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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 at 5:31 pm  |  24 responses

NBA Lockout Might Send NBA Vets to Asia

The Japan Times‘ Ed Odeven thinks expansion in the young Basketball Japan League should bring more NBA vets to Japan in the near future: “That could opens the door for players to seek employment elsewhere, especially if the lockout becomes a long, drawn-out affair. [...] With four new clubs joining the bj-league next season, more roster spots will open up for imports, too, including those who have spent quality time in the NBA Development League, which a growing number of current bj-league stars have played in. ‘If Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Kenny Satterfield and Robert Swift continue to play well, of course there will eventually be more former NBA players coming here,’ a league insider told The Japan Times last week. ‘It’s just that now they will first try the NBADL, Europe, other leagues, and then when their value drops to a certain point, they will join the bj-league. But to get guys recently released or available in the case of a lockout is a long shot. Very, very long shot. Right now the bj-league isn’t even in the same discussion with the JBL and the KBL, much less the CBA in China, which has been aggressively pursuing and signing former NBA players (including Stephon Marbury last season).’”

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  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Actually on a slightly not related topic: On the ‘OneHD’ Sports channel in Australia, the commentators brought up a discussion point that ALLEN IVERSON might be playing in AUSTRALIA after his Turkey Tour!!!!!
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    Anyone else see this? I’ll have the link through moderation as we speak!

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre
  • http://google c_cantrell

    ^awesome lol

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Why do they insist on calling it the bj league? Barkley iss driving there now……. …….. …… .. And they would go to china before japan.

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

    ^^^^^LMAO

  • childish

    “bj-league”…hehehe

  • BBaller

    @ Darce,
    I heard that about Iverson too. However i think he was just quoted as saying “he heard Sydney was a cool city to live in”. I would love to see him in the violet and gold, but as you know, how much are the Kings able to pay him. $300 – $400 thousand per year if that so the reality of him playing down the road is pretty slim.Maybe in Melbourne but Sydney has zero money to sign anybody.Ever.5135 average attendance in Sydney is the NBL’s highest but the NRL and cricket just dominate.

  • BBaller

    That is due to the majority of sports fans in Australia only getting behind the teams that win( Glory hunters) or the sports that Aussies are good at.Very fickle. For example swimming,Rugby League and Cricket. Some of the most mind numbingly boring sports ever but are popular because we succeed in them.Why the socceroos are ignored every 3 years and 300 days in between world cups.Lots of attention during qualifying but as soon as they lose, dropped like a bad habit.I thought the Kings success in the early 2000s would have propelled BBall further but it only made Melbourne weaker. Which is not good as Melbourne has delivered our better players and needs to be well established.Will BBall ever become Australia’s number one sport? That’s my plan.

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

    If I was in the NBA but not a superstar, I’d definitely go play during the lockout. I’m sure even Boobie Gibson could star in that league without even being in NBA-shape. I mean, it’d basically be a paid vacation with generous per diems and I’d play ball a few times a week.

  • BBaller

    And by luring significant names like Iverson or other NBA vets is a great start.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    It’s a lifestyle here in Australia, relatively unmatched. I think Oprah did more for us than “The Answer” could.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Australia has become very “American-ised” and I don’t mean that in a bad way…infact the things I LOVE about the USA STILL aren’t here… Dr Pepper on the regular, In&OutBurger, cheap bball footwear etc… I mean to say that the similarities that U.S. society project sit quite well with our “little brother mentality” here as a culture….. PLUS we don’t tip!

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I would like to think that our NBL+the Australian lifestyle could be a draw-card for some 2nd tier stars (which is where I would still class A.I, seeing as he can apparently still drawer a crowd even in NBA circles…?) if a lockout was to begin.
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    * A.C. Earl (Washington, Celtics)
    * Darnell Mee (Nuggets)
    * Will Blalock (Pistons, Hawks?)

    Here are some (admittedly ‘lower-level’) former NBA guys that come to mind easily that have gotten burn in Australia in the past.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Dacre, you are making me look like a very smart guy…

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    ^ I know, that pair of thick glasses I’ve drawn on your facebook picture do you wonders.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    I like how this thread got stolen from being about to Asia’s most irrelevant basketball league to being about Australia’s most irrelevant sporting league. Top work.
    Also, if you use the phrase ‘little brother mentality’ in reference to me again, Dacre, I will find where you live and beat you up.

  • http://philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    @Dacre:
    My mans…

  • pistol

    It’s called the BJ league here because the benefits for foreign ballers in Japan are quite, ummm….unique! Seriously.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    The BJ league… where every game has a…happy ending?

  • BBaller

    In sporting circles and economic policy, Australia is regarded as within the Asia pacific, so there is relevance to discuss Australia for this story.
    Why the hate UGH? Save it for non BBall fans

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    If they come, i will go watch them play.
    Same angle is in play in Germany where Bayern Munich , the 2nd league team primed to be promoted to the BBL next season has high hopes of snagging Dirk for a few weeks during the lockout-to-be.
    Would be quite the coup.

  • a_whiteman

    No shot nba players will play in europe during the lockout just like the nhl players did during their lockout a few years back.

  • T-Money

    i remember n.o.r.e. saying that japanese chicks were giving dome like crazy on tour over there.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    @BBaller: Why would I hate on non-bball fans? That’s just plain stupid.

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