The NBA lockout has taken an effect on basketball fans around the globe. The NBA fanbase extends itself way beyond the country’s borders. Basketball is a global sports, it has an effect on many other countries and continents. Some examples of this would be places like Africa, France, Russia, the Chezch Republic, and especially Asia.
Asia has one of the biggest basketball fanbases in the world. The league gets plenty of money off of advertising their brands and players in the Far East.
With all of that being said, some of the fans over in that part of the world may be in for a treat. Some of the NBA players who have been playing in the league, and doing well also I might add, have been toying with the possibility of going overseas and playing ball in spite of the lockout. There have been players like Nicolas Batum, Ian Mahinmi, Serge Ibaka, George Hill, and Tony Parker.
Serge Ibaka has not made it official that he will play overseas yet, but he has said openly that he has thought about playing in Spain since the lockout has started. He says that it would be a great outlet to brush up on his skills during the offseason, however long it may be. Also, it is means to an end. He will get paid to play in Spain, if the lockout prevents next season as a whole, there will be no money coming in for certain players. Ibaka is one of them.
The rest of the players on the small list I just gave are participating in an exhibition game in France. It will be an opportunity to, again, keep from getting rusty as the lockout continues. The players aren’t letting money get in the way of them doing what they love. I’m glad to see them organizing things and making plans to keep their skills sharp.
I wouldn’t be suprised if more players decided to make moves like this. Kobe Bryant has already had platelet surgery on his knee over in Germany. He has foreign connections, being born in Italy and being culturaly diverse, so he could possibly be a star that plays overseas. Pau Gasol has thought about playing for Spain during the summer, as has Dirk with his home country of Germany. There could be many more players who choose to go overseas with their work and honestly you can’t blame them.
The only downside to this would be them getting injured. They are no longer insured by the league so they won’t be helped by official team trainers. However, they can’t violate their contracts by playing for another team because all of their contracts are not valid as of the start of the lockout.
I say why not play overseas. Its a great opportunity for the players and it will keep them ready for whenever the next season starts.
Hopefully we can get some good news on this lockout really soon. As soon as I hear something I will let you all know. I’ll be back with my breakout player list for next season soon. Til then all.
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