Surely You Can't Be Serious...
Several months ago NBA journeyman, Paul Shirley was asked to post some of his thoughts during a Phoenix Suns (his team at the time) road trip. The result was pure hilarity. As the Suns eventually reached the playoffs, and Shirley's thoughts from the earlier road trip had become wildly popular, he was tapped to keep a running diary of his experiences in the playoffs. Again, from his discussion of checking out attractive female fans from his spot on the bench, to his tales of playing cards on the team charter, Shirley proved to be phenomenally witty. So much so that back on June 13, I wrote as follows:
"Whether or not this guy keeps playing, NBA.com, or some other media outlet needs to capitalize on his abilities as a scribe. I would happily pay some sort of subscription fee to access a full-season journal on NBA.com, and given how cheap I am, that’s saying something."
Well, in true journeyman form, Shirley isn't exactly hooked up with the NBA right now, but there is some good news. Yesterday my buddy Dez emailed me a link to the this site. That's right boys and girls, Paul Shirley is keeping a running journal on his life in basketball for ESPN. From my initial read, it's somewhat undefined how long he'll keep this up (given that his basketball career could take him just about anywhere), but at least for the time being we've got the funniest basketball writer around pumping out material. So check out his comments. And if you've got ESPN Insider, check out the transcript of his recent online chat, which is phenomenal. Generally I rue the day that I signed up for Insider, but at least for this month, the chat made it worth the money.