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Days of Thunder (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Thorsten Schier
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The author spent a season following New York's only American Basketball Association team, the New York Thunder. In this semi-professional league where half the teams starting any given season fold due to financial pressure, the Thunder are always just one step from falling apart. Personal and professional troubles plague the team and having an idiosyncratic coach with a tendency for violent outbursts doesn't help. While most of the team will never play professionally, a few hold on to the dream that they can still make the NBA.


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Journalist Thorsten Schier peers into the little-known world of America's lowest-tier professional basketball league. With roughly 60 teams that play each other in sparsely attended games held in high-school and community gyms around the country, the ABA features talented and aspiring players who earn next to nothing playing in hopes of being picked up by the NBA Development League or by a well-paying overseas team. The games are good, the admission is cheap, but the real price is paid by the players in form of hand-to-mouth living. Part narrative, part investigative journalism, this article introduces readers to the players on a team who are fighting for a piece of the American dream. --Paul Diamond

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  • File Size: 29 KB
  • Print Length: 16 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004INHR74
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,617 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good story marred by inaccuracies and typos January 29, 2011
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I purchased this book hoping that there would be accurate information about the current iteration of the American Basketball Association. What I received was a very short - too short, in my opinion - overview of an ABA season, an overview absolutely riddled with typographical errors and factual inaccuracies.

As the source material takes place in the 2009-10 season, the text makes references to the Continental Basketball Association as a viable playing alternative. This is not possible, as the CBA shut down in the middle of the 2008-09 season. Reference is also made to 15,000 people attending the ABA's 2008 final game; that crowd occurred in the ABA's final contest in 2005. Guard Kyle Cuffe's name is misspelled "Cuffey" near the end of the book. The coach is said to have driven from his home in "Farockaway." And the ABA never "invented" the long-distance 3-point line; the 3-point shot had been part of three other professional leagues in the 1960's long before the ABA ever formed.

There's also issues regarding punctuation and formatting, all of which detract from the text's message. All this Kindle Single told me was that teams don't show up for games, players hate their coaches, and attendance at ABA games is anemic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it March 22, 2011
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First things first. I want to address the issue of factual accuracy. While this clearly would not meet the standards of, say, The New Yorker, it's not quite as dreadful as the other review suggests. As to the 15,000 attendance, I searched on Kindle and found just one reference to 15,000 referring generally to the old ABA, where one team drew only 89 fans for its last game "while other teams packed 15,000 seat stadiums" (location 106). I have no idea what the reviewer is talking about with last game in 2005 or 2008 or whatever. The author does erroneously attribute the advent of the three-pointer to the old ABA, although I suppose with a good editor, it might have been amended to suggest the old ABA brought three-point shooting up to the top professional level. As to the CBA, the author does not actually say the CBA was a contemporaneous alternative to the ABA. He was summarizing a discussion with an agent who described the career path of a low minor league basketball player with the CBA traditionally being a rung above the ABA. I wouldn't say it's an error per se (that was the traditional path as presented by the agent with who the author spoke), but a good editor would have re-phrased the passage. If this bothers you, and I can see where it would, sit down and brace yourself: Editing is a serious endeavor and good editing can be a costly one. It was clearly absent here. We get that. You may not realize though that it's similarly absent in much modern commentary. Pretty much the entire "blogosphere' is unedited or at best, edited in the skimpiest way. Even at top publications, editing in this cost-conscious era is often limited to typo-catching. These are serious issues in general, as all Kindle Singles authors probably know. Read more ›
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