MILWAUKEE (AP) — Epke Udoh will leave one positive lasting impression from this dreary season for the Milwaukee Bucks, and it has nothing to do with basketball.
Few, if 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.
Udoh, a four-year NBA veteran, is thinking big.
"I 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 buzz going."
He's off to a decent start in a relatively short time.
Udoh, 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.
"It was a spur of the moment thing," Udoh said.
Udoh buys 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.
Discussion 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 him.