Help us with temporary jobs for NBA players

Mon, Oct 31

It's bound to happen soon.

You will pull up to the stop light, look to your left and there will be an unusually tall young man standing on the corner with a forlorn look and a sign that reads: "Will Dunk for Food."

Yes, all the NBA players are missing paychecks now. And contrary to what we may think, not all are financially secure. As Latrell Sprewell once explained to us, a $21 million contract was not enough because he had to feed his family. (Turns out that Latrell may not have been kidding because he went on to lose his $1.5 million yacht and his $5.4 million home despite career earnings of $96 million on the court.)

So NBA players may need temporary work. You know, something to tide them over until commissioner David Stern blinks. And that could take some time.

This is where you can help. Our reader-generated list for this week is "Top 10 Temporary Jobs for NBA Players." You can submit a job that any NBA player could fill or list a job for a specific player. For example, how can LeBron James pick up lunch money during these trying times?

The drill is unchanged. Give us as many ideas as you like, sending to -- along with your first name, initial of your last name and your location. Your deadline is noon Wednesday, and the list will appear here Thursday. Hey, perhaps Mr. Stern will want to play. He probably has suggestions.

Don't know if it will be inspirational but we all should remember the wise advice of America's greatest philosopher, Homer Simpson, who said: "If you really want something in life you have to work for it. Now quiet, they're about to announce the lottery numbers."

Homer also said: "Lisa, if you don't like your job you don't strike. You just go in every day and do it really half-(bleeped). That's the American way."

Actually, that probably won't help.