We’re 12 days in to the lockout, which really isn’t that many, but still enough that people know things are serious. I guess. I mean, why else would they be choosing to play in Turkey? Exactly.
And while playing in Turkey reigned supreme for a few days, it appears that we have a new lockout plan that will take the crown as Most Ludicrous Way to Stay in Shape While Still Getting Pizaid. From SLAM:
“I might go play football,” Robinson told SLAM on the phone. “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.”
Though the NFL’s own lockout isn’t quite over, Robinson, who has a year remaining on his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder, believes that he’d have no trouble finding his way into some team’s training camp.
“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.”
Well, first of all, Nate Robinson is obviously not going to play in the NFL. Sure, if there were an NBA player who could do it, Nate would be near the top of the list because he played in college, he has a tiny football player’s build and he’s just enough on the fringes of basketball that you could believe that he’d try it. But no. Despite those sterling qualifications, he’s not going to do it. He’s right about the publicity angle, but no. It is a nice thought though.
Second of all, isn’t the NFL in the middle of its own lockout? Yes, they are. What about that?
In the odd case that the NFL lockout wipes out the entire 2011-12 season, Robinson does have a more run of the mill backup plan.
“If their lockout (the NFL) goes the whole season, then I’m gonna go play basketball overseas.”
Now that is a believable plan. Nate Robinson is the exact kind of player you can see leaving the NBA for an overseas gig. Much like when Josh Childress went to Greece, Nate’s got just enough name recognition that he’d be a “good get” for some team hoping to make a splash, plus he wouldn’t really be missed that much by the NBA. We would miss him because we love his wacky antics, but coaches don’t love those quite as much as we do. Nate Robinson playing basketball overseas wouldn’t surprise me a bit.
But let’s just be thankful that Nate specified it’d be basketball that he’s playing overseas, because NFL Europe closed its doors in 2007 and it would be super awkward if Nate spent days trying to find the Rhein Fire practice field.