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Nate Robinson Considering Playing Football During NBA Lockout

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Nate Robinson said in an interview published Monday that he’s considering playing football while the NBA lockout is ongoing. While many of his fellow basketball players are making plans to play overseas, be it Turkey, France, or even Finland (Finland!), Robinson may be the first one who’s serious about crossing over into another sport.

“I might go play football,” Robinson told SLAM. “Do something that nobody’s tried to do.”

“If I can, I would love to play football a little bit,” says Robinson less than half-jokingly. “I’ve been doing a little bit of training.”

Robinson did play cornerback for the Washington Huskies football team before deciding to focus exclusively on basketball in 2003. He’s fast and he has the pedigree (his father was a Huskies running back), but this may be more of an Ochocinco-like stunt.

“Why wouldn’t you want to have an NBA player that can play football try out? That’s a lot of publicity for your organization,” he explained.

A lot of publicity for an organization? Hmm, where have we seen that before.

There was a time when Robinson could have been a good college football player, but he gave it up and now it’s too late to think about playing pro football. What he really should worry about is finding a way to become a more valuable contributor to his basketball team. Since being traded by the Knicks, he’s hardly had an impact on his new clubs. But if he is serious about playing football, maybe he and World Metta Peace can form their own league.

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Shaq Reportedly Will Join Turner as NBA Commentator

Fresh from the “We never saw this coming” department is the report that Shaq will join Turner as an NBA commentator. CNBC’s Darren Rovell wrote Saturday that the surefire Hall of Fame center has agreed in principle to join Turner not ESPN, which means we will likely see him on TNT’s Inside the NBA show in the future.

There are very few professional athletes who crave attention more than Shaquille O’Neal, with maybe Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens ranking slightly ahead. Shaq will do anything from dressing up like a girl to talking about fighting in MMA, to announcing his retirement with a twitter video to gain attention. There was no way we would have been able to avoid him in retirement, but I was optimistic we’d see less of him. Guess I was wrong.

Not sure what’s responsible for my disdain for Shaq? Read this list.

Now you’re telling me we have middle fingers and sombrero wearing from Shaq and Charles Barkley to look forward to the next five years? Oh joy.

Lakers Are Andrew Bynum’s Team Now?

The Lakers are a team in transition. From the moment they got swept by the Mavericks in the playoffs, throwing punches on their way out, you knew change was coming. Phil Jackson was walking away at the end of the season so the team would need a new coach. They selected Mike Brown, a defensive specialist, without consulting Kobe Bryant. We have said that the Lakers are still a championship team and that they just need a few pieces to get back to the Finals. Apparently there is a different mentality on the inside.

Veteran Lakers reporter Roland Lazenby wrote on HoopsHype.com that the Lakers have become Andrew Bynum’s team. Even though it was fairly easy to see that Bynum was becoming a key component of the franchise, it’s still a pretty shocking thing to read, especially for a team that still has Kobe Bryant.

Lazenby writes about the Lakers “The message is clear: Brown is Bynum’s coach, and the team belongs to the young center as well.”

“It’s obvious that that is what’s going on,” said one longtime Lakers insider. “Jim Buss is setting up Drew.”

As I said, we’ve realized that things were moving in this direction. However, it’s still shocking to read that this transition is happening earlier than expected.

If anyone will be resisting this movement (besides half the fans in LA), you know it’s Kobe Bryant. As recently as May he was quoted as saying he’s still the top priority in the Lakers’ offense and that Bynum will have to fall in line.

The Lakers may still compete for championships the next two seasons, but you better believe there will be a conflict over who really controls the team. If there’s anything the past has taught us, it’s that we shouldn’t expect Kobe and his ego to back out.

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Yao Ming Retires, Ends Unfortunate Career with Rockets

Unless it turns out that Shaq’s retirement was nothing more than a marketing scheme and he returns for another season, the NBA will have lost two of it’s biggest (literally) players in one offseason.  On Friday, it was reported that Yao Ming would be retiring after nine NBA seasons.

In his first three seasons in the NBA, Yao never played less than 80 games.  It looked as though the 7’6″ center would become one of the most dominant players in the NBA.  There were times when he was an unstoppable force and one of the best game-changers in the league.  From 2005-2008, injuries resulted in Yao never being able to play more than 57 games in a season.  A couple years ago we wondered if the big man might be too large to enjoy a long career, and it turns out we were right.

Yao’s career stats are good — 19 points, 9.2 rebounds per game — but in the end it was clear that he would never be healthy enough to be the same player he was four years ago.  However, there is no denying Yao will go down as a huge contributor to the globalization of the game of basketball.  The supersized center made the NBA popular in China and made basketball as relevant as it can be overseas. 

His career will likely go down as a disappointment in the sense that he could have been a great player if healthy, but I think we can all agree Ming’s contributions were hardly limited to the court.

Big Shocker! Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries Trying to Get a Reality Show

In a move Stevie Wonder could have seen coming, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries are trying to get a reality show picked up. Keep in mind, this show would be in addition to Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Here are the details from Hollywood Life via The Basketball Jones:

“Kim and Kris have been filming different parts of their lives, including wedding prep, but their show hinges on Kris’s contract negotiations,” an insider close to the production tells us. “Currently he’s a free agent, but it all depends on what teams he ends up with and their rules for their players and outside commitments.”

Our source adds, “If he is given time and the okay, he and Kim will do their own show. But if his other obligations force him to not film as much, then they will just put all the stuff they’ve shot toward Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”

If the issue of time commitments sound familiar, it’s because those were the same problems Lamar Odom faced. Remember when he wanted to quit his reality show three days after they began filming? Now the easy answer is that Humphries is a bench warmer anyhow, so a reality show won’t really cut into his job as a basketball player.

Michael Beasley Sacked by the LBS Nut Bag for Speeding, Weed Possession

If there’s anything to be said about timing, Michael Beasley knew what he was doing when he was cited for possession of marijuana after being pulled over for speeding last week in Minnesota.  Officers found a little more than a half-ounce of weed in his car — grass he said belonged to a friend — and Beasley was cited and released.

While he is still more than worthy of being sacked by the LBS Nut Bag like his peers before him, Beasley picked a perfect time to get caught.  Since the NBA is currently amidst a lockout, there is no substance abuse policy in place as NBA spokesman Tim Frank pointed out to the Sun Sentinel on Thursday.  While the NFL has implied it will still punish players following the lockout for breaking league rules during the lockout, it is unclear whether or not they will legally be able to do so.  In other words, until the labor agreement is worked out professional athletes have no one to run from but the police.

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Jason Terry Takes Minor Jab at LeBron James’ Speech About the Little People

Jason Terry loves to talk and make bold predictions. He was shut down by LeBron James in the first few games of the NBA Finals and was called out by teammate Dirk Nowitzki. But he didn’t back down. Terry remained confident he would make an impact on the series. He was right.

Terry went off in Game 5 and Game 6 and helped close out the Heat. He earned the NBA title (unlike Dominique Jones) and the right to keep his Larry O’Brien Trophy tattoo. A month after outshining LeBron James in the Finals, he’s still tweaking the King with verbal jabs.

Speaking at the Reebok Breakout Challenge at Philadelphia University, Terry referenced LeBron’s comments after losing the Finals. “Well, my normal little life just got a little bigger, so I thank him for that,” Terry said, according to Zags Blog via Eye on Basketball.

Like I said, it’s just a minor jab, but it was intentional. The “normal little life” line is a reference to LeBron saying all the haters were going to have to wake up to their same lives after the Heat lost.

I’m not sure why Terry brought it up, but after beating the Heat I suppose he’s earned the ability to jab LeBron. He’s not going to win any sportsmanship awards anytime too soon, but he has the only title that really matters — the Larry O’Brien Trophy.