Marshall says he ‘has got next’

Does Brandon Marshall have game?

The Dolphins receiver certainly thinks so.

There is no doubting Marshall’s prowess on of the football field, he is one of the best in the game at his position. But what if football was taken away?

As players ponder what to do in case of a work stoppage next year, Marshall has a totally realistic backup plan — he is going to play in the NBA. Not trying out for the D-league (which he would not make, either), but the NBA. As in National Basketball Association.

Marshall told ESPN that he will play in the NBA next season if the NFL players are locked out. He is following in the footsteps of Terrell Owens and Randy Moss, who both attempted to play professional basketball, although at a lower league, the USBL. Apparently, basketball is the preferred vocation of the troubled receiver.

“My first team will be the Nuggets and my second team will be the Heat — I’m serious,” Marshall said.

“There’s not going to be any football. 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.”

What was Marshall’s third option, having Bernie Madoff invest his money? CEO of British Petroleum?

Marshall sounds like one of those guys you typically see when you play pickup basketball. The guy who thinks he is good enough to play in the NBA, but cannot dribble with his off-hand, blows layups and often cherry picks. And if I had to venture a guess, he looks like the kind of guy who does not play defense in pickup games, either. But that’s just a guess.

So maybe he would fit in with the Clippers.

But somebody also might want to clue Marshall into the fact that the NBA is facing a labor dispute of its own. So, you have to ask, can Marshall hit a curve ball?

Adam Rank

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