Heâs been called a journeyman. Even Paul wouldnât dispute that classification. Regardless, Bill Simmons, ESPN.comâs âThe Sports Guy,â has said of Paul Shirley, âWe could finally have an answer to the question âWhat would it be like if one of our friends was an NBA player?âThereâs no denying that Paul Shirley is the closest thing pro basketballâs 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 Americaâs pro ball Siberia, the minor leagues. Hell, heâs 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, Shirleyâwhose writings have been described as âwildly entertainingâ by The Wall Street Journalâdrops hilarious commentary, revealing which teams have the best cheerleaders (heâs spent many a time-out watching them ply their trade), why Christ is rapidly becoming every teamâs âsixth man,â 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 teamâs charter jet to dashing to catch the van home from a B-league game in Tijuana, Shirley dishes on what itâs like to try to make it as a professional athlete. Can I Keep My Jersey? is a rollicking, thoughtful, even thought-provoking insiderâs look at a pro ballerâs life on the fringe. Like Jim Boutonâs Ball Four or John Feinsteinâs A Season on the Brink, Shirleyâs odyssey deserves to find a home on every sports fanâs bookshelf.From the Hardcover edition.