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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