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Friday, August 13, 2010
Brandon Marshall's Hoop Dreams

By Kevin Arnovitz

Wide receiver opens his mouth. World reacts.

That formula played out on Thursday when the Miami Dolphins' Brandon Marshall told ESPN.com's Adam Schefter that he has every intention of pursuing a job in the NBA if the NFL sees a work stoppage in 2011:
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.

The Pro Bowl wideout played basketball at Lake Howell High School in Florida and frequently attended NBA games in Denver.

Marshall, who signed a four-year, $47.5 million contract extension after being traded from Denver to Miami in April, didn't expect to be playing football at this time next year.

"There's not going to be any football," Marshall predicted. "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."

Since I've never seen Marshall play football -- much less basketball -- it was hard to know how to measure Marshall's comments against my general skepticism of NFL wide receivers as truth-tellers. Maybe Marshall is right, but the only way to find out is to speak to someone who has some knowledge of his game.

This morning, I reached out to Steve Kohn, the head basketball coach at Lake Howell, to get a better feel of Marshall's game. Marshall played basketball as a junior and senior for Kohn in 2001 and 2002.