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Report: NBA stars exhibition tour a go, starts in Puerto Rico Saturday

Oct 25, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

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It’s on.

Eighteen NBA stars — led by Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard — will be on a two-week exhibition tour of the world. It will start this Saturday in Puerto Rico, a stop that was in doubt 48 hours ago but now everything seems to be a go.

That is according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo, who said the formal announcement will follow on Tuesday.

The tour will begin in Puerto Rico and is scheduled to continue to London, Macau and Melbourne, Australia. Organizers are considering adding a fifth city to the tour, sources said, and are doing some last-minute tinkering with the other stops and dates.

Players such as Dwyane Wade(notes), Kevin Garnett(notes), Carmelo Anthony(notes), Rajon Rondo(notes) and Kevin Love(notes)have been promised as participants to tour promoters.

There is supposed to be some kind of international television broadcast, for those that want to watch. What we will get in the United States — my guess is live streaming online — remains to be seen.

This is a chance for the players to make some money, rumored to be six figures at least for all the players and up to $1 million for a few elite.

This is not going to work as a “see, the players can make money without the NBA” bargaining tool because there are 430 NBA players not on this tour and not benefititng. Was there ever a doubt that the elite players in the league could make a few extra bucks?

But for the players involved it is a chance to expand their global brand, which does matter.

  1. g3risingstars - Oct 25, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    This is not going to work as a “see, the players can make money without the NBA” bargaining tool because there are 430 NBA players not on this tour and not benefiting. Was there ever a doubt that the elite players in the league could make a few extra bucks?

    The other 430 players will be benefiting, any player going through financial difficulty will be covered by Kobe and other elite players as already stated. The players are ready for this. If the owners want to play hard ball, your going to find out real quick what the players have up their sleeves. Owner keep this up everyone will be saying NBA who? Filing for bankruptcy while new teams, new markets are created and strong player ownership. The NBA is only successful because of their players. Who wants to go to an arena and watch owners in their sky boxes? Tough sale. Owners keep it up if you will. Playing with fire. Simple as that.

  2. jimsjam33 - Oct 25, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    Isn’t it strange how a tour staring the NBA’s best and highest paid players was organized at a whim and promises these players salaries in the 6 figure to 7 figure dollar range. The same players who are the reason for the stike to began with . I find it absolutely cruel that players who are nothing more than fringe don’t get to participate . Greed Greed Greed ! I think these prima donna’s are going to find that people don’t want cameo appearances at luxury prices . I hope the organizers take a bath and the players use the left over soap because this whole scenario stinks to high heaven .

  3. thetooloftools - Oct 25, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    And I’ll bet you see over 120 points a game as nobody will play defense. This is NOT the NBA. The NBA makes the players, the players don’t make the game. The money is already out of control and players are way overpaid. These little “games” mean nothing. I MEAN NOTHING.
    What.. the owners are going to cave because you play a few exhibition games?
    KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK… Hello… the real NBA fan here.
    I want to see every team have a financial chance to compete. The longer those teams are in the playoffs the more fan interest their will be and the higher the BRI will go. What? Who doesn’t understand that.
    I guess the players don’t want to play hard all season long and would rather team up like the Lakers, (Gasol) the Heat (resigning Wade and getting Bosh and James) Knicks (getting Stoudimire and Melo), like the Celtics “magically” getting that deal together when Danny’s head was on the block.
    The owners need to take back the game.
    The NBA cannot afford any more phoney trades and bull crap to make bigger market teams competitive through financial imbalance.

  4. thetooloftools - Oct 25, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Oh.. and by the way.. before you BANG on me… I’m the guy who would stay awake to watch the West Coast game on TNT or TBS.
    Just so you know.

  5. kandh2004 - Oct 26, 2011 at 12:52 AM

    I love how these players are doing it in other countries. I know that they are trying to expand the global mark but please when does the ratings come from different countries. We (and I mean the US citizen) make this league and these rich, spoiled, cry baby players want to be globe trotting while people who work at the venues can’t work cause KG want to give a stare. I used to absolutely love basketball (collage and pro) but as long as you have these players who make millions upon millions and crying that they can’t give back more to help the sport I know I’m gone I just hope more “real” fans leave to

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