Brandon Marshall Wants To Play Pro Basketball: Why It Won't Work

Mihir Bhagat@mihirbhagatSenior Analyst IIIAugust 13, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 13:  Brandon Marshall #15 of the Denver Broncos runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Colts won 28-16.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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In an interview with ESPN's Adam Schefter, Miami Dolphins star wide receiver Brandon Marshall stated that if the NFL undergoes a lockout next year, he will try out for the NBA.

"My first team will be the Nuggets and my second team will be the Heat. I'm serious," Marshall said.

When asked to clarify if he would be pursuing a basketball career, he replied "Not pursuing. I'm going to be on an NBA team. I'm serious."

Following, he said he felt he was good enough to be a professional shooting guard. 

The last time the receiver played organized basketball was at Lake Howell High School in Florida, where he lettered three times. 

While some may take this as a joke, Marshall did appear serious. In fact, he went as far as predicting there won't be football next year.

"There's not going to be any football. If there's a lockout, I have to find a job...I'm gonna get with a basketball coach and get to work, prepare for the lockout."

Even though this may simply be fun and games, I would strongly encourage him to stick to what he does best.

The two-time Pro Bowl receiver signed a four-year, $47.5 million contract with the Dolphins earlier this offseason. He's currently riding a three-season streak with at least 100 receptions for 1,000 yards. There's no doubt he's a very talented receiver, and I even consider him the third-best in the league.  

However, there's a slim to non- existent chance he'd even make an NBA squad, let alone have any success. 

Despite his tremendous athleticism, he should realize that basketball and football are two very different sports, each requiring its own unique skill set. 

As an NFL receiver, one must possess reliable hands and be able to run precise routes, among other qualities. On the other hand, guards in the NBA must be able to shoot, pass, and defend—none of which Marshall has been trained to do for nearly a decade. 

Sure, he may have been decent in high school. But, everybody knows that the level of difficulty significantly rises as you get to the pro level. 

And, to think that he could train for a few months and elevate his game to those heights would be ridiculous as it sometimes takes rookies in the NBA multiple years to develop. 

Even worse, though, I believe that even contemplating an attempt to the NBA would be detrimental to his NFL career.

Right now, he should be solely focused on training camp and preparing for the daunting tasks that lie ahead this season. For a receiver that will be expected to play at a dominant level in order for his team to even have a shot at playoff contention. The last thing he needs is a potential distraction such as this. Until this dies down (which may take a while), he will be swarmed by reporters questioning his focus and dedication on football. 

Of course, at this point, matters should be taken fairly lightly. In fact, that's exactly how the Dolphins are taking it. 

In response to Marshall's plan, the team's head coach Tony Sparano said, "I've seen him jump. He's not playing basketball."

For your info, Marshall has a 37-inch vertical, which is actually comparable to Kobe Bryant's 38.

That said, would he have the necessary physical skills? Aside from a slight lack of height (6'4" 230 lbs.), probably. Would it be entertaining to see him try it out? Sure. Do I applaud him for his bold comments and self-confidence? Absolutely. 

But, does he have the emotional, mental, or pure basketball skill to play in the NBA. While he does have a fair chance, I highly doubt it. 

So, Marshall, continue to dominate in the NFL, because you would not in the NBA. 


Note: The first article that I published on the Bleacher Report was actually on why LeBron James wouldn't be an NFL star. You may read it here