Well, this is interesting. According to ESPN.com’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.