In our November ish, we have a short essay about recently troubled Mavericks forward Josh Howard, written by Bethlehem Shoals, one of the fine minds behind my favorite basketball site, FreeDarko. Please do give it a read. Two notes:
- Shoals’ participation came about via the magic of Facebook. I hooked up with him via Amelia Abreu, who used to write for me at the Observer. (She got her start at the DO by writing me an angry letter.) So yes, The MySpace Candidateâ„¢ has switched social-networking platforms. Deal.
- This gives me more than enough reason to expound on the joys of the new FreeDarko joint, The Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac: Styles, Stats, and Stars in Today’s Game. It hits stores November 11. Nowhere else, ever, will you find such things as: Tim Duncan’s career averages compared to the Fibonacci Sequence; a guide to the proper jersey to wear in every situation (example: for a funeral, Michael Jordan’s 1995 comeback No. 45, because “from now till infinity, the Jordan 4-5 links death with rebirth and adjustment”; how fast Ferdinand Magellan might have circumnavigated the globe if he and his crew were replaced with a crew of Leandro Barbosas; and a ranked list of the All-Time Greatest NBA Cancers (No.1 is Greg “Cadillac” Anderson). And that’s just a taste. I’d say it’s for NBA completists only, but I think the casual fan can get behind it, too.