Despite lockout, Devin Ebanks is 'staying ready' for 2011-12 season
The anxiety strikes Devin Ebanks at various times of the night and day.
The feeling comes late at night because he can no longer visit the Lakers' practice facility at odd hours to work on his shooting. It also comes in the morning because it proves more difficult participating in pickup scrimmages with his teammates. He feels that way more and more because he's running out of things to do.
After spending most of his summer in Washington, D.C., Ebanks flew to Los Angeles last week just in case the NBA owners and players union reached a deal. Instead, Ebanks continues toiling in his daily routine of firing 1,000 shots a day while wondering when the lockout will end.
"I’m just ready to play," Ebanks said at a recent promotional appearance for Sungevity, a solar rooftop specialist. "I'm ready for them to make a deal."
Ebanks will have to continue waiting since the players union formally disbanded after Monday's meeting, leading both executive director Billy Hunter and commissioner David Stern to acknowledge the possibility of a lost 2011-12 season.
For rank-and-file players such as Ebanks, that leaves them without many options. He acknowledged the sting that a prolonged work stoppage will have on his $788,872 team option for next season. But at this point, Ebanks isn't intent on pursuing anything overseas. So, instead, Ebanks will maintain his routine, wondering when the end will ever happen.
"My feeling is just to stay ready and let the people that handle it, handle it," Ebanks said. "Right now they’re trying to get a deal done. I’m just ready to play. Whenever they decide, I’ll be ready."
-- Mark Medina
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