For a time, Ron Artest was supposed to be headed to Finland to play at least a couple games. Then his agent squashed that.
Then Artest told the LA Times that he was going to go to Great Britain to play, either for the Glasgow Rocks or the Cheshire Jets. In classic Metta WorldPeace fashion he said, ""The teams aren't good, but I'm going there to finish a movie, so why not?" Yeah, why not?
Oh, here's why not. Artest's agent explained to ESPN LA:
Possible injury appears to be Bauman's biggest fear, but obviously that doesn't seem to matter to Deron Williams, who said he's not worried because injuries could happen anywhere.
"I told him, 'Ron, the league over there is not strong enough to really give you the competition that you want,'" Bauman said. "Even though that makes sense from a (convenience standpoint), it doesn't make sense from a basketball perspective."
"God forbid any of these guys get hurt," Bauman said. "Can I get $22 million insurance for Ron? I don't think so."
Competition is somewhat key though. It's really not worth the risk of injury and the little amount of money just to play a couple games of glorified pickup ball. A lot of players are talking about going overseas and for some, it's about keeping the steady stream of income. For others, it's about staying sharp. For Artest, I guess it was going to be about having something to do while he's in Britain.
The bigger story here to me is though, Metta WorldPeace is going to be in a movie? I smell an Oscar.