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NBA Players to Europe: Leverage, Boredom, Need, or Stupidity? - Aug 31, 2011


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TANGO CASH
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Approximately 50 players from 2010-11 NBA rosters are expected to play overseas.

On the surface, players are saying, 'We don't need the NBA in order to make a living. So we can stand for our priciples while we wait for the owners to wilt.'

Owners may be saying, 'You have demonstrated your willingness to play this game in Europe for 10 cents on the dollar? Next time your contract is up, I remind you that you have re-established your bottom line. '

Looks like we have an argument for leverage: for both sides!

In almost every case, the European salaries are far less than what they could earn in the NBA. Furthermore, many players are going to Europe with only partial disability insurance coverage, seriously risking injury and loss of future income.

Why would a player go to Europe for 10 cents on the dollar without full disability coverage?

Leverage? I doubt it.

The answer is more likely boredom. Basketball players aren't happy unless they compete. The Pro-Am is only a tide-me-over. Very few players have the discipline to hire a professional trainer and ride out the lockout. At first, scoring 57 point in a Pro-Am game is cool. But, athletes need more. Competition... Fame...Reporters...Headlines...Twitter.

Another approach: NBA players have such a high lifestyle and do such a poor job managing their finances, that many need the $$$ just to get through the lockout. That is hard to imagine, but just refer to Eddy Curry and Antoine Walker.
  



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