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Kids talk lockout: 'Why can't they play?'

One intrepid writer tries to explain the lockout to a fourth-grade class. Think it worked?

Originally Published: November 8, 2011
By Scoop Jackson | ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- "Who likes basketball?"

All hands in the air. Little hands. Fourth-grade hands. Love-of-the-game hands. It's all they know.

If you think explaining the current NBA lockout to adults is difficult, try walking into a class of fourth-graders the week the season is supposed to start and explaining to them why there are no games being played, why there is no basketball on their television sets and -- maybe most importantly -- why they can't "stay up late with my father ...

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