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The NBA lockout began July 1 and lasted 161 days before players and owners finally ratified a new labor deal Dec. 8. But before they got back to work, the players found a variety of outlets to take up their time. Here is a sampling.
Fighting the owners
At least one player worked hard during the lockout. Derek Fisher, president of the National Basketball Players Association, was heavily involved in labor talks before the union decided to disband and take the owners to court. The Los Angeles Lakers veteran guard and five-time NBA champion was the calm but frustrated voice of the players throughout the process. Photo: Michael Cohen/Half Length / Getty Images North America
New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams is one of many NBA players who signed contracts with professional teams abroad. He scored 11 points in his debut for Besiktas, which plays in the Turkish Basketball League. Williams has a clause allowing him to return to the NBA once the lockout ends, though that isn't an option for those who signed contracts with Chinese teams.
Walking the plank
What happens when two goofball teammates have to figure out a way to entertain themselves? Plank warfare! Orlando Magic stars Dwight Howard and Gilbert Arenas have been tweeting pictures of themselves "planking", a trend which involves lying face down in unusual places. See for yourself.
At the age of 36, Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash needs to save his strength for the season, whenever it begins. But that's not the premise of a series of commercials in which he plays the role of Power Smart Team leader, a detective on the prowl for energy wasters he can bust. Pretty funny stuff.
A new Love?
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, who led the NBA in rebounding last season, is trying a different sport: beach volleyball. He competed in the Manhattan Beach Open on Aug. 25, losing to the top-seeded team in straight sets.
Blazin' a trail
Portland center Marcus Camby was arrested in Houston and charged with possession of marijuana. Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley faces a similar charge. C'mon, what do you expect NBA players to do during a lockout?
Yukking it up
Blake Griffin loves comedy almost as much as he loves dunking. He's interning for Funny or Die, the comedy website co-founded by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay in Los Angeles. He will help write, shoot, edit and act in several videos for the site.
Call him Coach
Luke Walton has found a way to stay involved with basketball during the lockout. The Los Angeles Lakers forward took an assistant coaching position with the Memphis Tigers under coach Josh Pastner. His deal with the Tigers will end when the lockout is settled.
Back to school
Most NBA players turn pro before getting their college diplomas. Now quite a few are taking courses and earning credits toward a degree. Baron Davis is back at UCLA after a 12-year absence from college along with other former Bruins Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook, Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute. .
Seeing the world
Who says NBA players don't travel? Many went to China this summer on promotional tours, including Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Kevin Durant. Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul (pictured) played some ball in Beijing during a Nike event and even took part in a Chinese opera mask dance.
Getting his kicks
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant stands to lose a lot if the lockout wipes out the season. In the meantime, he's weighing overseas offers and even indulging his passion for soccer. And in that sport, too, the man has skills.
Get a real job!
Is he broke? Is he kidding? Who knows? Veteran guard Delonte West tweeted that he started a new job at Regency Furniture. He included a pic of his job application with an interesting explanation for his criminal record.
Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce spent some time in Las Vegas this July playing the World Series of Poker (find out more). He outlasted more than half the field, making it deep into the second day, before going all-in with a losing hand of pocket deuces.