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phlp_bj
08-04-2008, 08:57 AM
Add Carlos Arroyo to the list of NBA players crossing the pond, agreeing yesterday to a 3-year deal in Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv filling the last roster spot for the Euroleague power house. The deal is worth roughly $7.5 million, or $2.5 million per year, almost half what Carlos earned in Orlando last year. Carlos was on Maccabi's radar for some time, and in landing him they locked up their roster. The appeal of the European offers is real virtually tax free money, nice luxury apartments and cars to use while playing for the team, and a much shorter season with fewer games. The idea that a mega-star type player will one day very soon cross the pond is still a bit of stretch, for instance the idea that LeBron James would go to Greece in 2010 is almost insane. LeBron has not achieved any of the goals he set out to achieve and in the next two years it's unlikely he gets two championships, two league MVPs, a scoring title and a defensive player of the year award before July 2010. The real European threat is the middle class in the NBA.


http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=9680

DaddyCool
08-04-2008, 09:25 AM
J-Chill is now the richest athlete in Euro. They can't afford to catch anhy big superstars like LEbron, until maybe like 2030.

The Melky Way
08-04-2008, 12:21 PM
well considering how soccer players over in Europe make ungodly amounts of money compared to athletes in America, in any sport, it is only due time with the rising popularity of basketball over there, that some bigger names cross over.

It will most likely start with a star veteran going over there after they retire from the NBA and cash in big, I wouldn't put it past someone like Jason Kidd to go cash in big overseas once he done in a few seasons.

Ph1lly Diehard
08-04-2008, 12:28 PM
Another one bites the dust.

JWalk126
08-04-2008, 12:44 PM
there is a thread with a similar title in the FIBA forum