10 NBA Players Who Have the Most to be Thankful for This Thanksgiving

By: 11.24.11  •  7 Comments
Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose (photo. adidas)

Today is a day where we are supposed to reflect and give thanks for the many gifts in our lives. No matter how bad things may seem, there is always something to be thankful for. The basketball world, despite the rotten situation created by the NBA Lockout, is no different.

NBA players are without a paycheck (we know, we know), their side of the Lockout fight is disorganized, they are disjointed in their beliefs, and they are inevitably going to get severely worked over by the owners when this thing is finally ironed out. But for some NBA players, the Lockout has been a blessing in disguise.

Here are the 10 NBA Players who Have the Most to Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving:

Dirk Nowitzki

1. Dirk Nowitzki – This one may be obvious, but it needs to be included. Dirk beat back all his detractors last season, John Elway-ing his way to a title, a Finals MVP and the role of the Chosen One dispatching with the Dark Side. The man may grow old but his game never will and while a lockout has taken away his opportunity to defend his title, we all know the focus would’ve shifted to South Beach, Oklahoma City and Chicago anyways. But now, he gets to hold the throne for a little longer.

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Kobe Bryant

2. Kobe Bryant – We would’ve guessed that given enough time off with a lockout, adding in a disgusting season-ending loss, Bryant would’ve filmed “The Day I Roasted Andrew Bynum, Part II” at some point. He never did. He really doesn’t have to do anything anymore – he’s the true king of the NBA right now, he has the rings, the scoring records and he’s making more money than any current player can ever hope to make again. Down the road, his legacy might’ve taken a hit, but right now Kobe isn’t doing anything but living for the moment.

Plus, the longer this work stoppage goes, the less wear and tear on Kobe’s joints and the less miles racked up on his legs. We know he’s working out like a beast somewhere as we write this, but it’s not the same as the NBA season. This absolutely works in Kobe’s favor.

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