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Sunday, July 3rd, 2011 at 12:49 pm  |  12 responses

Amar’e Stoudemire Interested in Kobe’s Barnstorming Tour in China


Yesterday, the L.A. Times reported that Kobe Bryant may attempt to assemble a group of NBA players and form two or three barnstorming teams to play exhibition games in China. Well, as the N.Y. Daily News is reporting, Knicks big man Amar’e Stoudemire may be interested in joining: “Amar’e Stoudemire would consider joining Kobe Bryant’s barnstorming tour through China if the NBA lockout extends into the regular season. According to a person close to the Knicks’ All-Star power forward, Stoudemire would only play if he can be insured in case of injury. The Knicks signed Stoudemire last summer to five-year, $100-million contract despite being unable to get the contract insured because Stoudemire has a pre-existing knee problem and has had surgery for a detached retina. After Stoudemire signed, he honored the Knicks’ request to withdraw from the U.S. national team in order to rest his body for the upcoming season. Stoudemire also suffered a back injury prior to Game 2 of the Knicks’ first-round series with Boston in April and is still not 100%. The Knicks are not permitted to have contact with their players during the work stoppage but they would get word to Stoudemire – likely via his agent Happy Walters – that they would prefer if one of their top players didn’t travel to Asia for non-sanctioned NBA exhibitions.”

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  • http://wwwslamonline.com Jeremy Bauman

    Love it.. Great idea and they should consider making it even more worldwide. Then again, hopefully no lockout…

  • BRAVO

    Play in toronto !

  • http://slamonline.com biged

    fucc what the owners want the players to do or not dp during the lockout. Start the season on time and u wont have to worry about him playing in china or where ever.

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    Actually, this would be a great idea if players would do this stateside as well. Generate some goodwill and use ticket and merchandise sales to cover their expenses and donate the rest to charities.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    Huey is onto something. East Coast vs West Coast Player’s Classic.

  • Yesse

    Love the idea, but this is gonna be so unfair against the chinese guys.

  • ENDS

    The NBA Mixtape tour

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Kobe’s been doing basketball exhibitions throughout Asia since he’s been in the league…name a 20 year old in the NBA right now who would hold a basketball camp in China or the Philippines or Indonesia during their off-season?? Thats the stuff Kobe has done consistently since he’s been in the leaague …you can say alot about the man, but you can’t say he doesn’t care or doesn’t give back.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    co-signed LA Huey and Ugh….like that Hurricane Katrina event they held in Houston back in 05…stuff like that would be real good to see

  • http://slamonline.com Wagers

    I can just see it now all the Asian guys who work hard just get completely destroyed by these guys, I’d pay to watch these games lol.

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  • bull22

    how about these guys spending time with their families (for those that have one) during the lockout. the game must be like an adrenaline rush they need.

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