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asandhu23
07-09-2011, 03:11 AM
EW LENOX, Ill. (AP)—Dwyane Wade could see himself and other NBA stars eyeing an overseas contract if the lockout drags on, just like New Jersey’s Deron Williams.

Williams was discussing a deal with Turkish team Besiktas, and Wade would consider playing in Europe at some point if the NBA situation is not settled.

“We’ve known that the lockout was a possibility for the last couple of years,” he said. “It’s not just something that came overnight. (Williams) didn’t wake up and say, ‘All right, go play in Turkey.’ Obviously, this is something that he felt that if a lockout was to last a long time, ‘I would consider playing.’ It’s because of the game. He wants to play the game, wants to play it at a high level, and if we can’t play in the NBA, he’s going to take that opportunity to try to play somewhere else. Hopefully, we don’t get to that point, but if we do, I’m sure a lot of guys will possibly explore it.”

And Wade made it clear: He could be in that group.

“”If there’s an opportunity there, I’d consider it,” he said.

The Miami Heat guard spoke Friday at a suburban Chicago high school where he and Bears star Devin Hester(notes) were running basketball and football camps the past two days.

Like Wade, Hester is locked out, and with practices scheduled to begin July 23, the clock is ticking. The Bears would report to training camp in Bourbonnais, Ill., a week earlier than most because they’re playing St. Louis in the Hall of Fame game Aug. 7 in Canton, Ohio.

“If we play Friday and the lockout ends Tuesday, it’s going to take a day and half for us to get to the dorm room and settle in,” Hester said. “That’s an extra day and a half. If we get at least a week and a half to prepare, I think that (would be enough time).”

The Hall of Fame game is actually scheduled for a Sunday, but either way, his point was clear—the Bears need time to prepare.

For now, everything remains up in the air.

An appeals court on Friday threw out a judge’s order lifting the NFL lockout, giving the owners a victory. Meanwhile, commissioner Roger Goodell and players’ union chief DeMaurice Smith were meeting for a second straight day at a Manhattan law firm.

With the lockout wiping out organized team activities, Hester and the offensive skill players have been working out three times a week with quarterback Jay Cutler(notes) acting as the de-facto coach. He said that “helped a lot” as the Bears try to build on last year’s run to the NFC title game, but the offense remains a huge question mark entering the second season with Mike Martz as coordinator.

There are issues on the line and at wide receiver, and time with the coaches certainly wouldn’t hurt. Whether they’ll get that soon remains to be seen.

For all the signs that a deal could be close, Hester has his doubts.

“You’re hearing two sides to the story,” he said. “You don’t know the truth. You’ve got your team advisers telling you that the lockout, whatever they’re saying, is negative. And then you hear the TV saying that they just met, it seems like something’s getting done. You’re head’s just spinning. You don’t know what to do. I try not to get involved. I’m going to get ready so when the time comes and I get the phone call, I’m ready.”

As for the NBA, there’s little optimism.

Both sides appear to be digging in for a long fight, a major setback for a league that says it’s bleeding money despite all the excitement brought on by last summer’s free-agent craze and a thrilling run on the court that ended with the Dallas Mavericks beating Wade and the Heat for the championship.

This time last year, Wade was staying in Miami and forming a superstar trio with LeBron James and Chris Bosh after being courted by his hometown Bulls. The Heat struggled at times during the season, but turned it on in the playoffs, beating Derrick Rose and top-seeded Chicago in the Eastern Conference finals before falling to Dallas.

“We fell short of our goal,” Wade said. “But that’s not going to define our lives. We have more basketball to play.”

Question is: When?

And if the lockout drags on, at what point does Wade start looking overseas?

“I don’t know,” he said. “Our season just ended. I’ve got awhile before I start thinking about that. I’ll leave it up to the powers that be, the people behind the scenes, to worry about that.”


http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=AtMr3LKuaQ3gMINVj9Tdqe28vLYF?slug=ap-wadehestercamps

Will LeBron take his talents down to France?

SMH!
07-09-2011, 03:25 AM
The whole league wants to play in Europe

3ballbomber
07-09-2011, 07:59 AM
I hope Wade & more others will play in Europe. If the owners & Stern wanna play games playin' this hardball crap then screw 'em. No talent, no NBA. The NBA need players more than players need the league.

jiggin
07-09-2011, 09:06 AM
These players better be careful over there...if they end up hurt in any way shape or form and are unable to live up to the NBA contacts, there is going to be a BIG issue.

The more stars that jump ship to play over seas the greater likely hood someone ends up hurt from it.

jiggin
07-09-2011, 09:08 AM
The whole league wants to play in Europe

well, that is what they want you and the owners to hear. They don't have to worry cause they can get jobs paying just as much elsewhere...right?

we all know they guys want to play in the NBA, not in Turkey or Europe. They just want you to think they will be just as happy there as here...

jiggin
07-09-2011, 09:09 AM
I hope Wade & more others will play in Europe. If the owners & Stern wanna play games playin' this hardball crap then screw 'em. No talent, no NBA. The NBA need players more than players need the league.

this statement is so wrong on so many different levels...:facepalm:

3ballbomber
07-09-2011, 09:22 AM
this statement is so wrong on so many different levels...:facepalm:
elaborate

3ballbomber
07-09-2011, 09:24 AM
These players better be careful over there...if they end up hurt in any way shape or form and are unable to live up to the NBA contacts, there is going to be a BIG issue.

The more stars that jump ship to play over seas the greater likely hood someone ends up hurt from it.
lol you really think injuries are their main concern? reason why Derron Williams & Wade are even thinking about it is because they just want to play ball, willing to be paid less than what they are earning in the the NBA to do so.

mttwlsn16
07-09-2011, 09:40 AM
I hope Wade & more others will play in Europe. If the owners & Stern wanna play games playin' this hardball crap then screw 'em. No talent, no NBA. The NBA need players more than players need the league.

this exactly. i hope a bunch of star players all go play overseas if the lockout isnt resolved...shove it up stern and the owners @$$ and we'll still get to watch good basketball with a lot of players we're familiar with

3ballbomber
07-09-2011, 09:45 AM
^that's what i'm talkin' bout!

cheetos185
07-09-2011, 10:45 AM
I hope Wade & more others will play in Europe. If the owners & Stern wanna play games playin' this hardball crap then screw 'em. No talent, no NBA. The NBA need players more than players need the league.

there will always be rookies from college veterans who are ring chasing who care about nba ring more than some euro cups it's not just about few nba stars

LongWayFromHome
07-09-2011, 10:46 AM
this statement is so wrong on so many different levels...:facepalm:

What he means is...

If the league truly isn't making money than the owners will be more profitable by the NBA not even existing any more than to play the 2011-12 season under current CBA. So if the NBA ceased to exist, 23 of the 30 owners would be better off financially and lets face it players aren't gonna make nearly as much coin in europe - some will, but most won't.

dnewguy
07-09-2011, 11:18 AM
I am against that.

Punk
07-09-2011, 11:22 AM
So, this lockout will end soon then.

thephoenixson28
07-09-2011, 11:46 AM
lol you really think injuries are their main concern? reason why Derron Williams & Wade are even thinking about it is because they just want to play ball, willing to be paid less than what they are earning in the the NBA to do so.I agree with everything you say but what i find funny is the NBA players are willing to play over seas for less money, but wont take a paycutt in the NBA and risking injury.

Tony_Starks
07-09-2011, 12:11 PM
The more superstar players are willing to go overseas the more it will motivate the owners to quit being unreasonable. It's not about injuries, people are going to twist ankles, get bruised knees... whatever. Thats just the name of the game. Guess what, they have training staff over there just like the NBA does.

The main thing is leverage. The owners are basically saying "we have enough money to wait this out until you come crawling back." This move basically tells the owners "we can wait as long as you can, and in the end you may lose some players for years in the process..."

It's all a big poker game.

Ggravity2
07-09-2011, 12:19 PM
Wade is smart for deciding to play in Europe. All the superstars should play in Europe