Players gear up for rookie show during NBA lockout
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Perhaps it is fitting that Thursday's exhibition game between many of the top NBA rookies is being played on a college campus.
Players from former Brigham Young star Jimmer Fredette to UCLA standout Malcolm Lee say they're still living the college life, what with no NBA paychecks because of an NBA lockout.
Of course some are luckier than others.
Former UConn star Kemba Walker showed up for Wednesday's practice at BYU's Marriott Center wearing his Under Armour gear.
Fredette drove there in his Hyundai Genesis, a loaner car from a local dealership, and was trying out a pair of shiny white Spaulding basketball shoes.
All were excited for Jimmer's All-Star game as it represented a chance for some real competition in a summer where they've had to find their own.