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Nate Robinson Considers Playing Football During NBA Lockout

The NFL and NBA lockouts are taking a toll on the fans, but has also affected the players themselves, forcing them to consider other options to earn an income. Like any other work-stoppage, the employees aren't getting paid, aren't able to show up to work and have their hands tied, more or less, during the labor negotiations. It's left some, including Nate Robinson, searching for alternative activities to stay busy and earn a side income.

Robinson told SLAM he'd consider playing football during the lockout, a move similar to what Chad Ochocinco did when he ended up with MLS club Sporting Kansas City

"I might go play football," Robinson told SLAM on the phone. "Do something that nobody’s tried to do."

"If I can, I would love to play football a little bit," says Robinson less than half-jokingly. "I’ve been doing a little bit of training."

Don't laugh. Despite his diminutive size, Robinson can play. He excelled on the field at Rainier Beach and also spent time playing at Washington before giving up football to focus on basketball. He's got the speed, agility and ability to make people miss on the field, and his skill-set would transfer nicely to football.

Could he pull it off? I don't see any reason why not, if it ever came to pass. Then again, the NFL is in the midst of a lockout itself, and Robinson would have to shake the rust that comes with not playing competitive football for a significant amount of time.