Jeez…What to Do?
With the dark cloud of the NBA Lockout overhead, I’ve collected a handful of examples, whether productive or not, to one of the most commonly asked question: So what are the players doing during the Lockout?
Option One: Take Active Steps Towards Solving the Problem
i.e. Derek Fisher
This veteran point-guard has taken the bull by the horns in dealing with the Lockout. Derek Fisher has taken his veteran-know-how to the negotiation room as president of the NBA Player’s Association Executive Committee. Along with his first Vice President, Keyon Dooling, Fisher works directly with NBA commissioner Howard Stern and the league owners in settling the conflict. Other players that work alongside Fisher and Dooling include Matt Bonner, James Jones, Chris Pau, Roger Mason, Maurice Evans, Theo Ratliff and Ethan Thomas.
Option Two: Play Overseas
i.e. Thabo Sefolosha
While men in expensive suits bicker in the big apple, the Oklahoma City defensive specialist is shaking hands in Istanbul and putting the finishing touches to his contract with the Turkish EuroLeague team Fenerbache Ulker. Sefolosha, who is originally from Switzerland, plans to play in Europe until the Lockout is cracked. Other players are taking this time to go play back in their native countries. These players include Leandro Barbosa(Brasil), Andre Kirelinko(Russia),Danillo Gallinari(Italy),Rudy Fernandez(Spain), and Tony Parker(France)
Option Three: Create a Whole Lot of Buzz about Playing Overseas
(Need I Say?) KOBE BRYANT!!!
The storylines surrounding Kobe this ‘offseason’ are about as numerous as his accolades: 5 time NBA champion, 2 time NBA Finals MVP, 13 time NBA All-Star…need I continue? The buzz went from Kobe signing a full contract to now, rumors of a single performance in his home country of Italy, where he would be cheered for and celebrated, and put on display for all of Italy to see. Whether he’ll sign a season-long contract or a one game agreement, the overused buzz that Kobe has created during this offseason shows how desperate the NBA reporters, journalists, and fans are to return to playing.
Option Four: Change Your Name
i.e. Ron Artest…Correction: Metta World Peace
Ron Artest has never failed to entertain the everyday NBA fan, whether it is means of fighting with fans, whacky post-game antics, or bizarre hairstyles but this time the 12 year veteran has gone too far. Artest’s legal name change to Metta World peace is quite interesting, given the fact that Metta is Buddhist for Love/Kindess and since we all remember the 2004 brawl in which Artest engaged in fights both with the opposing Pistons and with onlookers in the stands.
Option Five: Play Ball
i.e.Rajon Rondo, Mike Miller etc.
Whether its playing against semi-professionals for a good cause or its working out with your shooting coach at the local high-school, Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo and Heat three-point specialist Mike Miller, as well as most other players, are working on improving. Rajon Rondo has joined many other superstars such as Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Kevin Durant in an attempt to give basketball fans a chance to see their favorite players perform while also raising money for a good cause. Many charities across the nation are sponsoring charity-basketball games in which NBA players participating are common. On the other hand, regular players such as Mike Miller are using their extra time off to improve their game on the court. After an injury-stricken first season in Miami, Miller has dedicated his offseason to preparing for what will come next.
Working hard is actually the easy part; the hard part is knowing what actually will come next.
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