It has been 11 days since the NBA’s team owners voted unanimously to lock out the league’s players while a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is negotiated, but that hasn’t stopped the players from moving on with their lives, professionally and personally. As we’ve already pointed out, stars like Kobe Bryant and Deron Williams are already making plans to play elsewhere, while plenty of younger role players are also weighing their European options.
Now sold on Europe as well, Ron Artest, AKA Metta World Peace, told LA Times finger-painter Bill Plaschke that he will play in London if the lockout affects the upcoming season. Additionally, Kevin Durant’s agent claims that the NBA scoring leader is strongly considering playing overseas if the option is there.
“If the opportunity presents itself and the lockout persists, he’s going to have to consider it just as other players are considering it,” Goodwin said, SI reports. “Kevin has shown some interest to know what the situation is and we’ll reach out to the players’ association and make sure that they’re aligned with the guys in case they do take an offer. But I think what you’re going to see happening is a lot of players are going to look at the opportunity if the lockout prolongs that they can go somewhere and play basketball.” (Via Yahoo!)
Translation: “Pay my guy and he’ll go half-ass it for your team.”
Meanwhile, after Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade Tweeted for some job opportunities, his old stomping ground of KFC is calling. The fast food chain has offered $250,000 to a charity of Wade’s choice if he mans a drive-thru window for one day like he did as a teenager. Speaking of $250,000, that’s what Wade’s teammate Chris Bosh just spent on food alone for his surprise wedding on July 16. Why is the wedding that people already know about a surprise, you ask? Because Bosh actually got married three months ago, then had his Las Vegas bachelor party and is now having a lavish South Beach vow renewal for all his friends.
And as you can see after the jump, Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard is continuing his “war” with the league’s owners and their lawyers to make sure that the players get what they deserve and the fans aren’t robbed of their season. Haha, just kidding, he’s in a planking war with Gilbert Arenas.