NBA Lockout: China Makes the Right Decision in Saying It Won’t Sign NBA Players

August 20th, 2011 by Bryant West Leave a reply »
In the wake of the NBA lockout, New Jersey Nets superstar Deron Williams got it started, signing with the Besiktas team of Turkey. Other talented NBA starters like Nicolas Batum, Ty Lawson, Nenad Kristic and many other smaller names, have all signed in Europe. Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin are all considering it.

But one destination that some players had already started looking at pretty much closed off today. China's biggest league announced that it would not sign any NBA players signed to contracts, and while free agents from the NBA who are not signed to teams are welcome in China, any contract they sign with the CBA (Chinese Basketball Association) would require them to play a full year.

It was a bold decision by China, and it’s obvious that, had the CBA allowed players, however temporarily, to sign with their teams, it would have bolstered their revenue. But this can be considered a decision of national pride more than anything.

The CBA, in ignoring NBA studs, shows they don’t feel they need for a brief sideshow to make them feel good about their league.

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