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Reports: Euro floodgates to open this week

Posted on: August 6, 2011 5:45 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2011 6:00 pm
By Matt Moore

File this under "Talking the talk without walking the walk." That file's going to be getting pretty hefty at this point. May need to get a cabinet for it. 

Anyway, Happy Walters, agent to Amar'e Stoudemire and Wilson Chandler took to Twitter Friday to share the news that you should expect a number of players to finally make the plunge in signing contracts to play overseas. From Twitter:

OK, so an agent is making big words. Big deal. That's the whole thing, is the player's side making big talk and having nothing besides Deron Williams signing with a team whose assets are frozen to show for it? That's the problem, right? Well, except Draft Express is confirming Walters' claim, saying that the current state of the CBA talks have created  "wide spread panic" according to an NBA agent.

We've been hearing this talk for weeks, and this is just the most recent update to that talk, with no real substance, again, beyond Deron Williams' contract.  But having it come from an actual agent, versus unnamed sources, or a player saying he is "considering options" takes it up a step. Having that claim confirmed by a respected independent source is another step. Consider this a small escalation and a slight momentum shift towards an all-out exodus, no matter how unlikely. We'll keep you updated if those odds start to tilt. 

Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: August 9, 2011 6:48 am

Reports: Euro floodgates to open this week

good riiddance I say. Basketball is full of a bunch of prima donnas even worse than football. If the season is lost I don't really care. That should open up more tv time for college basketball where the players at least try.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2011 7:45 pm

Reports: Euro floodgates to open this week

Hey, the NBA could do like the NFL did in 1987---use 'older' and 'has been' players to play your games....


Jesus-Like these retired players would go against the players union. I see you like to drink. 

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2011 11:53 am

Reports: Euro floodgates to open this week

No one cares...really. Goodbye spoiled entitled players, maybe all of the "stars" going to play in Europe is exactly what the NBA needs to get back to being an interesting league. 

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2011 12:34 am

Reports: Euro floodgates to open this week

Hey, the NBA could do like the NFL did in 1987---use 'older' and 'has been' players to play your games....

It actually would be kinda interesting for a while...Think about it...Kevin Mchale, Larry Bird, Robert Parish come on the floor to face Magic Johnson, James Worthy, and whoever else they can find....Just guarantee privately, that it wouldn't last for more than a month...Reggie Miller, Patrick Ewing.....They could allow any GM that are players to play, then return to their job, once the strike is over....

It would be VERY slow games....Probably scoring would be in the 70's, but fans would come out, maybe more-so, than with the regulars..

Michael Jordan would give it another shot, along with Karl Malone and James Worthy ect....It would be an 80's party for the first few weeks...

With proper marketing, you could make it last for a while, and probably 'pre-sell out' alot of games, before they even played......

Now that I think about it---it's a great idea....Granted, the fascination would wear off...Heck, I remember Boston seemed slow in the 80's with that group...It would probably put you to sleep now...

The problem is there would be alot of walking up and down the court, and the only 'fast break' would be to take a 'back pill'.....

Maybe the rules could be tweeked also during this time to assist the older players....Shorter quarters, longer shot clocks, ect...

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: August 7, 2011 7:23 pm

Reports: Euro floodgates to open this week

You are either ignorant, a jerk, or both.

People who haven't traveled outside of the US are shallow and limited?  You either don't understand the terms shallow and used it incorrectly or you're a snob who thinks anyone who hasn't traveled the world is stupid.

I haven't been outside of the western hemisphere, but I am deep enough to know bull**** when I read it.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: August 7, 2011 2:56 pm

Reports: Euro floodgates to open this week

My spin on this is.. it is one guy's opinion and that is all, and on top of that "Happy Walters" is probably mad he's not getting paid.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: August 7, 2011 1:51 pm

Reports: Euro floodgates to open this week

Going overseas and living in a foreign country for awhile is a great opportunity.  I think all young people should do so if at all possible.  Most can't afford to do it on their own terms and will need to either enter an exchange program, peace corps or join the military, each have their own drawbacks.

But for these guys?  They have the money and it'll basically just be broadening their experience.  If you've been in the US your entire life and never left you are a rather shallow and limited person.  These guys have traveled outside but probably have never spent an extended period of time since they'd always come back for the NBA season.

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: August 7, 2011 1:31 pm

Reports: Euro floodgates to open this week

These people just don't get it.  They are going to kill the NBA.  This isn't the NFL.  People will just find other stuff to do if the NBA doesn't have a season.  There are only a small number of serious hard core NBA fans.  I know just as many if not more follow college basketball closer than the NBA.

There's a reason that there is no giant uproar from fans about this. There is alot of apathy out there.  If these guys want to go to Europe, have a party and go.  I know the 3 old dudes on my team (Pierce, Allen, and Garnett) aren't gonna risk their old bones in Europe. In fact ehy may just retire (not Pierce) if there isn't a season this year...

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: August 7, 2011 11:02 am

Reports: Euro floodgates to open this week

Heard the sheep are getting nervous over in Istanbul over Kobe signing.

Since: May 24, 2009
Posted on: August 6, 2011 6:47 pm

Reports: Euro floodgates to open this week


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