Matt Terl
Sunday November 20th, 2011

With the NBA lockout becoming tied up in union disclaimings and lawsuits, the players have plenty of time on their hands. Which probably explains why some of the league's biggest stars are in Eugene, Ore., for the Oregon/USC game Saturday night.  Based on Twitter reports and photographs, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, and LeBron James were all on the sideline for the pregame festivities.

It's probably not coincidental that Nike owner has strong ties (and a luxury suite) with Oregon and that all four of the players are part of Nike's Team Jordan branding campaign.

This sideline picture was tweeted by Oregonian assistant sports editor Seth Prince, who also points out that the presence of the athletes is likely a tremendous recruiting asset for Oregon:

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