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10 NBA Players Who Have the Most to be Thankful for This Thanksgiving

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose (photo. adidas)

Today is a day where we are supposed to reflect and give thanks for the many gifts in our lives. No matter how bad things may seem, there is always something to be thankful for. The basketball world, despite the rotten situation created by the NBA Lockout, is no different.

NBA players are without a paycheck (we know, we know), their side of the Lockout fight is disorganized, they are disjointed in their beliefs, and they are inevitably going to get severely worked over by the owners when this thing is finally ironed out. But for some NBA players, the Lockout has been a blessing in disguise.

Here are the 10 NBA Players who Have the Most to Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving:

Dirk Nowitzki

1. Dirk Nowitzki – This one may be obvious, but it needs to be included. Dirk beat back all his detractors last season, John Elway-ing his way to a title, a Finals MVP and the role of the Chosen One dispatching with the Dark Side. The man may grow old but his game never will and while a lockout has taken away his opportunity to defend his title, we all know the focus would’ve shifted to South Beach, Oklahoma City and Chicago anyways. But now, he gets to hold the throne for a little longer.

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  • http://www.zwani.com/graphics/funny_pictures/images/88funny-pictures128.jpg JAY

    Funny, a few weeks ago I was thinking the same thing about Oden. Let’s hope he’s using the extra time to get that big body in elite level shape. Not just good shape, he needs to be in the best shape of his life.

  • Rainman

    i heard not long ago that Oden had just begun running, by the sounds of things he still probably wont be in the thick of things by January, at the earliest.

  • J

    The lockout could be the worst thing. He does not have nba trainers to help him rehab,which could significantly hurt his heeling process. Look at the slew of nfl injuries this year caused by the lockout and players not having access to team facilities and their trainers. They were not able to rehab properly and ended up hurt again. Main example, Chris cooley

  • http://www.zwani.com/graphics/funny_pictures/images/88funny-pictures128.jpg JAY

    ^
    There are a ton of elite level non-NBA trainers in the world. Boxer trainers, football trainers, etc.

    And is there any rule that says players can’t personally hire NBA trainers? I’m pretty sure they can workout with whomever they chose. Nobody is getting paid by the NBA. Not the players, not the trainers, not the team doctors… nobody. Do the owners have a right to stop a trainer from getting paid as a personal trainer?? I don’t know for sure but I doubt it. That’s their livelihood.

    If I were an owner, and found out that one of my players who has history of injuries was working with a trainer on my payroll I wouldn’t stop it. That’s ridiculous. You’d want that player to get healthy even if there’s a lockout in place.

  • Sam

    How exactly did Javale McGee raise his profile? I’d be surprised if any casual basketball fan outside of DC has ever heard of him.

  • Phileus

    Aw man, seeing that Odom pic on the last slide made me feel a little bit sad inside.

    I really hope he’ll be a regular in the NBA someday, even if it’s just in a Shaun Livingston-like way.

  • TheLoveFamily1

    Im a League Pass beast…