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Friday, August 19th, 2011 at 9:35 am  |  35 responses

Chinese Basketball Association Won’t Let Locked Out NBA Players in


As expected, the CBA has elected not to allow NBA ballers to temporarily play in China during the lockout. From Niubball (via Sina Sports): “For the last two months, a long list of out-of-work NBA players have been looking across the Pacific Ocean towards China as a possible lockout destination. And after two months of silence, the Chinese Basketball Association finally sent back a message to all of those players. Look somewhere else. According to Sina Sports, the CBA has passed two rules that will kill any chance of an NBA superstar from playing in China this season. First, any player with an active NBA contract will not be allowed to sign with a CBA team. Second, players who do sign with a CBA team will not be able to include an opt-out clause that would allow them to go back to the NBA whenever the lockout ends. Though the league’s decision on opt-out clauses was expected, the rule barring players currently under contract comes as more of a surprise. Sources speaking to NiuBBall said that the rule had gained momentum in the last couple of weeks due to an increasing belief from the CBA that teams were not going to be fazed by the league’s ruling on out-clauses, and that they were going to to find other ways bring superstars to China.”

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  • Fred

    Well, yesterday’s G-Town vs Shang Hi conflict was the icing on the cake for them, even though in my humble opinion that Chinese team instigated the whole melee. Also in my opinion, this is a political issue.

  • Riggs

    After that brawl yesterday, I’m guessing no one wants to play in china either.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    That’s they’re loss. Barnstorming is still an option. And watch the NBA sell out arenas way easier than the CBA

  • John

    I actually like this move on the part of the Chinese. It’s sending a message saying ‘our league won’t tolerate mercenaries looking for a quick payday, even if you’re really really good at basketball”.

  • LA Huey

    It’s alright. I’d rather our players avoid a league that seems to be littered with thugs.

  • CubicleWorker

    This is good for fans of the NBA, I just want to see basketball, removing China removes a significant portion of overseas roster spots. Now the question is did David Stern use political power to force this issue??

  • John

    ^I was thinking the same, but that’s getting into tin-foil hat territory.

  • robb

    Their loss

  • Gil2chill

    You can’t expect leagues to have NBA stars coming and going as the season progresses, it’s pure nonsense from a competitive standpoint. It’s difficult to manage a team because of injuries, you don’t need anymore distractions, especially with superstars stealing the spotlight from your players, who would like that ?

  • bike

    Well, we owe China about $1.2 trillion, got a credit rating knockdown, and came close to defaulting…maybe they are just getting fed up with US.

  • nino408

    good. Im glad China is stepping up and not bowing down to these spoiled pricks.

  • Clownfish31

    @LA Huey: I like the irony of your statement.

  • slamfan4life

    end the lockout,stern,players.owners….

  • Cool Dude

    Week to week contracts. Easy solution.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @Clownfish31 – I like the thinly-veiled racism of your statement.

  • ChristianBulleN

    @Enigmatic – I like the irony of the thinly – veiled racism is your statement by jumping to conclusions that clownfish was being racist.

  • http://wagesofwins.net/2011/08/09/the-winningest-tandems/ nbk

    seemed racist. without leaving my feet, or reading anyone else’s responses

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Exactly. I don’t see how I could interpret it as anything but.

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    Hoopshype is reporting that Tracy McGrady might still sign a deal over there, since he’s not under contract. I think it could be a good idea, especially if the season is lost. He could finally be back in top condition by the time the 2012-13 season begins.

  • Ronald

    For Clownfish’s statment to be rascist. LA Huey’s statement must’ve been rascist too. I dont know why you don’t call him out for that. Anyway, brawls don’t happen in the CBA like the way they do at the international level for the Chinese.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    LA Huey was being sarcastic, and Clownfish was simply pointing that out, since it’s pretty ridiculous for either of them to believe that Chinese ball players or African-American ball players are thugs.
    I hope. Either that, or they were both being racist.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Not a good move, imo. How cool would it be to see NBA stars playing in China? Although, to be fair, the no-go on the opt-clause makes sense. That’d be like a contractor signing an agreement to build someone’s house, but leaving in the middle to build some rich dude’s mansion.

  • http://Slamonline nbk

    LA Huey was implying the Chinese teams have been known to get into fights. Because they do pretty regularly get in bench clearing brawls. What is the reasoning for the other comment? When he inferred there was irony in LA Huey’s statement what Was he talking about?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Really, Ronald?
    Because the word “thug” when addressed towards the Chinese or Asians, or any other race or nationality or ethnicity for that matter, has the same negative connotion as when it’s adressed towards African-Americans?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    *connotation. My bad.

  • Allenp

    Huey was being sarcastic playing on the standard stereotype about black players and pointing out how fighting evokes certain comments when certain people are fighting. And Clownish was either being equally sarcastic or bigoted. Along with misusing the word irony since Huey was being intentionally funny so there was no unintentional humor.
    And I used they’re instead of their by accident up top.

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    For the love of God, neither of the comments were racist.

  • http://www.yomamajokes.com LilKDub503

    I wonder if it’s in Stern’s master plan to have players play in other countries to fully globalize the game. I mean, when Yao Ming came over here, that was the biggest leap we had made, but this could finalize the process.

  • ThaWindy

    If I was a player I’d be pissed. The U.S. dollar aight worth the toilet paper I clean my a$$ with. Somewhere Stephon Marbary is swimming in vaseline.

  • http://360special.blogspot.com/ dev0

    Just unnecessarily bad timing. Everybody is still too fresh off the brawl to not jump to conclusions and rumor mills

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    @John – ‘our league won’t tolerate mercenaries looking for a quick payday, even if you’re really really good at basketball”.
    I like that idea, too, but the CBA does have quite a clear history of doing exactly that. So I’m not 100% sure why they’re taking this option.

  • John

    I think the CBA is just protecting their interests. By allowing players with opt-out clauses, they get the benefit of drawing bigger crowds…. temporarily. It makes sense for them in the short-term, but in the long-term, it only reinforces the fact that the CBA plays second fiddle to the NBA (or third if you consider Euroleague, but I’d imagine the CBA would be more willing to shell out more moolah). I like Teddy’s analogy at 8:04. And it’d be naive to just dismiss CubicleWorker’s suggestion at 11:02. I wouldn’t put anything past D. Stern, especially when other people stand to profit from his product.

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Haha!
    Shout out to Byron De la Beckwith.

  • seriousblack

    Clownfish’s statement wasn’t exactly thinly veiled. It was blatantly bigoted…Anyway, I wouldn’t be surprised if either directly or indirectly this move was influenced by the League, similarly to how FIBA made their unprecedented and unusual ruling on locked out NBA players. A lot of you are missing the point here. The individual teams should be the ones deciding whether or not they should sign NBA players. There had already been Chinese teams in contact with players, and this ruling is basically telling teams that it isn’t up to them to decide what’s best for their team. Why is it so hard to believe that things aren’t always so simple? I love the people who talk about the “tin foil hat” crowds. I’d rather be in that group than the “things are always what they appear to be” group.

  • BostonBaller

    They won’t let League players play there then players should not buy or endorse products from there…who loses more…hhhmmmmm. The players get a virtual smack in the face they simple turn the other cheek (the one with the Gold card in it that is…)

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