Friday , Oct , 24 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

David Stern Not Worried about Losing Players to Europe


David Stern Not Worried about Losing Players to EuropeBut Stern played down the idea that top talent would leave the NBA for outrageous dollars overseas, following a summer in which some lower-level players bolted for contracts they could never get here.

"I guess if they want to induce NBA players at salaries that exceed the budget of the team to play in games that 1,000 to 5,000 people will go to, they’re free to do that and there will be one or two players that will benefit greatly from it," said Stern, who will be in Oklahoma City on Wednesday for the Thunder’s first regular-season home game since the franchise relocated from Seattle and changed its name after last season.

"And it’s good if you’re a player to know that that option exists," he said.ESPN

Is David Stern right?  Will the best players always be happy with NBA money, or could the lure of a ridiculous payday eventually result in star players signing abroad?  Let us know what you think in the comment box.