Tuesday , Aug , 30 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Cousins: ‘the whole NBA might be in Europe’

Like Green, most have negotiated opt-out clauses that would free them to honor existing NBA contracts, or to sign a new one, once the labor impasse is over. “Pretty soon, the whole NBA might be in Europe,” said Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins, who says he’s examining overseas options as well.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: DeMarcus Cousins is wrong.

The whole NBA will not cross the Atlantic Ocean for big money in Europe. Most NBA players won’t find work abroad if there isn’t a new collective bargaining agreement.

Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain are broke. They have little money, so owners will struggle to pay anything near NBA wages.

Suppose owners could afford to dole out millions for an American player. Would they want to?

After all, the European game is different. Teams and systems are far more important than individuals and statistics.Many American players can’t adjust.

And European coaches wouldn’t want a roster of half-committed Yankees’, who were bidding their time until they could return to America.

Cousins and the players shouldn’t overplay their hand.

–Oly Sandor.

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