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Report: NBA stars planning overseas tour

Posted on: October 19, 2011 3:26 pm
Posted by Royce Young

I think we can all agree that the charity hoops circuit is a little played out. NBA fans are ready for real basketball. From Washington D.C. to Philadelphia to Miami to Los Angeles to Oklahoma City, fans have seen their stars play glorified pickup games. It's getting a little old now.

So the players have recognized that and are taking the next step: They're taking their talents overseas.

No, not to play professionally. They're taking their charity games on tour. Via
While the final details are still being worked out, more than a dozen of the league's best players are working to join forces on what would be a two-week, six-game, three-continent blockbuster tour, sources said.

In a trip that could resemble Team USA's takeover of the world stage at the 2008 Beijing Games, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Amare Stoudemire, Chris Bosh, Rajon Rondo, Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook, Carlos Boozer, Paul Pierce and Kevin Love are among the players expected to participate. Kevin Durant and Kevin Garnett, among a few others, are also contemplating joining the tour.

The tour is planned to take two weeks and has been in construction for some three months by Atlanta business mogul Calvin Darden. While some players have actually reportedly signed contracts to play in this, there's a chance it could fall apart. One major reason being if a labor deal is worked out.

The tour is scheduled to start Oct. 30 and go through Nov. 9 with stops in Puerto Rico, London, Macau and Australia. Each game will be held in arenas with at least 15,000 seats. There's a hope to air the games internationally as well as in the U.S. too.

Here's the kicker: The players will make some bank off this too. The report says players will receive somewhere between a six-figure payout and $1 million. "Some" of the money will go to charity.

Here's to hoping the whole thing falls apart because the players are in training camp by then.

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 1:18 pm

Report: NBA stars planning overseas tour

NBA players cant even go to vegas without getting into trouble.  Sending them to Macau, the gambling capital of the world, seems like a fantastic plan.

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: October 20, 2011 12:53 pm

Dissolve the NBA

Let the whole corrupt league finally die and allow a global league with a sense of respect for the game Dr. Naismith created start it's rise to prominance. I'll watch hoops again, but only if the game is called for walks, consistent fouls, and 3 second violations that were regularly overlooked to allow the big names to score at will.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 12:29 pm

Report: NBA stars planning overseas tour

wiseguy 1991..Thank You for saying it...when are these monkeys gonna realize..WE DO NOT NEED BASKETBALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:39 am

Report: NBA stars planning overseas tour

Please Stay there and do not come back!!

Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:16 am

Report: NBA stars planning overseas tour

  I wish the owners would just fire every single last player.  There is no nostalgia in Lebron James; however there is in the Lakers.  The team itself and the league itself is what we want to see.  We don't watch basketball to gaze over the players talents.  We watch basketball for some feeling of being competitive.  Why do people root for teams and not individuals?  Fire all of them; refill the roster with scabs and college incomers and call it a day.  Maybe next time around their employees will think better of not showing up for work.  In the real world you can get fired for being a whiner!  
In other news.......Bryant Gumbel is black!!!!! 

Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:06 am
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Since: Jan 28, 2010
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:02 am

Report: NBA stars planning overseas tour

Are the owners 100% to blame for the lockout and any financial problems that SOME of the teams have? YES. Are SOME of the players overpaid? YES Are SOME of the players such as Kobe, Lebron, D-Wade for example underpaid? YES.

Those of you who do not like the NBA and prefer the inferior brand of basketball played at the college level or God forbid, the WNBA--your opinion doesn't matter because you do not go to games or watch the games on tv. You cannot sway the opinion of die hard fans just like noone can sway you from your passion.

I'd like to see the NBA players and NFL players form their own leagues and cut out the middle men. There would not be the guaranteed money at the outset; but eventually and quickly the money would start to flow to the star players. They could easily cut the tickets prices in half to benefit the fans.

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 10:26 am

Report: NBA stars planning overseas tour

Now I'm really confused.  Carlos Boozer is one of the "league's best players"?  Did I just wake up from a coma?

Since: Dec 14, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 10:05 am

Report: NBA stars planning overseas tour

Please move the entire NBA overseas forever!  Thank You!

Since: Dec 15, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:30 am

Report: NBA stars planning overseas tour


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