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Journal No. 6: An ode to Mark Pope

Updated: July 24, 2006, 1:20 AM ET
By Paul Shirley | Special to ESPN.com

People love to inquire of my post-basketball intentions.

Perhaps more than I, my interrogators know how quickly my life can change. It is rare that a professional athlete plays past the age of 40; more likely, those of us lucky enough to be given the opportunity to whore ourselves out to the highest bidder will produce careers much shorter.

I constantly maintain that I really have no idea (a) what I will do when my days of being a sports strumpet are over and, more important, (b) ...

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