If all else fails, Conor McGregor just might have a career in the NBA

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'The Notorious' Conor McGregor doesn't seem to have to do much these days without attracting a maximum amount of fanfare, even in his time off.

The Irish knock-out specialist is still licking his wounds from his shock welterweight defeat at the hands of Nate Diaz at UFC 196.

The step-up in weight proved too much for McGrgor at his first attempt, and he was submitted with a rear-naked choke in the second round of his make-shift encounter.

McGregor was meant to face Rafael Dos Anjos in a bid to become a UFC dual-weight champion before the lightweight champion had to pull out with a broken foot under two weeks before the bout.

However, he has seemingly found time to shoot some hoops according to his Instagram account, and if the UFC flyweight champion is to be believed, he found nothing but net.

McGregor is known to be a workout freak, and judging by the beautiful surroundings and the fact he was dressed in nothing but some extremely high riding shorts, the 27-year-old had probably just completed a beach workout.

Still, although Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has openly admitted he is obsessed by the trash-talking fighter, McGregor hadn't previously indicated an interest in basketball prior to this social media post.

Judging by his two-handed release, there's every chance he just interrupted the shoot around off the cuff to throw up a brick or two.

Pat Burke remains the only Irish-born star to ever play in the NBA after turning out for the Orlando Magic and Phoenix Suns.

It's good to see that Mystic Mac hasn't lost his personality despite the humbling defeat a few weeks ago. McGregor states in the caption: "That went in smooth I promise you," followed up a few crying with laughter emojis - if that's what you call them.

Of course, McGregor has been known to keep his promises; Jose Aldo will attest to his prediction skills. But we're not so sure if we can believe the gregarious striker on this occasion after dissecting that suspect technique.

McGregor still holds a record of 7-1 in the UFC and 19-3 in his MMA career overall. Following the defeat to Diaz, the Crumlin-born star has suggested he will cut weight once again and return to flyweight to defend the title he took from Aldo in 13 seconds at UFC 194.

It's expected he will either grant Aldo a rematch or potentially take on Frankie Edgar. The 34-year-old American KO'd Chad Mendes on his last outing and has done extremely well to rebuild his brand after a loss via decision to Aldo back in 2013.

He's been on a great run since then and finds himself in line for a title shot. UFC president Dana White will have to decide if Edgar's rise through the ranks will draw bigger numbers than a rematch with an embarrassed Aldo.

Whatever happens, hopefully, Conor doesn't set his sights on the NBA anytime soon.

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