The NBA players are locked out, and it’s looking like it’s going to be a long one. But even though they’re not playing ball, those players still have to make a living; and while some have taken to things like television studio sets, others have kept true to their passion and have simply looked elsewhere to take up the game. So, which players will be heading overseas to play basketball during the lockout?
The biggest on the list of names confirmed to go overseas to play is Reggie Williams, former forward for the Golden State Warriors. Williams is set to play in the Spanish league this year and with a million dollar buyout clause, he’s most likely going to remain in that league even should the NBA start up again sometime this year.
Joining Williams in the Spanish league will be Kyle Singler, second round pick of the Detroit Pistons although he’s not the highest draft choice that will be going over to start their careers in another country; Nikola Vucevic, who was chosen as 16th overall, will be going back to his home country, Montenegro, to play.
Omri Casspi, forward for the Cavaliers, is rumored to maybe going over to France to play, although nothing has been confirmed. And, murmurings are also going around that if the lockout should go on for a significant portion of the year, Tony Parker will also join Casspi in the French league.
So far, there is no trend for any of the bigger names in ball to go overseas to play. If you want to catch Chris Bosch or Carmelo Anthony, the closest you’ll get this year is Law & Order. And if you want to catch Kevin Love, you’ll have to head the professional volleyball court, as that’s how he’s spending his time. And what about the biggest names like Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade? Well, it seems they’re using the time off as just that.