NBA Players Going Overseas Could Put Entire Season in Danger

August 20th, 2011 by Jesse Dorsey Leave a reply »
Kobe Bryant to Deron Williams and everyone in between in the NBA has seemingly been linked to some sort of rumor about playing basketball in Europe or China, and at first it seemed like a shortsighted idea.

However, now that most of those deals are coming out to have clauses in them that let them return to the NBA if and when the lockout ends, it seems like most players would be careless not to sign an overseas deal, if not for themselves, but for the rest of the players in the league.

Back in 1998, the last time the NBA was faced with a lockout, David Stern and the owners came to the bargaining table with one mentality. They were going to get the best deal possible, and they had no problem missing a few months of the season.

When the lockout shortened the season to 50 games, then-Players Association President Patrick Ewing was famous for saying, "Sure, we make a lot of money, but we spend a lot, too."

Yea, that was kind of the problem.

Stern and the owners basically waited out the players, and an astounding number of whom were living paycheck to paycheck (probably a big reason why guys like Antoine Walker and Allen Iverson end ...

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