Originally posted on Ball Don't Lie  |  Last updated 12/5/11
During the NBA's lockout, teams were allowed absolutely no contact with players. Players were allowed no contact with NBA events, either, and current players outside of the ones on the NBA Players Association's negotiating team couldn't even be mentioned on the NBA's website, or NBA TV. Players couldn't work out at team facilities, nor even be seen in the same convenience store as an NBA team employee without the employee having to run out quickly to avoid seeing her friend for fear of fine from the league. This actually happened. This also actually happened: Ray Allen's appearance on an episode of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" had to be completely edited out because ABC (which owns the rights to televise NBA games) was fearful that Allen's appearance amongst all the Boston Celtics-themed charitable gifts given to a young boy would be seen as a violation of these ridiculous lockout rules. Allen wasn't even the guy giving the apparel to the child, nor was he strutting around in
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