September 19, 2011
The NBA lockout has forced many NBA players to pursue new forms of employment. For most, that means plying their trade in foreign lands. Others (okay, just one) have decided that professional video game leagues are the future. In this brave new world, millionaires can take on the occupations of our nation's working stiffs.
Bulls shooting specialist Kyle Korver(notes) did exactly that during Sunday's game between the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros at Wrigley Field. As evidenced by the photo above (via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune), Korver spent the day helping out around the ballpark, much of which was spent helping out the groundskeepers. Korver also spent at least some time serving dessert to fans in the stands. Pay attention to that last bit, because it's one of the few times you'll see the shot-happy Korver register an assist.
Before you get any ideas, it should be noted that Korver's time as a menial laborer appears to be tied to his charity work with Seer Outfitters, although further details have not come out quite yet. (On top of that, he has a previous relationship with the Cubs.) I'm not sure exactly how Korver's raking of the mound will help kids in need, but if it's for a good cause then who cares. I'll just assume that a prior plan to do something on the set of "Two and a Half Men" fell through after they got wind of Ashton Kutcher's new look. The jokes only make sense if the two of them look alike. It's like how we can't call Chris Bosh(notes) "Predator" since he cut his hair.
With any luck, Korver will spend time working at other Chicago landmarks, just hanging out with the folks and helping make their days a little brighter. In two weeks, expect him to play cashier at Hot Doug's and reenact the shooting of John Dillinger outside the Biograph Theater. Because locals just hang out around the tourist attractions, right?