With the lockout in place, basketball fans are focusing on hoops being played outside the NBA.
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And since it’s summer, a bevy of NBA players from the Spurs will be participating in the Olympic Qualifiers.
Among them are Manu Ginobili of Argentina who crushed Basque Country in an exhibition game.
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The NBA is set to resume negotiations between owners and the players union on Monday for the first time since the lockout went into place on July 1, but one of the NBA’s biggest stars has negotiations of his own planned for this weekend.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will be in the nation’s capital attending the World Football Challenge featuring Manchester United and F.C. Barcelona at FedEx Field on Saturday and the Mia Hamm-Nomar Garciaparra Celebrity Soccer Challenge on Sunday at Kastles Stadium.
Soccer won’t be the only sport on Bryant’s agenda, however, as the 15-year NBA veteran and his representatives will meet with officials from the Turkish basketball club Besiktas on Saturday, according to a Reuters report.
“At the moment there’s a 50 percent chance that Kobe may come to Turkey,” said Seref Yalcin, head of basketball operations for Besiktas, on Tuesday. Yalcin made the comments to reporters in Turkey, according to Reuters. “Everything will be clearer after the meeting on the 30th [of July].”
As reported by Spurs Nation, the NBA lockout is forcing the league’s players to look for alternate sources of income this summer.
And some appear to be doing quite well, thank you very much.
Three of the league’s biggest stars reportedly made $400,000 apiece for appearances at exhibition games in the Phillipines over the weekend.
SI.com reports that Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose each pocketed the mammoth tax-free checks for playing in exhibition games over the weekend.
The big-money earnings can cut a couple of ways. They are making money after NBA owners have locked them out, making it an “in-your-face statement” to league owners by some of its biggest stars.
But it could also be a devisive element for the players. Some of them will be undergoing financial hardship while the league’s biggest stars will keep rolling in money. That likely won’t be good for union unity as the lockout continues.
With a lockout in effect and NBA players talking about playing in Europe next season, some big stars are getting a taste of basketball overseas.
According to ESPN, league MVP Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul are among those who will be playing exhibition games in the Philippines this weekend, according to multiple media reports.
With the NBA lockout in place, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose will go to Manila for exhibition games.
The games benefit the MVP Sports Foundation, which helps youth sports programs.