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Saturday, August 14, 2010
Brandon Marshall really might jump to NBA?


Chutzpah? In spades. Common sense? Not an ounce. Citing his previous high school basketball experience -- plus the fact that he regularly attended Denver Nuggets games -- Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall said that if the NFL suffers a lockout next season, he'll simply take his talents to the NBA.

"My first team will be the Nuggets and my second team will be the [Miami] Heat," Marshall told ESPN's Adam Schefter. "I'm serious."

Brandon Marshall
Brandon Marshall is thinking of his future: the NBA.

Maybe so. Still, Marshall seems confused, if not downright delusional. For one, making a pro basketball roster is not as easy creating yourself with all 99 ratings in "NBA 2K"; more to the point, history shows that while great football players seldom light up the hardwood, mediocre basketball players often dominate the gridiron. Consider:

Tony Gonzalez

In basketball: Averaged 6.8 points and 4.8 rebounds as an undersized power forward for Cal.

In football: One of the best pass-catching tight ends in NFL history. Was named to the league's 2000s All-Decade Team and is a sure-fire future Pro Football Hall of Famer.

Antonio Gates

In basketball: Undersized power forward left mid-major Kent State as the school's sixth all-time leading scorer but was not considered NBA material.

In football: Despite not playing football since high school, was signed by San Diego Chargers as undrafted free agent; quickly became one of the NFL's top tight ends and later was named to league's 2000s All-Decade Team.

Julius Peppers

In basketball: Walk-on, undersized power forward -- detecting a pattern? -- for North Carolina averaged 7.1 ppg in second and final year of major college hoops.

In football: No. 2 overall pick in 2002 NFL Draft became league defensive rookie of the year, was named to five Pro Bowls and has amassed 81 sacks as a pass-rushing defensive end.

Charlie Ward

In football: Florida State quarterback won 1993 Heisman Trophy and was later elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

In basketball: Averaged 6.3 ppg and 4.0 apg during 10-year career as journeyman NBA point guard.

Terrell Owens

In football: Six-time Pro Bowl receiver; probable future Hall of Famer; reality television semi-star; children's author; driveway sit-up aficionado.

In basketball: Had undistinguished side career for a now-defunct USBL minor league basketball franchise. Also, this.