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Don’t look for Stoudemire to join tour of China

Jul 5, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

Amare Stoudemire

We were telling you about some potential barnstorming tours of China by NBA players if the lockout extends into the next season, the brainchild of agents trying to grow the brand of their clients when there are no games.

We also told you, it’s not that simple. There’s the whole Chinese Government thing, insurance and a host of other logistical challenges.

That was enough to have Amar’e Stoudemire, rumored to be part of the tours, not sounding so interested, according to Adam Zagoria of Sportsnet New York.

“I doubt it happens,” the source said. “Much too complicated. We will see if it’s real and make sense. Hopefully, the owners and players’ association will come to an agreement sooner than later.”

There are a lot of moving parts to pull together to make this happen. And in an ideal world any work the agents put in would be blown up by the players and owners reaching a deal that allows the full NBA season to go on as planned. Just not convinced we live in an ideal world.

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