OK, so I was in O'Hare yesterday and I was a little early for my flight. To kill time, I went to the bookstore to see if I could find something interesting. Buried in the "Games" section I found this book: Transition Game - How Hoosiers Went Hip Hop by L. Jon Wertheim. Wertheim has written lots of articles (most notably to us, the now infamous Bird/Artest cover story at the beginning of this season). What you might not know about him is this: he's a Bloomington North H.S. grad.
Evidently, this book was published last year and I never even heard of it.
I'll say this: anybody who is interested in the culture of Indiana and the state of basketbell in the basketball State needs to find this book and read it right now.
What does this have to do with the Pacers? It covers the Pacers later in the book (I'm not there yet). But so far there are lots of great quotes from Larry Bird and Donnie Walsh (example: "drafting Damon Baily was nothing more than a P.R. move.") EDIT- Oh yeah - Slick is in there too.
It is certainly not an NBA book, it's a hoosier book and it covers the sport at every level and every gender. It focuses a lot on the BHSN Cougars, but always relates to the game and our culture as a whole.
I plan on reading it a second time as soon as I'm through it the first time.
Jay had a sort of "book club thread" idea last off-season. I'm willing to give it another go - anyone else interested in reading and posting about it?