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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 ESPN.com:
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.
Comments

Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 3:42 am
 

Report: NBA stars planning overseas tour

I would like to know what happens if a player during this tour has a seaon ending injury, would this void their NBA contract if play was to resume.


Not likely.  They are basketball players.  I don't think anyone has in their contract that they can't play basketball during the off-season.  Not too many teams are saying "we want you to be a better player next season but forbid you to play basketball in an effort to do so." .........and this is a lockout, not a strike.  So it is not like the players are deciding not to play basketball for their teams right now.  They are being prevented from making a living and prevented from being paid for it right now.  This entitles them to go make a living however necessary and essentially devoids their contract.



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: October 20, 2011 12:37 am
 

Report: NBA stars planning overseas tour

Banking 6 figures plus on charity work. Wow... must be nice.



Since: Jan 27, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2011 9:59 pm
 

Report: NBA stars planning overseas tour

I would like to know what happens if a player during this tour has a seaon ending injury, would this void their NBA contract if play was to resume.



Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 8:52 pm
 

Report: NBA stars planning overseas tour

on one hand i really would like this labour despute to be finalised, and on the other hand it would be great to see them play down here in Australia. If this labour despute is wrapped up this week fantastic, if not at least i have something to look forward to down here other than some grainy online stream of a pick up game...



Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 4:10 pm
 

Report: NBA stars planning overseas tour

Although I think the players are just as much to blame for the problems of the lockout...I like to see the fact that they want to play ball.  They might as well be doing some charity work to help smooth over all the stuff that is going on with the league.  Kevin Durant has done a lot for the basketball interest in OKC and judging by his trips to China and other places in the off-season, has done a lot for the league as well. I would watch Rondo, Griffin, Westbrook, Love and others play against the others.




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 3:49 pm
 

Report: NBA stars planning overseas tour

Here is to hoping this works out and the players make a bunch of money on it.  So much they decide to stay overseas.  Then we won't have to deal w/their nonsense, the owners' nonsense, or the nonsense that is unwatchable professional basketball in this country.  Don't get me wrong, I hope these guys all make a lot of money, but please stop taking up our time w/this garbage.


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