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NBA lockout: Fan 'planks' Jerry West statue outside Staples Center

July 6, 2011 | 11:06 am

X2_700a172-1We've already seen the first sign of the craziness we'll be seeing however long the NBA lockout ensues.

It's not going to reach the epic proportions that Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis recently predicted regarding the ramifications of an NFL lockout: "Do this research if we don't have a season -- watch how much evil, which we call crime, watch how much crime picks up if you take away our game."

But it can at least lead to fans  finding creative ways to interact with the Laker statues outside Staples Center.

CNBC business reporter Darren Rovell first showcased a fan who goes by the Twitter handle @jpra42 "planking" Jerry West's statue as well as the broadcasting table of the late Chick Hearn. The fan indicated he pulled these stunts in the middle of  the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Victor Ortiz press conference last week across the street at L.A. So in fairness, this isn't a product so much of boredom during the NBA lockout since this happened before the league's collective bargaining agreement officially expired, but I wouldn't be surprised if it provided further inspiration for fans to pull off more stunts involving the Lakers statues, including West, Hearn or Magic Johnson.


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Chick Hearn statue unveiled at Staples Center

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Photo: A fan apparently found good use in the Jerry West statue outside Staples Center. Credit: CNBC's Darren Rovell via Twitter.