NBA Players Organizing International Tour During Lockout?
Right now this is just a rumor and it’s much reasonable than Amare talking about starting a new league but I can’t wait to hear who is going to fund this. It’s not just the payment the guys will get for playing in the games but the expenses associated with travelling and perks for NBA players is as crazy as the biggest rockstars. It’s not going to come out of the pockets of the players. If the lockout does get settled in the next few weeks (probably wont) wouldn’t the teams want these players to be in the states practicing and getting ready for the season during those weeks?
The following is from Dime
We’ve started to hear credible rumblings of a big-time overseas tour for a group of elite NBA superstars, designed to fill the void left by the cancellation of the first two weeks of the season.
The details are a little fuzzy at this point, and none of this has been confirmed (we’ll leave that to the reporters who are sure to chase this story), but here’s what we’re hearing:
- A group of NBA stars will head overseas for a tour from the last week of October to mid-November.
- Names we’re hearing include Carmelo, LeBron, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul. But it sounds like the tour would include enough NBA players to put together two teams.
- The participating players will be paid to play.
- The tour will make multiple stops, including one stop in China.
That’s all we’ve got right now. If true, it sounds like a good thing all the way around. The players get to play and pick up some cash, fans around the world get to see NBA superstars in person, and the NBA gets its product exposed to more international fans. A win-win-win.