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Dwight Howard would choose China over Europe?

Jul 13, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

Dwight Howard

This is a hypothetical exercise, Dwight Howard is not going to play overseas. He may say he is open to it but there is only in infinitesimal chance Dwight Howard would actually lace up the Adidas. The fact is he is on the verge of a huge new contract — the max under whatever the new labor deal allows — and he is not going to risk that by risking injury overseas. He’s not going.

But back to our hypothetical. If Howard were to play overseas, where would he go? What he told Spanish publication Marca may surprise (translation by Hoopshype).

MARCA: If you play overseas, I have the hunch that you would choose China rather than Europe.

Dwight Howard: Yes, I think China has more options. I’ve thought about it, but not in depth. The issue is the potential of injury.

Why China? It’s about the money. It’s always about the money.

Dwight Howard is one of maybe half a dozen true international NBA stars, the icons people know in other countries. China is the biggest market in the world, and right now Kobe owns it (he has his own Chinese Web site, his on charity foundation for China, and remember how LeBron marveled at the media crush on Kobe at the Beijing Olympics).

Everyone wants a piece of that market. Dwight Howard wants a piece of that market. That’s why China. Cue Mars Blackmon — It’s got to be the shoes. And selling the shoes in China, the most populous nation on the planet, the largest potential shoe market on the planet.

Really, he should just hook up with Kobe’s barnstorming tour.

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