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1. Watch the National Football League. Instead of waiting around for NBA games that might not happen, gather around the TV with some friends to watch football and eat junk food. Join the crowd and watch as teams tank for Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck!

2. Try to understand the NBA Lockout. With all the jargon, such as “basketball-related income” and “mid-level exception” being thrown around, it’s hard to figure out what is going on and what the NBA owners and players are arguing about.

3. Reminisce about the past! Throw on your favorite player’s jersey and chat with some friends about your favorite NBA moments. Mourn the relocation of the Seattle Supersonics or have a good laugh about Robert Swift.

4. Watch classic games, dunks, shots and moments on YouTube and old recordings. Whether it’s Kobe Bryant scoring 81 points against the Toronto Raptors in 2006 or Vince Carter putting his arm in the rim during the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest, there should be something for every basketball fan to enjoy.

5. Actually play basketball. Go to a local basketball court and play a game of H-O-R-S-E with some friends or even lower the basketball hoop and have a good, old-fashioned dunk contest.

6. Get a virtual fix with the video game NBA 2K12. The basketball simulation allows players to play with current and historic teams, such as the 1996 Seattle Supersonics with Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp.

7. Watch college sports instead. College football is in full swing and college basketball is right around the corner. Western Vikings men’s and women’s basketball teams have started their seasons as well.

8. Catch up on some reading. There are numerous books on NBA
players and teams out there for your reading pleasure.

9. Finish up your 10-page papers, and read the assigned chapters in those textbooks. No NBA games means less time staring at the TV and more time to hit the books.

10. Wait it out. There’s always next year.