November 04, 2011
Whether it's Ron Artest moonlighting as a stand-up comic, Blake Griffin interning for Will Ferrell or Delonte West applying for a job at a furniture store, NBA players have found some unusual ways to stay busy during the lockout.
Ex-Duke stars Kyrie Irving and Nolan Smith are no exception. The two would-be NBA rookies have been training in Durham the past few months and spent Tuesday night learning what it's like to be a member of the Cameron Crazies.
The above video released by DukeBluePlanet chronicles Irving's and Smith's night in the Duke student section during the Blue Devils' exhibition victory over Division II Bellarmine. Those two and former Duke forward Lance Thomas supported their ex-teammates and participated in every traditional clap and cheer to the delight of the students around them.
"It was cool. I enjoy myself. I knew all the songs and the dances and stuff like that," said Irving, who described himself as "the only Cameron Crazie allowed on the bench" last season when he missed all but 11 regular-season games due to a toe injury.
"He had time to study last year," Smith said. "That was my first time actually being a part of it, so I had to learn on the fly. But I think we did a great job and I was proud of our performance."