Bonus Play

For a lot of pro jocks, the real action starts when the games end.

Updated: July 21, 2003, 12:51 PM ET
By Tim Keown | ESPN The Magazine
A certain ex-NBA player is engaged in a serious argument with himself. He's about to tell a funny story, a story that exposes a little-known but long-suspected aspect of professional sports, but he doesn't know whether he wants his name attached to it. On the record? Off the record? He's a human metronome -- back, forth, back, forth. He knows the story is harmless, but there's one word nagging at the corners of his mind: gambling. "I can't believe I'm saying this, because it's not a big deal," he says. "But I'll tell you the story if you keep my name out of it."

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