The best NBA lockout stories include professional basketball players taking on odd jobs to earn a buck, making a fool of themselves in front of adoring fans and of course some funny stuff along the way. Which is the best NBA lockout story of them all? We'll let you be the judge of that.
Starting on July 1, 2011, the players and the owners of the National Basketball Association bickered back and forth, negotiated and finally after 161 days came to an agreement on a labor deal. That period of the 2011 NBA lockout not only interrupted the start of the 2011-12 NBA season but also put hundreds of players out of work for those months.
However, the highly toned athletes and international superstars had little trouble finding things to do during that time. We could talk about the many players who played professional basketball overseas, perfected their game with the hopes of joining Team USA roster at the 2012 Olympics, the ones that spent time with their families or went back to school and finished degrees, but that's no fun.
The better stories are the ones where NBA stars attempted (and failed at) a new career as a stand-up comedian, like Ron Artest, or should we say Metta World Peace as the star also changed his name during the summer, or where the players perfected their planking resume like Orlando Magic teammates Gilbert Arenas and Dwight Howard did.
Going a step further, the juiciest stories have players getting arrested for marijuana possession near a Houston school, like Marcus Camby, or holding live pandas before miserably attempting some Chinese opera mask dance, like Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony.
Of course players did do some work during their time off, like Blake Griffin, who took an internship with the comedy franchise Funny or Die, and Delonte West, who applied for a $10/hour job at a furniture store.Whatever the unemployed professional basketball players did during the lockout, be it for fun, like when Kris Humphries got married, or not so much fun, like 72 days later when Kris Humphries got divorced, it's likely safe to say the players and owners are both happy that the NBA lockout is finally over.