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The Darko Index is a Boston Celtics and NBA site, named after Darko Milicic, who went back to Serbia to be with his sick mother after playing a single game in a Celtic uniform.  The Darko Index is a Boston Celtics and NBA site. The site’s purpose is to provide unique commentary, analysis and humor on the NBA game, with specific attention to the Boston Celtics. The site is intended for the intelligent and passionate NBA fan.

Feel free to contact Jonah Hall with any questions, comments, concerns, corrections, or poems at darkoindex@gmail.com.  

The Darko Index is written from a specific viewpoint that is uncommon among most NBA-focused sites. That lens is equal parts passionate fan, literary reader, sociological critic, and culturally-conscious citizen. The site is not overly stylized, nor is it bursting with graphics. It emphasizes the love of the game as well as the way the game functions as a social institution within society. Though the site’s focus is on the NBA, I write about sporting culture in general, and include personal opinion and the fan experience as well.In my reading, I have rarely found writers to possess a combination of personal observation, astute analysis, overwhelming passion for the games and political and cultural commentary.

My favorite sportswriters, Gary Smith, Jackie MacMullan, Kevin Blackistone, Jonathan Abrams, and Bob Ryan, among others, find a way to combine these traits. Still, they are rare species in the sports journalism world. Only in recent years are sportswriters generally allowed to be remotely political.  Controversy often stems from strong opinions or extreme responses to visible sporting moments, rather than an actual human voice, writing with empathy for the people involved in the world of athletics.

The site examines the ways in which the sport of basketball is covered by various media outlets and provides links to various other websites, broadening the scope of the site to function as a conduit to the greater sporting landscape. The site’s writing style is literary, informative, and attempts to be casually humorous. Player descriptions and game recaps are commonplace.

Subconsciously, I tend to focus on the unsung hero.  Maybe because I grew up being one of the shorter players on my basketball, baseball and football teams.  I was 5’4″ as a high school freshman.  Within the game of basketball, I am enamored with defensive genius, the subtext within each game, the narratives that shape an entire season, and, of course, the numbers that measure team and player performance. Unlike the majority of major-media NBA sites, I attempt to focus on players whose highlights are rarely shown on Sportscenter, such as Avery Bradley, as well as coaches who many fans are unfamiliar with, like Washington’s Randy Wittman. The desire to unearth the unfamiliar is one of the site’s themes.

Does all of this sound like I’m taking myself rather seriously?  Well, I guess I am.  Hopefully, there is enough humor sprinkled in here and there to keep it from sounding overly-self-important, pompous, or alienating.  I hate those people as much as you do.

On the whole, The Darko Index attempts to locate the cross-section between NBA obsession, fandom in general, and the sociocultural context of the sporting landscape, while maintaining a degree of levity and an idea of how our global interest in the basketball universe genuinely unifies us as human beings.

The Darko Index is a Boston Celtics and NBA site. The Darko Index follows the Boston Celtics closely, the Golden State Warriors loosely and the NBA in general. The Index is also a writing project, one in which I’m forced to post without reservation, precocity, or delusions of grandeur.

The site is an attempt to spread my passion for hoops and my reasons for loving the game itself.
Personal observation, analysis and sometimes absurd or poetic descriptions are commonplace. I have a tendency to focus on the unsung hero, the defensive wizard, the subtext, and the numbers. I root for the Avery Bradleys and the Randy Wittmans of the NBA.

The Index is an attempt to locate the cross-section between NBA obsession, fandom in general, and the sociocultural context of the sporting landscape, while hoping to keep a sense of humor and always feeling the Celtics-love.

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Feel free to contact Jonah Hall with any questions, comments, concerns, corrections, or poems at darkoindex@gmail.com.  

Thanks for reading.

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