Adult Nonfiction GV884.S45 A3 2007
Summary: He' s been called a journeyman. Even Paul wouldn' t dispute that classification. Regardless, Bill Simmons, ESPN.com' s " The Sports Guy, " has said of Paul Shirley, " We could finally have an answer to the question ' What would it be like if one of our friends was an NBA player?" There' s no denying that Paul Shirley is the closest thing pro basketball' s got to Odysseus. In Homeric fashion, he has logged time practically everywhere in the roundball universe, from six NBA cities to pro leagues in Spain and Greece to North America' s pro ball Siberia, the minor leagues. Hell, he' s even played in the real Siberia. And in Can I Keep My Jersey?, Shirley finally puts down roots long enough to deliver one of the great locker-room chronicles of the modern age. With sharp elbows and an even sharper wit, Shirley- whose writings have been described as " wildly entertaining" by The Wall Street Journal- drops hilarious commentary, revealing which teams have the best cheerleaders (he' s spent many a time-out watching them ply their trade), why Christ is rapidly becoming every team' s " sixth man, " and even the best ways to get bloodstains out of your game uniform, using only an ordinary bar of soap and a hotel bathroom sink. From sharing the court with Kobe and Shaq to perusing the food court at some mall in a bush-league burg; from taking pregame layups to getting laid out by a stray knee from an NBA power forward; from hopping a limo to the team' s charter jet to dashing to catch the van home from a B-league game in Tijuana, Shirley dishes on what it' s like totry to make it as a professional athlete. Can I Keep My Jersey? is a rollicking, thoughtful, even thought-provoking insider' s look at a pro baller' s life on the fringe. Like Jim Bouton' s Ball Four or John Feinstein' s A Season on the Brink, Shirley' s odyssey deserves to find a home on every sports fan' s bookshelf.
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