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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.
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lowereized098
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Since: Mar 22, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 6:50 pm
 

Report: NBA stars planning overseas tour

This is the ultimate greed, while their having fun and baking more cash. The rest of the NBA players, owners and fans have no NBA. Who the hell do these idiots think they are. I would not pay a penny to see any tour, its a classless move and insulting to all fans in the U.S.



Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 2:52 pm
 

Report: NBA stars planning overseas tour

Do not care- let 'em go and have a good time.   When they return, I just shall not be here preferring college and HS ball instead !!!

Have a good time guys !!!!



Since: Aug 17, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:03 am
 

Report: NBA stars planning overseas tour

What are all the white trash players going to do with the NBA?  More serial killers on the loose.



Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:42 am
 

Report: NBA stars planning overseas tour

Enjoy your tour and please don't bitch when Darden and his criminal son rip you guys off. The owners take the financial risk, they should get 50 percent at the least. That still leaves a HUGE pile of money for both sides.



Since: Apr 3, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 7:27 am
 

Report: NBA stars planning overseas tour

 

Come on NBA, play them at their own game.

Get some undrafted college players to do the shirts, people would still come and watch. Cit the price of tickets and pay our new heroes a nice six figure salary.

Over the next few years top college players can be drafted and in a few years time you have all the talent back. Keep the new players union in check and refuse to up ticket prices which are ridiculous because of players’ salaries anyway.

The old NBA Stars can form a new Harlem Globetrotters equivalent!




Since: Jul 23, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:35 pm
 

Report: NBA stars planning overseas tour

Some good comments here,

Cancel the season and fix the league.

Its hard to take an interest in the league when most the players are jerks.




Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:29 pm
 

Report: NBA stars planning overseas tour

Here's the bottom line with these NBA superstars and really just about every star from every sport with rare exceptions. When you lose one, there's always a new star on the way in college, in the minor leagues etc, etc, depending on what sport we're dealing with.

Let these so called stars go off on their little world tour, and let them stay there. A year or two later, maybe even sooner, nobody would miss them one bit.



Since: May 23, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 9:22 pm
 

Report: NBA stars planning overseas tour

This is exactly what the problem is with these negotiations...its all about the STAR players!!!  These STARS dont give a rat's behind about the other 300+ players in the league that only get 4-5 years (if that) to build there financial nests.

If the players had any brains (insert joke here _____) they would forget about giving this money away to charity and maybe even give up any additinal money other than the costs of travel and day-to-day expenses during this exhibition and give to the all of the players that are not worthy of taking part in this.  You wanna put pressure on the owners, making sure your entire union is well protected financially would be a good start.     
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