Times are tough for NBA players. The gentlemen of the association simply want to play the sport they love, yet the lockout stands in their way. Though the current work stoppage is far from an ideal situation, it also presents a unique opportunity for athletes to pursue ventures they may have otherwise overlooked.
In this week's photo, Karl Malone is shown living up to his nickname "The Mailman" by delivering basketballs to the residents of Salt Lake City. If this lockout must persist, let us hope that more players expand their horizons with new endeavors. Should the NBA fail to provide me with a 2011-2012 season, the very least I expect is a reality show featuring Chris "The Birdman" Andersen learning to tend pigeons or Brian "The Custodian" Cardinal struggling with the rigors of mopping hallways. Is that so much to ask?