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Delonte West applies at Home Depot; Teddy Dupay makes surprise appearance in Miami scandal; More Brady baby; What Shaquille O'Neal really wants to do is direct; Claudine Keane bringing her many talents to Los Angeles

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delonte-home-depot.pngWith the NBA lockout threatening a 2011-2012 season, players are being forced to confront the issue of what they'll do with all that potential free time should there be no basketball.

Delonte West apparently has a plan. The Boston Celtics guard tweeted last week that he filled out an application to work in the exciting world of home furnishing.

"It's official.. Pride 2 the side.. just filled out a application at Home Depot.. Lockout aint a game.." West micro-blogged.

West was forced to look for a domestic job after a judge put a kibosh on any potential overseas gig due to a weapons charge.

He would be following in the footsteps of Ron Artest, who applied for a job at Circuit City while he was a rookie with the Bulls.

Faking names

Among the interesting nuggets in the explosive Yahoo! Sports report about illicit benefits allegedly received by members of the University of Miami football team is the alias tell-all booster Nevin Shapiro would use when booking hotel rooms for player encounters with prostitutes. According to the report, rooms were typically registered under "Teddy Dupay" -- in reference to the former University of Florida point guard.

The 5-foot-9 Dupay, who helped lead the Gators to the 2000 National Championship Game, bears a resemblance with the 5-foot-5 Shapiro.

Dupay, by the way, has been on a bizarre post-basketball journey that now finds him as an advocate for the legalization of marijuana.

Broadcast Style Guy



Batting Stance Guy has range. Everyone's favorite baseball impressionist envisioned a world where all of his favorite baseball reporters were together on one broadcast. Among those getting aped: Peter Gammons, Ken Rosenthal, Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian.

Baby Brady

Detectives from the Massachusetts Attorney General's office were dispatched to the home of David Portnoy, the Boston-based blogger who posted the nude photo of Tom Brady's 20-month-old son, and asked that the images in question be taken offline, according to the Smoking Gun. No specific reason was given for the request, with which Portnoy complied.

Pin king



Yes, I did champion a moratorium on trick-shot videos, but what I meant was basketball-related ones. Bowling is a completely different story. Don't try doing this during peak tailgating hours in the Miller Park parking lot, though.

This is just ... bad



This awesomely awkward parody video promoting rush week for University of Alabama sororities is a challenge to sit through.

The Big Director?

Shaquille O'Neal, who thrilled us in such blockbuster hits as "Kazaam" and "Steel," is jumping into the directing world. The big man is wrapping up the Filmmaking Conservatory at the New York Film Academy's branch at Universal Studios Hollywood. O'Neal recently signed with Turner Sports to become part of the "Inside the NBA" studio team with Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson. During a conference call announcing the move, O'Neal told reporters that he's always dreamed of executive-producing a television show. 

It's good to be ...

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Robbie Keane. The Irish striker just signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy. He'll bring wife Claudine to the left coast, joining a team that already boasts Victoria Beckham as its most famous WAG. A former Miss Ireland contestant, the footballer's wife is currently a model, not that you needed me to tell you that.

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