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Journal 46: My encounter with the dirtiest player ever

Originally Published: May 14, 2007
By Paul Shirley | Special to ESPN.com

The top Spanish basketball league, like most leagues in Europe, punishes cellar-dwelling by relegating to a lower division the two teams that finish at the bottom of the standings.

When I arrived in Menorca, my new team was in last place with eight games remaining. It is the fervent hope of everyone on the island that ViveMenorca will not be demoted -- so much so that old men sometimes approach me on the street and, while staring deeply into my eyes, beg me to play hard and restore glory ...

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