It sounds like pure fantasy.
Much to the delight of its members,
"Who would think that an NBA player would have a book club?" Udoh said Wednesday.
It's a simple concept, really. The
Udoh then distributes, via email, a reading schedule and sets a time for discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #EkpesBookClub. Udoh moderates the Twitter discussions, which can last more than an hour and usually include about 20 participants.
"It's really good, intense conversations," Udoh said. "People have fun with it."
The next discussion, regarding the "Serial" podcast, is scheduled for Thursday evening and could include an undisclosed Clippers teammate.
"I'm going to see if he shows," Udoh said.
Udoh, 27, started the club in the summer of 2013 while playing for Milwaukee at the suggestion of Dan Smyczek, the
"Instead of indulging in that lifestyle," Udoh said, "I went and got some books."
His favorite so far has been "Unbroken," Laura Hillenbrand's biography of World War II hero Louis Zamperini, who survived a plane crash and 2 1/2 years as a prisoner of war. Udoh said he intended to fly several club members to Los Angeles for a screening of the movie, which will be released on Christmas.
Udoh flew some members to Dallas in July for a screening of "The Fault in Our Stars," putting them up at a four-star hotel and buying dinner.
"We talked about the movie and the book and how they compared," Udoh said.
Udoh has been about what the Clippers expected, not doing much statistically but bringing a defense-minded presence to the limited minutes he receives as the last big man on the bench. He scored his first basket of the season Monday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
It's no mystery what Clippers Coach
"Block shots, just be in the right position," Udoh said. "That's my role and I know my role."