WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Many often fantasize living a day in the life of a professional basketball player – the money, the cars, the women, endorsement deals and everyday adoration – but very seldom, one would think, is that a two-way street.
How many NBA players would take on a part-time summer job scooping ice cream, for instance?
At least one would. Wizards swingman Martell Webster has been holding down an “unofficial” internship at Nicecream Factory in Clarendon the last few weeks.
Nicecream only recently opened its doors on Clarendon Boulevard, on May 17, and less than two weeks later gained its star attraction.
So how did this professional basketball player come to work at an up-and-coming ice cream factory?
James Conti, Nicecream’s marketing coordinator, is childhood friends with Webster from their days in Seattle.
“We grew up with each other; he spent a lot of time with my family, ever since I was in third grade and he was in fifth grade,” Conti told Monumental Sports.
Nicecream owner Sandra Tran says Webster’s interest in working there was first piqued when he’d frequently swing by the shop while Conti was working, then one day, the Wizards swingman said, ‘I wanna learn.’
“Somebody asked me, like, ‘Dude, are you really working there for the money?'” Webster said. “I was laughing. I’m like, ‘No, man, I just enjoy making ice cream.’”
Conti and Webster couldn’t be closer now as unofficial co-workers.
“They ride bikes to work together,” Tran told me. “They’re on a juice cleanse together.”
And after the publicity that goes along with an NBA player holding down a part-time gig scooping Nicecream, Tran says the factory’s gained plenty of exposure within the Wizards community. “People call here and go, ‘Hey, is Martell there?’ like it’s his house or something.”
Watch Webster scoop Nicecream below (via Monumental Sports).
(Thanks to @adammcginnis for sharing his photo.)
Find out more about Nicecream here.