|China to benefit in big way from NBA lockout|
|Written by Administrator|
|Thursday, 10 November 2011 10:12|
With the current NBA lockout now entering its fourth month and threatening to cancel a large portion of the NBA season, several players have already committed to play in China, and several others are contemplating going overseas and playing as well.
Three players from the Denver Nuggets have already opted to play in China. Kenyon Martin now plays for Xinjiang Gyang Hui, while Wilson Chandler and J.R. Smith play for Zhejiang Guangsha. Yi Jianlian, who became an unrestricted free agent after the Washington Wizards declined to extend his $5.4 million qualifying offer for next season, is also headed back to his homeland.
The big draw for NBA players who decide to play in China is that they are offered an opt-out clause, which would allow them to return to the States if the NBA lockout is resolved. For the players and for China, it’s an absolute win-win situation. China gets to market the sport of basketball by using NBA stars without actually having to deal with the NBA, and the players are making money during the extended lockout time. The popularity of basketball has boomed in China, with approximately three hundred million citizens now involved in the sport.
So while the NBA may be dark for the time being, basketball is shining quite brightly in China.