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Many NBA players — all athletes, really — find that once their careers are over, they aren't quite sure what to do with themselves. Should they become a coach? A commentator? Start a car dealership? Spend some time with their 14 children spread across the country? NBA veteran Kendall Gill has a novel concept: He's going to become a boxer. Gill makes his boxing debut in Chicago on Friday, fighing Trevor Biley (career record: 0-1) at the Aragon Ballroom. Quoth Gill:

"It takes many years to be a champion," Gill said. "Maybe I'll have a handful of fights, maybe more. As long as my body says it's OK, I'll be there. I know it's a risky sport, and I don't intend to stay in it until I slur my words or anything like that."

Punching's His Bag [Chicago Tribune]