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LeBron, reportedly the one star not “open” to Europe

Jul 22, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

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Chris Paul is the latest NBA star “open” to playing in Europe next season if the NBA lockout drags on. He joins Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and a host of others who are open to the idea.

Personally, I’m open to dating Scarlett Johansson. I’m open to winning the Mega Millions lottery. I’m open to having dinner at Osteria Francescana next time I’m in Italy. Being open to something and it happening are two very different things.

But LeBron James, he reportedly feels differently. So reports Chris Broussard at ESPN.

Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard are among the superstars who are reportedly willing to consider playing overseas. One superstar who, at least for now, is not looking into playing elsewhere is LeBron James, according to sources.

Insert your own joke here about LeBron quitting on that team, too.

That said, this is a nice change of pace. He’s honest, he says he doesn’t want to go. I’m weary of guys who say they are open to playing overseas.

For guys like LeBron (or Kobe or Howard), the risk is too big. The contracts are dramatically smaller in Eure and even if they get a piece of merchandising of jerseys and the like it will pale in comparison to top NBA money. If Deron Williams or Dwight Howard got injured overseas it might not only cost them this year but future deals they are on the doorstep of getting.

Go read Broussard’s entire piece, you get a view that not all agents view their clients playing overseas the same way. You’ll also see that the owners seem to be settling in for a long fight. Which is not good.

  1. florida727 - Jul 22, 2011 at 8:41 AM

    This might be the first, and only, intelligent thing LeBum has done in recent memory. Use the extra time to recoup and recover. Then when (nobody really thinks it’s an “if”, do they?) the NBA gets back to business, he’s fit and ready to put the naysayers in their place. I can’t stand the guy, but even I have to applaud this one.

    • jkmanning18 - Jul 23, 2011 at 2:08 PM

      Don’t think thats true at all. LeChoke/LeBrick doesn’t want to leave his ‘king’ lifestyle while other players go overseas and work hard on their games.

      • jkmanning18 - Jul 23, 2011 at 2:11 PM

        and btw Kurt what the hell is ‘Eure’? You dont think that’s an abbreviation for Europe RIGHT?

  2. RK - Jul 22, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    He actually wants to, but getting a separate passport for his ego has proved to be a real bear.

  3. jthammerstix - Jul 22, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Lebron is garb

  4. southbeachtalent - Jul 22, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Finally, I was feening for a LeBron story…

    Got my fix.

  5. thetooloftools - Jul 22, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    You mean he won’t take his talents overseas?
    That may be his best chance to get a ring… he sure isn’t getting one in the NBA anytime soon.

  6. diablito0402 - Jul 22, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Im getting my fix as well… Well the guy is smart, by not going, he will only be lechoke in the u.s.a only and not be a worldwide lechoke, im sure he dont want that name to go global,,,,

  7. sdm268 - Jul 22, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Wait …. Article does say – SUPERSTARS. Lebron is not one.

  8. danj3678 - Jul 22, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    LeBron, reportedly the one star Kurt Helin must write a story about every single day.

    • tashkalucy - Jul 23, 2011 at 12:05 AM

      He missed a Lebron story yesterday.

      Stop the presses!!!!!!!!!

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