Top Five: Alternate jobs during NBA lockout

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,NBA,Scott Gleeson
With the NBA lockout causing many players to flock overseas, a number of others have found interesting alternatives stateside -- some to pass their time, others to build their futures.

5. Brandon Jennings » The Bucks guard always has been an innovator, opting to play overseas after high school instead of in college. Now he's working as an intern for Under Armour, attending meetings and offering insight to designers on apparel. His business card reads "The Curator of Cool."

4. Kevin Love » The NBA's leading rebounder took his talents to the beach to compete in the Manhattan Beach Open volleyball tournament. Considering his uncle was a member of the Beach Boys and Love was born in Santa Monica, Calif., it seemed fitting.

3. Baron Davis » With so many players leaving college early to pursue their NBA dreams, a diploma often gets left behind. Davis has returned to UCLA to earn his bachelor's degree in history. It shows his commitment off the court, something the Clippers claimed they didn't see before they shipped him to Cleveland.

2. Luke Walton » The Lakers forward, who had the guidance of his Hall of Fame father, Bill, growing up, former Arizona coach Lute Olson in college and Zen Master Phil Jackson in the pros, will trade in his sneakers for a clipboard in the fall, picking up an assistant coaching gig with the Memphis Tigers.

1. Kevin Durant »

The league's scoring champ made a huge splash to establish himself as a streetball juggernaut, pouring in 66 points at Rucker Park and 59 against a LeBron James-led squad in a charity game. He also had 44 points to help lead D.C.'s Goodman League over Los Angeles' Drew League.

- Scott Gleeson

sgleeson@washingtonexaminer.com

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