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December 1, 2008

The NBA Is FAN-tastic

Free Darko's sensibilities elevate even the Association's most-mundane games into an aesthete's delight.

Jim Chairusmi

For the collective of writers who make up Free Darko, their manifesto is simple: The dissolution of the old NBA, a renewal of faith in individual players, and the celebration of a more perfect basketball union. Free Darko's FreeDarko presents The Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac: Styles, Stats, and Stars in Today's Game is a beautifully illustrated, handy guide to the collection of athletes and personalities that make up the stylish NBA.

As Gilbert Arenas writes in the foreword, "When fans go to a game all they want is entertainment. They want to see somebody playing their heart out, and for the guy who's playing his heart out to have fun doing it." The site also has friends with worse jump shots. Free Darko was described by With Leather's Matt Ufford as "an incomprehensible graduate philosophy class with a head-scratching slideshow," while Deadspin founder Will Leitch says the FD guys "are smarter about every subject than I am."

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