NBA stars get creative in finding ways to play during lockout
What is this, "Semipro 2"?
If that's where this NBA lockout is headed, then book Brian Scalabrine as Jackie Moon now just in case Will Ferrell opts out. Or Brian Cardinal, or maybe even Spencer Hawes. Talk about comedy.
Days after the league announced the elimination of the first two weeks of the regular season, the player-driven talk of possible Plan Bs is growing louder and seemingly more sincere. And while we won't know for some time how seriously to take any of these possible endeavors, they're worth tracking if only because Plan A (otherwise known as the No Basketball Association) isn't looking so good these days.
• In keeping with Nike's, lockout-inspired "Basketball Never Stops" slogan, player reps Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony have been telling media that they are
A Nike official I spoke with said this idea has not, as Anthony alluded, been discussed at length just yet.
• While the actual formation of another league would be, um, challenging, a source says there is a more manageable idea being tossed around. In a strong statement to the league's fans who are paying such a steep price for all this, players would organize unofficial versions of the games that are being lost in early November.
Players would join their respective NBA teams in full and play in non-NBA venues in the city in which they were originally scheduled. So maybe there's hope for an opening night of Bulls at Mavericks, Rockets at Jazz and Thunder at the Lakers on Nov. 1 after all.
• Kings small forward Donte Greene is well on his way to organizing a game in Sacramento,
• There's a