Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac to be one of the new breed of fantasy-friendly stathead sports guides in the vein of the Baseball Prospectus. Or, from its blogger pedigree (via the popular FreeDarko.com), you might assume it's one of those quickie blog-into-book projects that repurposes new-media content into an old-media package. But it's neither--not even close. Bucking the data-crunching trend, the Almanac's pseudonymous authors instead embrace the mythical side of pro sports, reminding us that the difference between, say, LeBron and AI lies not just in 0.2 ppg but in the rich drama of potential, style, and lore that each star represents. And the Almanac is no blog: it's every inch a book, freshly imagined and gorgeously designed, with colorful, smart graphics that give dimension to figures from Tim "Mechanical Gothic" Duncan to Stephon "Hategoat" Marbury. With a foreword, fittingly, by Gilbert Arenas, the NBA star whose kooky, self-concocted "Agent Zero" persona often overshadows his knee-hobbled game, the Almanac is the ideal midseason treat for the casual fan and the deep obsessive alike. --Tom Nissley
In the illustrations below, artists from the Free Darko collective give their unique take on two of basketball's "Master Builders"--Kobe Bryant, the perfectionist, and Tim Duncan, a methodical player of gothic proportions. (Click the images to enlarge)
The book is most notable for its very cool illustrations. It definitely embraces NBA basketball from an individual player standpoint as opposed to a team standpoint. Read morePublished 3 months ago by BTDUBS
You've never dreamed at looking at basketball in such a comprehensive, logical and artful way. I'm amazed at every aspect of this book.Published on August 22, 2011 by Bryan P. North
Already a huge NBA fan and a reader of the FreeDarko blog, I purchased this shortly after its release and devoured every page. And although we're 2. Read morePublished on August 9, 2011 by wubh
Creative descriptions of NBA basketball players for the avid fan. But, the material is already somewhat outdated. Read morePublished on July 11, 2011 by s-reviewer
This book blew my mind - I stopped caring seriously about pro basketball around the David Robinson/Tim Duncan era. Read morePublished on May 28, 2011 by Elliott
I'm two years late to the party on this one but I picked this up recently and was absolutely blown away. Read morePublished on December 15, 2010 by P. Quadrino
I can't put it any better than the judges reaction to Billy Madison's "puppy who lost his way" rant in the final round of his challenge against Eric. Read morePublished on November 4, 2010 by B
This book is the worst I have ever read! It gives you absolutely nothing. Just empty trivial facts about a few players in the NBA..Published on September 28, 2010 by Vinnie Dalehaug
I was searching through amazon.com for a nice statistical analysis on NBA basketball.
This book somehow came across my screen and after reading the previous customer... Read more