According to a short blurb found on the popular basketball blog Hoopsworld, Phoenix Suns' point guard Aaron Brooks is supposedly considering an offer from a team in China to come and play overseas during the NBA lockout.  The report also mentions that he is already very popular in China due to playing with his former teammate Yao Ming and his success with the Houston Rockets in the 2009/10 season.

Earlier this week, Brooks also expressed his desire to re-sign with the Suns when interviewed at a Charity Basketball event in Seattle.  However, with the NBA lockout in full effect and no resolution in sight, Brooks like many other players around the league may very well be weighing his options for the near future...Including the possibility of signing overseas.

Although many people have mixed emotions about the possibility of NBA players playing overseas, this could be advantageous for Brooks.  After suffering an injury last season and then coming back with a disappointing performance in both Houston and then Phoenix, Brooks may benefit from the additional playing time.  Time will tell if he ultimately decides to go overseas, but playing in China during the lockout may give him the chance to get comfortable on the court again, and regain his confidence after such a difficult year.

Source:  Hoopsworld 



Football fans everywhere rejoiced Monday when the NFL lockout officially ended with nothing more than one exhibition game missed. That outcome of what was an ugly situation may have provided...

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The International Basketball Federation, also known as FIBA, announced Friday that NBA players currently "under contract" with NBA teams will be allowed to play internationally, with the caveat that they return to the NBA once the lockout ends.

FIBA stated:

"If an NBA player requests to play for a club of a FIBA-affiliated league, the NBA will not object but will state that the player will have to return to his NBA team as soon as the lockout ends. Consequently, FIBA will deliver a letter of clearance subject to the receipt of a declaration signed by the player, stating that he will return to his NBA team when the lockout is over."


While it's obvious that FIBA would welcome NBA-level talent, it is interesting that FIBA is co-operating with a league that can't fix its own problems. This co-operation with the NBA may open the gates for more players to feel comfortable playing overseas. Any leverage that the Player's Association may have gained by having NBA talent go overseas, though, has been lessened by the contractual obligation to return to the NBA. The chance of injury while playing abroad, though perhaps significant, can easily be equated in the owner's minds to the chances of a player injuring themselves in the States playing pick-up basketball or soccer.  

Even though it's a good welcoming sentiment for NBA players thinking about playing abroad, it isn't going to help their cause in the lockout battle. 

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Stay as long as you want, Steve. We kinda like you here.

In a press conference hosted by his sponsor, sportswear brand Luyou, Steve Nash stated unequivocally that he won't play in China during the NBA lockout, saying he wants to stay close to his children rather than play in the Chinese Basketball Association, according to China Daily. "Like I said before, if I did not have three children to take care of I would like to come and play in the CBA," Nash told Chinese media in Shanghai Monday.

Nash went on to pay compliments to Yao Ming's charity work as well as Yao's work on the court, and then announced that he thinks it's unlikely he'll change teams in his quest for the so far elusive championship ring.

"Every player wants the ring. We were very close to it many times. Changing teams may be a way. But I don't think I will join another team; I prefer to stay in Phoenix. Hopefully, we can go further next season," said Nash.

I'm sure the "should we trade Nash?" talk won't end with this, but Nash's repeated public expressions of desire to stay in Phoenix, coupled with Suns President Lon Babby referring to him as the "sun, moon and stars of this franchise" makes it highly unlikely Steve Nash ends his career in any uniform other than a purple and orange Phoenix Suns jersey. I like to take balanced views of things, to see issues rationally and practically, with all their associated complexity and nuance. But, in this case? Nope. I want Steve Nash to play for the Suns for as long as possible, and that's all there is to it.

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