LockOut: Unemployed NBA Stars Now Want To Invade Hollywood
If you’ve been living under a rock then you probably haven’t heard that the current NBA season is in danger of being canceled, due to a financial dispute between the billionaire team owners and the millionaire basketball players
they own that play for them. For now, it looks like the lockout will only take out the pre-season (and who really needed that long ass pre-season anyway?) but that still leaves many super rich athletes, super unemployed (damn you economy!).
We know what you’re thinking “Om my god what are these multi-millionaires (get it, they’re rich!) who get paid a disgusting amount of money to play a game going to do!?!” That wasn’t what you were thinking? Damn, you heartless yo!
But seriously, the answer is Hollywood, They’re going to Hollywood. Amare Stoudemire, New York Knicks, is making the rounds out in tinsel town (do people still call it that?) pitching a half-hour scripted comedy (we’re guessing it’s going to be about basketball and uh..a lock out), Meanwhile, Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant is shooting “Switch” a body switch comedy where he plays himself opposite Brandon T. Jackson, a fan who “magically” gets his skills.
And a few others, like Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand and Cleveland Cavaliers Baron Davis, are just fronting production companies (which we can’t really be down on). Brand is president of Gibraltar Films, which produced Werner Herzog's 2007 drama Rescue Dawn and Davis co-founded Verso Entertainment, which produced 2008 documentary Crips and Bloods: Made in America.
So there you have it, since they can’t play basketball for living, these b-ball players (now we know people still say that!) are going to be Hollywood big-shots. That’s a good thing because we would hate to see these guys applying to food-stamps like so many many lazy none athletes.