Basketball, Knicks, Jackie Macmullan discussed on The Lowe Post
And now the low post, welcome to the low post podcast live from the remnants of the Jalen and Jacoby studio in Los Angeles where there is no memorabilia left on the wall, and I am thrilled thrilled to be joined by two friends and great writers who collaborated on what must have been an enormously challenging book called basketball, a love story, which is sort of an oral history cold from our twenty hour documentary. Coming up to my left Jackie MacMullan to my rate, grantland brother, rape Bartholomew, how you guys doing will brother and we haven't seen each other for a while. So this is a happy day for us too. So I'm not gonna lie. I had look spectators and I had low expectations. I not to be offended that I, I had low expectations just because it's very big. It's a very, like if I dropped it on table, it would make a large plopping sound. Go ahead try and and I just can't imagine like I don't even know what format. All this material comes to you in because the documentary is twenty hours, which means there's sixty hours. I don't know how many hours of hundreds hundreds hundreds we've received. Well, Jack, you received the physical transcribed which I didn't, which would have been about one hundred sixty five bound. I don't know, leather bound books that would have looked great on on a man I'm getting. I'm having like a mini nervous breakdown right now at the thought of getting all of that and being located. Now you have to turn that into a five hundred page book. And I got them in my son was like, seriously, mom. Really? You can't do this electrically mom, and you know what? Halfway through. I he's right. I ditched them all and I did really 'cause I've, I'm picturing like I want my whole room with the binders spread out and the white. I tried that I tried to heart. This book was hard. It was over the. I used all digital stuff because when we began working on it or when they gave us the transcripts, I was actually living in the Philippines for six months. So there's no way they're shipping a few hundred pounds of of paper all the way to Manila. So I could look at it and digital stuff does help a little bit. You could. If you were looking for a story about some kind of subject in in somebody's transcript, you could control find you had some stuff like that. But we also made an effort to read these thousands of pages because I feel lucky to even see them. You know, this is the primary source material of like the Dead Sea scrolls of spoilt of basket. So that's what this is. And it is literally an oral history of basketball from the inception of the NBA through the warriors. And and again, I was like, that's going to be a lot. And I don't know if I'm gonna get sick of the oral history format. Like when you get those seven hundred page oral histories about like page four hundred. I'm usually I'm like, I'm kind of done with this. I took it to Croatia on vacation, and I just absolutely sailed through it. And there are two things that and then we'll get into the specifics because there's too much good stuff to talk about. Number one, EV, one of the great things about doing a book with this kind of scope. I would imagine now that I've seen it and read it is you have so much to talk about that right. When one section begins to be like, okay, I'm kind of ready to move. You do move on. There's like now have essay about Alan Iverson. I was about ready to be done with the seventy s Knicks now we go on to this other thing and just. When you get people talking at length about their careers in in a sport that we all love. There are just these little tidbits that come flying out of their mouths where you're like, I never thought about that or I don't think I've ever heard that guy say that or I don't think I've ever heard that guy said that about that guy or that that's like just stuff just in evidence. Thank you. Talked to enough stuff comes out, so either one of you, let's start broad again. We go ABA seventies Knicks warriors. What was your favorite section to work on. Well, for me was the racial discrimination and and..