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    Have any of you read Paul Shirley's book?

    Just checked out former Cyclone Paul Shirley's book, "Can I keep my Jersey?" 11 teams, 5 countries, and four years in my life as a basketball vagabond.

    Have any of you read it? Reviews please.



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    Re: Have any of you read Paul Shirley's book?

    I read it many years ago....and I really liked it. I'm afraid I can't remember what I liked about it, so this won't help much, but I remember it being enjoyable.



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    Re: Have any of you read Paul Shirley's book?

    I have wanted to read it since I've heard good things about it...apparently he's a better writer than a basketball player



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    Re: Have any of you read Paul Shirley's book?

    As a fellow tall guy, his May 7, 2005 blog post has always been one of my favorite things I've ever read.



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    Re: Have any of you read Paul Shirley's book?

    I bought and read it quite a while back and liked it. Definitely worth a read if you're an Iowa Stater, especially if you were around ISU in that era of hoops.


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    Re: Have any of you read Paul Shirley's book?

    I read it and enjoyed it a lot. His sense of humor is very sarcastic and cynical. He's also self-deprecating. In short, it lined up with me quite well.

    However, I can see it really rubbing people the wrong way. He's definitely not for everyone.



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    Re: Have any of you read Paul Shirley's book?

    Paul Shirley was interviewed on one of the ISU campus radio sports shows last spring and I thought it was really interesting, here is the link if you want to take a listen.



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    Re: Have any of you read Paul Shirley's book?

    good read if you are a Paul Shirley,basketball fan



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    Re: Have any of you read Paul Shirley's book?

    I also read it when it first came out. He played when I was going to school at ISU. I really enjoyed the book and maybe it is because of his sarcasm and insights into ISU at the time. I think my favorite part was learning about the ins and outs of playing overseas. I'm glad that guys get the opportunity to play, like Scotty and many others, but it sounds crazy at times. I know a lot of people kill Shirley on here, but I thought it was a pretty good/easy read and still have it on my shelf today.



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    Re: Have any of you read Paul Shirley's book?

    I read it, also knew Paul in school. The whole book he basically goes off on how egotistical all the NBA players are and that they are self absorbed but I kept thinking through the whole book that he might have been the most egotistical and self absorbed of all of them. He also still holds a grudge against his ISU team and Larry all these years later and makes that clear once again as well.


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    Re: Have any of you read Paul Shirley's book?

    He and Andrew Skoglund were important to the team GPA. Two really smart guys who happened to be tall.



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    Re: Have any of you read Paul Shirley's book?

    Read it a couple of years ago. I recommend it.

    Among things that stood out, for me (summarizing): Shirley tells how he grew up with dreams of playing pro basketball, and here he is making it to that level, then it ends up being no more glamourous than trying to build a career at a "real job."

    It does get a little redundant and comes across as whiny at times. But he does poke a lot of fun at himself in journeyman role.



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