Paul played nine years of professional basketball for teams in the NBA and Europe. He wrote about his travels in a book, “Can I Keep My Jersey?: 11 Teams, 5 Countries, and 4 Years In My Life As A Basketball Vagabond” and has since written about basketball and music for Esquire, Slate, ESPN.com, and The Wall Street Journal. You can follow him on Twitter or send him an email.
What does a professional athlete do when the cheering (or booing) stops? Paul Shirley, a former member of the Chicago Bulls, answers that question in the first of a monthly series of essays for ChicagoSide.