There is a plan in place for many of the NBA Superstars to exploit their popularity through a World Tour of sorts later in the year. The plan is that players including Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Pau Gasol and my favourite Chris Paul could be coming to Australia in late 2011. They would come to the city of Melbourne where they would play three exhibition games all at Rod Laver Arena, none in my home town of Sydney.
Quote from Craig Hutchinson of FoxSports.com.au
NBA players – including Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol – are among an All-Star team that is willing to play a tour of Australia.
It is understood the plan includes three All-Star matches at Rod Laver Arena in late 2011.
At least two sponsors have committed to back the tour and insurance issues – tipped to cost more than $1 million for the star-laden team.
This is big news, not just for the Australian basketball scene and the NBL, but also to the lockout and the NBA. It’s been heavily speculated what many of the players will be doing in the event of a lockout. Some have predicated a mass exodus to Europe, others to the now closed window of China.
If the players are indeed planning on coming to Australia it could signal how the star players plan on making an income. Some of the lesser known players of the NBA are planning on going to Europe with opt-out clauses.
The fact remains that the income from these events wouldn’t be anywhere near the amount they’d get if they were to play in the NBA. The players still have to realise that if a season is lost, then they’ll be losing money. Most of these guys have to wake up to the reality that they are getting paid a lot more money than most professional athletes around the world.