March 25, 2005

Paul Shirley blogs: Who the heck is Paul Shirley? Iowa State 2001, career NBA scoring high is 6 points, averaged 10 points and 6.9 rebounds his senior year in college. But he can write.

posted by Bryant to basketball at 08:42 AM - 12 comments

This is great stuff, but he's making a lot of enemies: Saying the Hawks are a bad basketball team is like saying that living in Beirut would be exciting—true, but not really the whole story. The Hawks are really, really bad. Such a collection of mismatched players has rarely been foisted upon the NBA in recent years, methinks. It is almost as if someone picked the group completely at random. There were balls being bounced off teammates’ faces, passes thrown to no one in particular and, in general, very little coherent basketball at all. At one point, the Hawks actually entered an airball as their shot of choice on three straight possessions. ...Tom Gugliotta has the worst tattoo in the NBA. The barbed wire on the bicep is bad enough to put him in the running; the fact that it is the dreaded “I thought I could get away with not having it complete the circumference of my arm” type puts him over the top. It is like wearing a tie that is not only ugly, but is a clip-on to boot. Ugly is at least forgivable; the clip-on aspect makes it reprehensible.

posted by dusted at 11:21 AM on March 25, 2005

Yeah, half the NBA is gonna hate him before he's done. On the other hand, that probably won't get in the way of his inevitable career as an insurance/car salesman once the ten day contracts stop coming.

posted by Bryant at 12:03 PM on March 25, 2005

I knew (of) Paul when he was at ISU. He was on a full Academic (not Athletic) scholarship and managed to get a Mechanical Engineering degree (and I think maybe his MBA), so I'm not sure if he has the skills to be an insurance/car salesman. I'm guessing he can find something else to do to make a few bucks once his NBA days are done.

posted by BradBehleISU at 12:21 PM on March 25, 2005

That's impressive. I seriously doubt many scholar-athletes make it to the NBA. Even playing in Russia sounds a lot more interesting than sitting in an office (insurance, sales, engineer, whatever). Of course, as he says many times, he hasn't really been playing: (I use the term loosely; play for/cheer for—same thing)

posted by dusted at 01:08 PM on March 25, 2005

that's great stuff. he has humility and inside access to give a glimpse into what his life must be like and what the NBA is like.

posted by gspm at 02:45 PM on March 25, 2005

I sense a future book out of all this. It's an interesting look at a (semi-) pro player's life in the NBA, from the perspective of a never-will-be. It's much better than the bland journals that all the stars put out.

posted by Bonkers at 09:05 PM on March 25, 2005

Yeah, it catches my eye a little more than some of the other NBA blogs. Such as Urkel - why haven't you blogged anything since January?

posted by gspm at 10:37 AM on March 26, 2005

1. Dwyane (it kills me to have to right down a blatant typographical error on purpose) Wade is really good. Is "right" a deliberate joke on having to write Dwyane?

posted by liam at 12:38 PM on March 26, 2005

Prolly not -- it's been fixed already.

posted by Bryant at 05:29 PM on March 26, 2005

So, where is the problem? I am 27, have no children, no wife, and no serious girlfriend and, while I am no male model, am not going to make anyone’s All-Ugly Team anytime soon. (Incidentally, my version of this year’s team has two members from Minnesota, one from the Milwaukee Bucks, one from the Warriors and one from the Portland Trail Blazers. In the interest of not getting the [crap] kicked out of me, should I actually play in a game against one of these teams, I will keep the exact identities to myself.) I wonder who's on the team.. I'm sure Sam Cassell's in there, but that's about it for me.

posted by blarp at 05:02 PM on March 28, 2005

Cassell is in the All-Ugly Pantheon. He should have his number retired, so other less-hideous looking people can have a chance to make the team. Here's my guess at Shirley's team:

Sam Cassell

Trenton Hassell

Adonal Foyle

Calvin Booth

Ha Seung-Jin

posted by dusted at 05:52 PM on March 28, 2005

I think I'm going to have nightmares tonight from looking at these domes. The horror... the horror... [wav]

posted by dusted at 12:28 AM on March 29, 2005

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