Roadblocks for NBA Players to Play in China During Lockout?
According to Sina Sports, the Chinese Basketball Association isn’t too thrilled about NBA players wanting to temporarily join their teams as they wait for the lockout to end. From NIU Bball: “Earlier [Sunday afternoon], Sina Sports, quoting an anonymous figure connected to the CBA, reported that the Chinese Basketball Association is planning to institute two special new rules for next season in response to the ever-growing list of NBA players who have declared interest towards playing in China: First, teams will not be allowed to include an out-clause into any contract with an active NBA player and second, that each team will be allowed to sign only one active NBA player. Said the anonymous source, ‘The CBA isn’t the NBA’s backyard. If we didn’t make a rule about players playing here temporarily, then they’d all just leave in the middle of the season. That would affect our season greatly.’ As of yet, the CBA has not responded to the story. Any official announcement over new CBA rules is unlikely to come before the league’s committee convenes for a policy meeting in August.”