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The significant downsides to playing in China

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08:16 AM ET 09.23 | So, just what are Kenyon Martin, Wilson Chandler and J.R. Smith getting themselves into? How would you feel about playing in a league where the players have no power, practices go on for five or six hours on off days, there are bus rides that would make a minor league baseball player wince, and forget about post-game food spreads, or even a good college training table? China still sound inviting? There is a reason the Chinese Basketball Association has the highest turnover rate of foreign players among professional leagues. ... Those Chinese teams pay big money for a short season (it ends in March) and NBA players dream of expanding their name and brand in a massive untapped market in China. Like a 1940s cartoon character, their eyes become dollar signs.

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September 23, 2011  08:26 AM ET

Money is money, what can you say?

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September 23, 2011  09:22 AM ET

surprise J.R. Smith can even get into China ....

For breaksfast, lunch, and dinner .... rice & egg rolls ....

September 23, 2011  10:15 AM ET

The downside is that you will be hungry two hours later, Bro.

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September 23, 2011  12:00 PM ET

the sad thing is you know darn well none of the three of them would be over there if they had saved a dime over the past few yrs.

September 23, 2011  12:05 PM ET

NBA players dream of expanding their name and brand in a massive untapped market in China

oh, come on. show me a guy going to china for this season and i'll show you a guy who hasn't saved any of his nba money. idiots.

September 23, 2011  12:15 PM ET
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The downside is that you will be hungry two hours later, Bro.

Poorly prepared dog will do that...

September 23, 2011  02:15 PM ET

It'll be a good experience for them seeing how other players live and how the NBA truly spoiled them.

September 23, 2011  02:17 PM ET
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NBA players dream of expanding their name and brand in a massive untapped market in Chinaoh, come on. show me a guy going to china for this season and i'll show you a guy who hasn't saved any of his nba money. idiots.

So true. that makes them even more pathetic. JR Smith has too take less money to fly half way across the world to pay his bills, even though he made 50$ million over his career. can't believe that K Mart is following suit. How much did that fool make? Close to 100$ million for doing little or nothing on the court.

September 23, 2011  03:03 PM ET
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If KMart can go to China then all these other superstars who are scaring the owners should go there now. What's the freaking hold up? The NBA is not good enough for you guys anyways....just go

Most have been treated like divas since they hit puberty.

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September 24, 2011  02:18 AM ET

There are significant downsides to playing in China, and one of them is haveing this bum on your team.

September 24, 2011  03:07 AM ET
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I have 2:1 odds that at least 2 out of those 3 will either be deported or in some chineese prison by jan 1

I'll take those odds ;-) !!!!!

September 24, 2011  03:08 AM ET
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Poorly prepared dog will do that...

So will well-prepared dog!

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September 24, 2011  01:14 PM ET
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It'll be a good experience for them seeing how other players live and how the NBA truly spoiled them.

Well said.

September 24, 2011  04:18 PM ET

Why so many negative comments? The NBA is locked out and these guys are looking at other opportunities. In the era of globalization and corporations going to China making billions of dollars, what exactly is wrong with NbA players going there?

 
September 24, 2011  06:17 PM ET
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Why so many negative comments? The NBA is locked out and these guys are looking at other opportunities. In the era of globalization and corporations going to China making billions of dollars, what exactly is wrong with NbA players going there?

Nothing is wrong. Its just a matter of a totally different lifestyle. The question is, will they be willing to adapt?
It's harder than it sounds, and I have been to China multiple times (on business).

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