I took a nice needed month off from the world of the NBA. I’m back to cover the pathetic NBA lockout. Perhaps, the most hilarious thang to date is the fact that Deron Williams has inked a deal with Besiktas to play in Turkey. Allen Iverson was a trend setter and didn’t even know it. He isn’t the only one to converge on the other continent. One of our local heros, Ryan Thompson, is heading over to Italy to take place in the increased competition. Ryan is the younger brother of Jason Thompson the PF of the Sac Kings. Ryan played in the D-League last year and hoped to land on a NBA roster. However, with no NBA, and multiple players signing in the European Leagues he figures why not take a shot to improve his game. It ain’t like the D-League is getting any better without the NBA to feed!
The bottom line is that the typical NBA player hasn’t stashed a large amount of cash. So they are going to be hungry to cash in on any opportunity. Granted, Kobe’s interest in Europe is shocking. But to team up on Besiktas with Williams making a cool 1 million a month—- seems obvious enough to me! Besiktas is turning themselves into a household name. When push comes to shove I personally believe Kobe is truly posturing and trying to call David Stern’s bluff. Granted, I believe the rest of the mid level NBA players are not. Deron Williams may be the biggest free agent signing overseas but he will not be alone. Don’t forget much of that money comes tax free….
Today was just a taste. Tomorrow is the full buffet!