Dolphins' Brandon Marshall wants to play NBA basketball, is serious

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bmarshall_dolphins.jpgWell, this is interesting. According to’s Adam Schefeter, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall plans to play NBA basketball if there is an NFL lockout next season:

 Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall said Thursday that if NFL teams lock out the players next year, he will try out for the NBA.
Marshall said he plans to audition for either the Denver Nuggets or the Miami Heat.
“My first team will be the Nuggets and my second team will be the Heat — I’m serious,” Marshall said.
Asked to clarify whether he will pursue a basketball career if there is no NFL season in 2011, Marshall said: “Not pursuing — I’m going to be on an NBA team. Seriously.”
Marshall said he was good enough to play shooting guard professionally.

If Marshall doesn’t end up with an NBA job, it evidently won’t be because of a lack of self-confidence. Some NBA players do have football backgrounds, although it’s generally the smaller players that find basketball is better suited to their talents — Allen Iverson was the quarterback of his state champion high school team, and Nate Robinson was a cornerback for the Washington Huskies. LeBron James was an all-state wide receiver for St. Vincent/St. Mary’s, although he didn’t play football during his senior season. 

Marshall is 6-4, and players his size have generally had more success going from basketball to football — Antonio Gates was a basketball player before he started his football career, Tony Gonzalez played basketball for Berkeley, Teyo Johnson played both football and basketball for Stanford, and Julius Peppers was a walk-on and a key reserve for the UNC Tar Heels.
In general, athletes as tall as Marshall are either straight-line fast, bulky, and strong enough to play NFL football or quick, lanky, and coordinated enough to play NBA basketball, but not both. However, there are exceptions to every rule, and Marshall clearly believes he is one. 
Of course, the irony in all of this is that there’s a very good chance the NBA will have a lockout to start the 2011 season, which makes Marshall’s plan somewhat flawed — maybe Marshall should start working on controlling his breaking pitches and having his agent find out which MLB teams might need a middle reliever. 

C.J. McCollum ejected for flagrantly fouling Gordon Hayward (video)

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I’m not sure C.J. McCollum meant to grab Gordon Hayward‘s neck. The 6-foot-8 Hayward elevated, and the 6-foot-4 McCollum just might not have been able to get high enough to make a play on the ball.

But McCollum did grab Hayward’s neck.

It was a dangerous and unnecessary play, especially in the preseason.

Report: Mavericks may be team interested in Larry Sanders

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The Dallas Mavericks are looking for a center— desperately at times, they brought JaVale McGee into training camp to get a look. They will start Zaza Pachulia and behind him it’s probably Samuel Dalembert once he gets healthy.

Which is why Dallas may be the team interested in Larry Sanders — Mark Cuban is a guy known for giving second chances in the league. But there have been no talks, yet, reports Tim MacMahon at ESPN.

Larry Sanders has been out of the game since his buyout last February trying to deal with his personal demons and may well not be ready to return. He may never return.

His couple seasons with the Bucks were filled with drama and issues. There was the nightclub brawl left him with an injured thumb in need of a surgery. There were the charges of animal cruelty. There was a five-game drug suspension. There was missed time for personal reasons. There was the 10-game suspension for marijuana use (he failed at least four tests to get there) — then that suspension was extended past the 10 games. In the end, he agreed to a buyout to get space away from the game to deal with his personal issues.

He may or may not be ready to return from that. He may or may not ever be ready. But if he decides to give it a try, NBA teams will be waiting. Maybe Dallas.