7/15/11 – NBA Stars in Europe

Can you imagine Deron Williams playing pro basketball in Europe? Yeah, me too. But what about Dwayne Wade? Kobe Bryant? Kevin Durant?

They are among the NBA superstars who have publicly said they’d consider playing for pay elsewhere in the world if the owner-imposed lockout causes the cancelation of the next NBA season. I do believe some stars would play in Europe or Asia or South America. Why not pick up $5 million or so while NBA owners try to reconstruct an out- of-control economic system?

But I don’t believe there’ll be a flood of NBA players making the move. First, there aren’t that many high-playing roster spots available. Second, I think these individual comments are part of an organized plan to send a message to the NBA owners. That message is the NBA isn’t the only option for pro players.

For the record, I don’t think the plan will work, and I do think we’ll lose the next NBA season to labor strife.



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