Barring a miraculous federal mediator solving the NBA’s problems in a matter of days, the NBA lockout will continue.It’s been four months. We’re past the 100-day mark.
The looonnnnggg break means one thing for NBA players (other than lighter pockets) – a lot of free time.
So how are they spending it?
Everyone’s finding unique ways to keep in basketball shape. But many are also trying out their acting chops. Some are working on their rap game. And others have actually taken up internships.
Derrick Rose and Kobe Bryant have already barnstormed the world...together.
Scores of other players have signed or are in the process of signing contracts with foreign teams, including names like Deron Williams, with Turkey's Besiktas.
And Bryant continues to be in an on-again, off-again discussion to play in Italy.
For those unwilling to leave the country, rec leagues and playgrounds proved just fine.
Kevin Durant became a Youtube sensation, again, with this 66-point performance at Rucker Park. For one night, he really was THE BEST!
LeBron James miraculously found fans outside Miami with his Drew League performance. Maybe he should stick to this no-headband thing. That, or the not playing against Dirk thing.
Even guys like John Lucas III, George Hill and Gary Forbes (13 3-pointers, 78 points!) stunned Summer patrons.
And then there are those players stepping away from the court.
Like 6-11 centre, Nene. The Brazilian native is going back to his roots, trading in kicks for cleats.
I hear Nene features a heck of a header. He makes Oguchi Onyewu look small.
Andre Iguodala learned how to better take care of his money by spending time at Merrill Lynch.
Brandon Jennings received the official title of 'Curator of Cool' in an internship at Under Armour. Although I'm not sure you can call his time at UA an 'internship' if he's already getting paid money to endorse the company's products.
Meanwhile Blake Griffin has starred in multiple hilarious videos while working with the people from Funny Or Die.
Why own one chicken wings restaurant when you can own four?
Gooden signed a multi-franchise agreement with Wingstop, the hot wings restaurant chain. He plans to open four locations in Orlando over the next few years.
The Lakers guard is in double duty, acting as the president of the NBA players' union. When he's not spending every night and every day figuring out a solution to the lockout, he's orchestrating Twitter campaigns to illustrate player unity.
Durant's been everywhere this offseason.
In addition to lighting up playgrounds everywhere, he produced a series of short documentaries, the '35th Hour'; starred in a movie, 'Switch;' and found time to rap at a party with teammate, Russell Westbrook.
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