First things first. I want to address the issue of factual accuracy. While this clearly would not meet the standards of, say, The New Yorker, it's not quite as dreadful as the other review suggests. As to the 15,000 attendance, I searched on Kindle and found just one reference to 15,000 referring generally to the old ABA, where one team drew only 89 fans for its last game "while other teams packed 15,000 seat stadiums" (location 106). I have no idea what the reviewer is talking about with last game in 2005 or 2008 or whatever. The author does erroneously attribute the advent of the three-pointer to the old ABA, although I suppose with a good editor, it might have been amended to suggest the old ABA brought three-point shooting up to the top professional level. As to the CBA, the author does not actually say the CBA was a contemporaneous alternative to the ABA. He was summarizing a discussion with an agent who described the career path of a low minor league basketball player with the CBA traditionally being a rung above the ABA. I wouldn't say it's an error per se (that was the traditional path as presented by the agent with who the author spoke), but a good editor would have re-phrased the passage. If this bothers you, and I can see where it would, sit down and brace yourself: Editing is a serious endeavor and good editing can be a costly one. It was clearly absent here. We get that. You may not realize though that it's similarly absent in much modern commentary. Pretty much the entire "blogosphere' is unedited or at best, edited in the skimpiest way. Even at top publications, editing in this cost-conscious era is often limited to typo-catching. These are serious issues in general, as all Kindle Singles authors probably know. But for better or worse, I don't feel inclined to put the whole weight of this tremendously important and badly neglected topic on the shoulders of this one author. Sadly, when it comes to strict accuracy, ALL media nowadays needs to be approached with skepticism.
Now, as to this work, I really did get a kick out of it, not just the bare bones (teams not showing up, bad attendance, teams folding, etc.) but mainly what makes the key people tick, why they are involved in the league. I found myself rooting for some of them,especially since the dreams seemed so reasonable. these guys know they're not about to get called by the Lakers or Celtics. But I felt gratified when one player made it; i.e. got picked up by the main Venezuela league (a step up from the lower Venezuela league in which he previously played). The owner/coach is a heck of a character; I found myself trying to figure out who I'd cast to play him if I were to produce a NY Thunder sitcom (based on this Kindle Single, i can see where such a project might be interesting). Heck, if the Thunder are around next year and I can figure out where they play, I'd be tempted to try to get to a game. I'm serious . . . I've seen minor league hockey and arena football, so I think I can get the vibe of the ABA based on this work, tenuous though it may be. I feel I'd be able to actually root for the team.