Thursday, August 12, 2010
Brandon Marshall plans to play in NBA
By Tim Graham
Brandon Marshall's plan to be an NBA shooting guard if there's a lockout next year sounds ridiculous.
But the Miami Dolphins probably aren't amused he's even toying with the idea.
Marshall told ESPN's Adam Schefter of his NBA intentions Thursday at Dolphins camp.
"My first team will be the Nuggets and my second team will be the Heat," Marshall told Schefter. "I'm serious."
While the Dolphins can do nothing to prevent Marshall from pursuing the NBA -- or playing in another football league in the event of a lockout -- Marshall would be foolish to try it.
If Marshall, who has had multiple hip surgeries, were to suffer an injury while playing basketball, then the Dolphins would have no liability when football resumed. A non-football injury potentially could force Marshall to reimburse the Dolphins money based on his guarantees.
The Dolphins invested two second-round draft choices to get Marshall and then signed him to a four-year, $47.5 million extension.
"There's not going to be any football," Marshall said. "If there's a lockout, I have to find a job. I figure the Nuggets will be a better choice because of the welcome home cheer I'll get -- a couple of boos at first. I'm gonna get with a basketball coach and get to work, prepare for the lockout."