— Epke Udoh will leave one positive lasting impression
from this dreary season for the Milwaukee Bucks, and it
has nothing to do with basketball.
any, NBA players can say they've started a book club over
Twitter. Fewer still probably cite entertainment magnate
Oprah Winfrey as a role model.
four-year NBA veteran, is thinking big.
want to be like Oprah. I want to be like Oprah's book
club," the Bucks forward said Tuesday. "I'll get
there. It might take me a couple years, but I'll get some
to a decent start in a relatively short time.
drafted by Golden State with the sixth pick in the 2010
draft out of Baylor, said he started getting into reading
last summer. At one point, Udoh said, someone mentioned in
passing to him about starting a book club. He got it going
during training camp in the fall.
was a spur of the moment thing," Udoh said.
the book selection for the first 25 people who sign up
through a link he distributes on Twitter. Others can still
take part in the discussion on Twitter — lately, it has
taken place Tuesday evening, when the Bucks are usually
idle — by using "Epkesbookclub" as a hashtag.
on the club's fourth selection, the best-seller "The
Fault in Our Stars," by John Green, was scheduled to
finish up on Twitter on Tuesday night. Selections are made
in consultation with the public relations staff of the
Bucks — though Udoh said the book club idea belonged to
selection is made, he asks readers to get through about 80
pages a week ahead of the next online discussion.
Sometimes, Udoh starts things off with a question. Other
times, he'll just let participants guide the direction of
the most part, it gets intense," Udoh said.
thriving book club seems to be a welcome distraction for
the well-spoken Udoh during what has been a difficult
basketball season. At 15-66, the Bucks have clinched this
season's worst record headed into their finale Wednesday
at home against the Atlanta Hawks.
played in just 42 games, averaging 3.4 points. He has been
bothered by knee and ankle injuries. He's headed to
California for some rest and relaxation after the season.
decompressing, he'll get right back into the book club.
plans to spend the summer in Dallas this summer, so he's
thinking about taking his book club into a public high
school. He's also pondering whether to organize an
in-person book club meeting in which the most active
participants would be invited, along with possibly one of
the authors for his book club selections, or a related