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11-17-2011, 02:05 PM
There’s also the flip side of playing overseas. It is no vacation. Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson, also playing for Zalgiris, struggled to get playing time and complained on Twitter, “I coulda sat home and played NBA 2k12 and got the same thing accomplished that we did in practice.” For as many successful international lockout ventures as we’ve seen, we’ve also seen some spectacular flops. Cleveland’s J.J. Hickson lasted one game in Israel before leaving. Spurs forward DeJuan Blair left his Russian team after four games. Chandler Parsons, DaJuan Summers, Earl Clark—all have said bon voyage to their international teams after brief stints.

Cavaliers guard Anthony Parker has a long history in Europe—he played five very successful years in Israel and one in Italy. Remembering those years, he said, “It’s probably not for everyone. It takes an adjustment, but it was really an enjoyable experience for me and my family. But I can see where some people would not be able to make that adjustment.”

That’s a concern that international teams have at this point. Players who jumped overseas early, the thinking goes, are more invested in playing for their new team and more likely to take the job seriously. Players who are jumping now are doing so only because they want to make some money during the lockout. “That’s the attitude of a lot of teams,” the agent said. “They’re saying, ‘Where were you a few months ago?’”

A few months ago, of course, there was the hope that the NBA season would have started by now. That remains the No. 1 option for NBA players. With options overseas dwindling, it might remain so.

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Hellcrooner
11-17-2011, 02:20 PM
The ironic thing is Ty Lawson is complaining bout the euro game being more Phisical and Tough.
Arent Euros supposed to be soft acording to fans?

Hellcrooner
11-17-2011, 02:31 PM
THings players may not like in europe.

Only 1 or 2 games per week wich means you TRAIN tactical aspects more time than in usa with less phisical training.

Unless the city you are going to play against away is really far from yours you make the travel on Bus/train instead of Plane.

Planes are regular flights ( they travel first class anyway) instead of private plane.

No star calls AT ALL, wich hurts them stats.

Adjusting to team defense and REAL zone defense being allowed wich makes the game tougher for guards and forwards.

Adjsuting to the last play not being awarded to the star but the best shooter or the hotter hand that night regardless wich player is.


10 Men rotation wich doesnt allow you to play more than 18-22 mpg wich hurts stats.

TEam play as opposed to Star play, no isolations , try to look for the open man, it takes time to adjust and of course it hurts stats/ego.

Discipline by coaches, coaches are high in the Pyramid of hierarchy, players may be displeased because coach has the last word as opposed to nba where stars can do waht they want and a Deron can end a 20+ years coach career just moaning.

Multigoal, Instead of being just ONE winner for the season you can win multiple trophys, the cup, the national league, the european competition ( there is more than one, Uleb, Euroleague) wich may make it confusing for them.

Adjustments to food? .....altough you can find McD or BK or Pizza H or whatever anywhere where theres a team to be honest.

Deppending the country the time schedules can be a problem, example spain
wake up adnn breakfast at 8 :00 LUNCH at 15:00 dinner at 22:00

Monthly pay instead of weekly.

Some teams pay late, some even dont pay you until you are gone ( not many of them but thats one of the downside of free market some teams sometime try to put in their mouths more that they can really chew).

Lower budget teams of the leagues, Specially if you are not in spain, greece or italy dont have modern arenas with good facilitys in teh gym, sauna etc etc.

Fear of opposing teams fans, you can feel Phisicaly menaced in greece or turkey, fans burning fires inside the arena , offensive chanfs, coin throwing, stones at the team bus etc etc.

Tom Stone
11-17-2011, 02:35 PM
The ironic thing is Ty Lawson is complaining bout the euro game being more Physical and Tough.
Aren't Euros supposed to be soft according to fans?

Yeah that is weird......it has something to do with the way refs call things....in the NBA the game is called really tight and Euro ball it is called more loose...you can get away with a lot more in Euro.(contact wise)

Hellcrooner
11-17-2011, 02:38 PM
Yeah that is weird......it has something to do with the way refs call things....in the NBA the game is called really tight and Euro ball it is called more loose...you can get away with a lot more in Euro.(contact wise)

The difference is zone defense being allowed, team defense focus and NO star calls AT ALL.

In fiba game there is not this **** of " having your star player limited his PT because of fouls or fouling out is a bad investement dollar wise" wich stern implemented.

ink
11-17-2011, 02:38 PM
The ironic thing is Ty Lawson is complaining bout the euro game being more Phisical and Tough.
Arent Euros supposed to be soft acording to fans?

Exactly.

FWIW I have no problem with NBA players going to Euroleague. It would improve their overall game. It would also open their eyes and minds.

NYKalltheway
11-18-2011, 08:31 AM
I love that post by Crooner with all the differences. Best part: Dinner @ 2200, Mediteranean **** yeah :D