Lindy's Pro Basketball 2016-17 is Available Now!Lindy's Pro Basketball 2016-17 is in stores now. This season's edition includes the standard lineup of eight feature articles plus previews for each of the 30 NBA teams. The features are "Scoping the NBA" (Jorge Ribeiro and Roland Lazenby examine some of the key off-season stories), "Stopping the Unstoppable" (Michael Bradley ponders whether anyone can stop the Warriors after the addition of Kevin Durant), "It's Legacy, Dudes" (Lazenby discusses the Cavaliers' chances of winning back to back titles), "The Curious Case of Benjamin Simmons" (Lazenby provides a scouting report on the number one overall pick in the draft), "NBA Report Card" (Lazenby grades each team's off-season moves), "A Look Ahead" (Jeremy Treatman previews the 2017 NBA Draft), "Fantasy Basketball" (Mike Ashley provides advice to fantasy basketball aficionados) and "A Look Back" (Lazenby reminisces about how Michael Jordan took over the NBA 30 years ago, averaging a non-Wilt Chamberlain record 37.1 ppg).
I wrote the L.A. Lakers team preview and sidebar this year. I enjoyed quickly shifting gears from Bar Exam preparation to analyzing the prospects of one of pro basketball's most storied franchises. This is the ninth edition of Lindy's Pro Basketball for which I have contributed at least one team preview or feature article, a run that started in 2005 and continued through 2013, after which I took a couple years off as I earned my J.D. degree. Respected author/editor Roland Lazenby has ably handled the editorial duties for Lindy's Pro Basketball seemingly forever; I first met Lazenby during the 2005 NBA All-Star Weekend in Denver after admiring his work from afar for many years and it has always been a pleasure to work with him.
When I was a kid/young adult, one of the highlights of this time of year was going to Waldenbooks and looking for the various NBA preview magazines, plus the new NBA Guide and NBA Register. The NBA Guide and NBA Register are now digital only products and many of the preview magazines of yesteryear have ceased publication but it still remains a thrill to go to a bookstore and see Lindy's Pro Basketball in the magazine section--and the thrill is heightened because I have been blessed with the opportunity to contribute to Lindy's!
posted by David Friedman @ 11:04 PM