Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Basketball Players Act Gayer Than You

(Not that there's anything wrong with that)

In Paul Shirley's post today at ESPN.com, he alludes to the fact that as a professional athlete, your work environment is inherently unlike any other profession. To those familiar to his off-the-court work, this echos most of what he discusses in his entertainingly cynical book, "Can I Keep My Jersey?: 11 Teams, 5 Countries, and 4 Years in My Life as a Basketball Vagabond."

Back to today's piece: Paul also notes the health problems athletes face, as well as the internal dilemmas they cause as they are forced to ponder their careers vs. their future physical well-being. He goes as far as to allude to the possibility of hanging up the high tops next season. If this were to happen, chances are NBA fans would be unaffected. However, fans of his literary career might very well be rewarded.

Case in point, this money quote:

"Playing basketball with other humans is closer to dating those humans than it is to simply working with them. For starters, there's lots of physical contact. Simplistic, I know. But imagine coming into work, stripping down to your skivvies, and then rubbing your groin against the back of someone's leg. Sounds a little personal, doesn't it? Well, that's what we learned basketball types call playing defense in the post."

Sir, please remove your junk from my hip. Thank you kindly.

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