When In Manila and a basketball fan, you must be saddened with the NBA Lockout. The NBA owners and players’ union have yet to agree on the new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). Mostly likely this kinda ends the possibility of having an NBA season this year.
In light of the NBA lockout, many players are considering of playing basketball overseas. Many of them want to stay in shape and continue to play abroad in leagues around the world. And also to get paid BIG.
Here are some names that have already committed to teams overseas:
- Nicolas Batum – Nancy (France)
- Jordan Farmar – Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)
- Nenad Krstic – CSKA Moscow (Russia)
- Ty Lawson – Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)
- Sasha Vujacic – Anadolu Efes (Turkey)
- Sonny Weems – Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)
- Deron Williams – Besiktas (Turkey)
A bunch of other NBA players are thinking of playing in China, with the big market and all. Among those interested are Carmelo Anthony, Trevor Ariza, Shane Battier, Aaron Brooks, Jared Dudley, Luis Scola, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade.
Ron Artest has told everyone he’ll be playing for a UK team, Cheshite (Great Britain).
Kobe Bryant, on the other hand, is interested in playing overseas but says the offer from Besiktas (Turkey) is too low.
Other names who are open to the idea of playing basketball abroad if the NBA lockout continues to loom are Kevin Durant, Carlos Boozer, Chris Bosh, Tyson Chandler, Stephen Curry, Glen Davis, TJ Ford, Rudy Gay, Jarret Jack, Kevin Love and Amare Stoudemire.
I’m still hoping the NBA owners and the players’ union can patch things up and fix these money issues. Life is never the same without NBA. That’s the only reason I subscribed to cable, man.
You think there’s a chance an NBA superstar plays in the PBA?