While Ochocinco gave bull riding, soccer and NASCAR a try during the NFL work stoppage, the NBA's leading rebounder will take advantage of his height and hops in pro beach volleyball.

Kevin Love, a surprise All-Star, expects to play in the Manhattan Beach Open on the pro volleyball tour.

The AP reports Love thinks it's a "great idea" to get some sun and have "fun" during the lockout. The Timberwolves power forward claims he really just wants to make it through the first day of the three-day, $200,000 event in late August.

Love's father used to play volleyball against Wilt Chamberlain, and his uncle Mike is part of the iconic Beach Boys.

With a huge contract coming after the lockout, Love insists he's not going to lose sleep about possibly being injured on the sand.

"That's the elephant in the room right now," Love told the AP, "but at the same time it's like with basketball. If you go out there and play hard most of the time, you're not going to get hurt. If you're loafing and not going 100 percent, then you're more likely to suffer."

Love, the NBA's most improved player, set a record with 53 straight double-doubles, the longest such streak since the 1976 ABA/NBA merger.

This hobby isn't going to help his "Love" of money, though. The top men's beach volleyball player in 2010 earned just $387,000 in prize money.

That's a nice payday for volleyball, but just 8.3 percent of Love's NBA salary ($4,609,701) for next season.

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