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Brooklyn Nets wing Garrett Temple

NBA Life During the Quarantine

The NBA has not played a game since March 11. There are reports that teams may be able to open their training facilities as early as May 8 and, possibly, resume the 2019-20 season. 

Until that time, it’s more of the same for NBA players in quarantine. Here’s how a few have made the most of their time at home.

Legal Temple

Brooklyn Nets wing Garrett Temple has always had a plan for life after basketball. Temple, an LSU graduate, has played 10 years in the league and knows that someday his time will be up. That’s why he has kept busy working on an LSAT prep course. The LSAT is the Law School Admission Test.

Temple would like to become an attorney once his playing days end. His father, Collis, was the first black varsity basketball player in LSU history. He steered his son toward a career in law.

Si, Senor

Before John Collins went to Wake Forest, he had taken Spanish classes in high school. In college, he continued taking courses in the language. Now, the Atlanta Hawks big man is immersed in mastering Spanish via Rosetta Stone. It’s a good thing. His mother is part Puerto Rican. 

DJ Drummond

Cleveland center Andre Drummond has joined the wave of DJs spinning tunes via social media during the quarantine. “Drummond Quarantine Radio” kicked off on April 20 from Drummond’s home in Miami.

So far, he has Ladies Night and a Talent Show Thursday featuring special guests like actor and comedian Michael Rappaport. Drummond is not new to the game. He has released an album under the name “DRUMMXND” and is planning to release a second.

7-Foot Closets

How do you build a closet for a 7-foot NBA center? Just ask Cody Zeller, who plays for the Charlotte Hornets. Zeller knew nothing about carpentry until a few YouTube videos helped him build the perfect closet for a 7-footer. 

Zeller’s brother, Tyler, also 7-feet tall, bought a home in Indiana. Cody has helped him remodel. He cut, sanded, painted, and installed his brother’s closet. 

Drive & Dish

No, Utah Jazz forward Georges Niang has not been working on his game, but he has been working on his podcast. “Drive & Dish” debuted March 31 with Niang talking about the quarantine with teammate Donovan Mitchell. He has tackled other topics such as the postponing of the Olympics and The Last Dance series about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

Rick Bouch