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Sunday, August 21, 2011
Retail therapy for West during lockout

By Chris Forsberg | @ESPNForsberg | Email

Brian Babineau/NBAE/GettyDelonte West is looking for work.
After Tweeting earlier this month that he was applying for a job at Home Depot during the NBA lockout, Delonte West said at Saturday’s Capital Punishment exhibition game that he wouldn't limit himself to the hardware store:

TRUEHOOP: WEST LOOKING FOR RETAIL JOB DURING LOCKOUT
Earlier this week, West tweeted that he was applying for a job at Home Depot, and the seven-year vet says that’s not the only retail job he’s looking into.

“I actually might have work with Sam’s [Club], BJ’s, selling knives,” West said. “That’s pretty cool too. I get a microphone and everything.”

West’s down-to-earth approach to lockout employment is also reflected in his attitude toward the summer league games, which he saw as a chance for NBA players to connect with the fan base.

“With the lockout going on, guys could be anywhere in the world vacationing, but they’re right here supporting the people," he said. "The people are going through a lockout just like we are. They make it a lot about us, but the average American is going through a lockout themselves.”

West said he hadn’t heard back yet on his “average American” job application, but he was looking forward to potential employee perks at Home Depot, should the lockout extend into the season.

“You gotta get with it, do something that you love,” he said. “I’m an architect, I was an art major. At Home Depot, I get free discount on hammers and nails.”