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Parker's lockout plan: France or nothing

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07:59 AM ET 08.17 | Admitting there "is always a lot of money in China," Tony Parker instead appears to be ticketed to France. [Parker] shot down the idea of playing in China in the event that the ongoing NBA lockout cuts into the 2011-12 schedule. "My agent talked about China a little bit," Parker said. ... "But for me I just want to focus on the national team, that's most important for me. "I'm not going to take any decision until the end of September, after the European Championships. I want to see if I'm healthy, if I'm hurt and by then we will also know a lot more what is happening with the situation of the lockout. If I play (abroad), I will definitely play in France, for my fans, for my team, ASVEL."

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August 17, 2011  09:27 AM ET

Makes sense. The guy is part owner and vice president of a French team. Why not play for them?

August 17, 2011  09:32 AM ET

A chacun son gout, Bro.

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August 17, 2011  11:25 AM ET
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These players can't even make up their own mind. Is it Europe or is it China? Changes everyday.

on contraire mon ami, we shouldn't forget about Turkey ...

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August 17, 2011  01:30 PM ET

I think this is less about leverage, and more about players wanting to get paid. If the NBA isn't playing and paying, then they have to find some income somewhere. Of course, they can't get the same money elsewhere, but $1.5 to $2 million a month for a star is STILL nice money to play basketball. There will be some players that feel that, hey, finally I'm good for a while so I don't have to play. Other guys simply want to play somewhere, because that's what they do for a living. When the NBA opens back up for business, they'll all be right back here. There won't be a mass exudus to foreign leagues because only stars or very good players will get offers. I'm sure tons more players would be playing elsewhere if they had the opportunity, because the lower paid players are REALLY hurting, and would need to recoup something wherever they can.

August 17, 2011  01:31 PM ET
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That's why the owners are not budging. There's no reason for the owners to have a season this year.

Guam, you hate the players.... Why is that?
Sure most of them are overpaid, but the owners put themselves in that position in the first place, right?

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August 17, 2011  02:39 PM ET
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That's why the owners are not budging. There's no reason for the owners to have a season this year.

Coo with me....Give us a break from the Crapfest matter of fact lets take it out for two years then everyone will see how much better NCAA is than the NBA

August 17, 2011  03:39 PM ET
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There aint nothing wrong with taking your talents to the south of france

Amen! Playing pro ball in the south of France is quite a bit different than China. Less money I'm sure but quality of life, second to none.

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August 17, 2011  07:17 PM ET
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These players can't even make up their own mind. Is it Europe or is it China? Changes everyday.

ya think

August 17, 2011  08:16 PM ET
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I think this is less about leverage, and more about players wanting to get paid. If the NBA isn't playing and paying, then they have to find some income somewhere. Of course, they can't get the same money elsewhere, but $1.5 to $2 million a month for a star is STILL nice money to play basketball. There will be some players that feel that, hey, finally I'm good for a while so I don't have to play. Other guys simply want to play somewhere, because that's what they do for a living. When the NBA opens back up for business, they'll all be right back here. There won't be a mass exudus to foreign leagues because only stars or very good players will get offers. I'm sure tons more players would be playing elsewhere if they had the opportunity, because the lower paid players are REALLY hurting, and would need to recoup something wherever they can.

Where do you get $1.5 to $2 million per month? The only player rumored to be offered as much as $1 millon per month is Kobe and he is an extraordinary case.

I think this all bluster by the players and mostly reveals how weak their hand is. No real star is going to chance their $50-100 million NBA payday to make a few million.

 
August 17, 2011  10:16 PM ET

Just go out and play Tony .

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