NBA stars face roadblock to play in China
Old 08-16-2011, 11:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The Los Angeles Lakersí Kobe Bryant(notes) has offers north of $1.5 million a month to play in China, and sources say heíd be inclined to accept a contract except for the one immense hurdle standing in his way: Chinese Basketball Association officials will likely pass a rule in the middle of this week forbidding the signing of players with NBA opt-out clauses.

Bryant is the biggest star deep in negotiations with China, but he isnít alone. San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker(notes) has been engaged in serious talks, too, sources tell Yahoo! Sports, but it wonít matter if China lays down legislation that could be crippling to the signing of NBA stars.

Chinese officials want to derail the prospect of rent-a-players for the lockout. That would leave a far smaller pool of NBA free agents available to sign, and those players will have to commit to playing a full season in the Far East. If the lockout ends, they canít return to the NBA until the Chinese season ends in mid-March.

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i dont know why kobe wants to play in china. imho he needs a year of rest and this lockout is perfect. his body has taken a beating over the years, its time to give them time. its not like he needs the money. with this year off, he can come back with the kobe look of 3 years ago in his eyes.
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$... $1.5M a month + free marketing = $. If a tiny x% of the Chinese population buy his shoes, clothes, Sprite, etc. then he will make a ridiculous amount of $.

That's why a lot of popular NBA guys are taking China seriously. The competition is a farce compared to the Euroleague. In China these guys rake in serious $ for companies such as Nike.

Sure Kobe needs rest but you know they won't overplay him there. He would surely have some clause regarding all that stuff. Plus it's very unlikely that even a healthy Kobe has another chance at a ring. He's solidified his destiny.

Update: Wilson Chandler has a $1.7 million offer on the table from a Chinese club


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