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With the NBA lockout in full effect, the common theme within the basketball blogosphere has been how NBA fans will get their fix. While some blogs have toyed with the idea that the players could look to form their own league in the absence of the NBA, the current reports would suggest that a “China Basketball Tour” seem far more likely. Via the Los Angeles Times:

There are preliminary talks about a basketball tour to China this summer — and perhaps beyond — in which the Lakers superstar, who has called China a “home away from home” and has an enormous following there, would be the headliner with several other NBA stars forming two or three barnstorming teams.

Bryant and his agent Rob Pelinka are trying to put together the tour, said Minnesota Timberwolves rookie forward Derrick Williams, who also is represented by Pelinka.”

The current info from NiuBBall.com, has the Wasserman Media Group, which represents 45 players including NBA MVP Derrick Rose, setting up a basketball tour in China “for a four-team, three city tour that would last in between two and three weeks.”

While China’s 300-400 million NBA fans would be a great source of revenue for the players during the lockout, the odds of a basketball “barnstorming tour” begin to dwindle once China’s governmental limitations are considered.

With potentially the biggest market in the world, China remains cautious at the idea of simply opening up the floodgates to foreign businesses who are solely concerned with their own profits. Thus, any ideas involving a “China Basketball Tour” or a “China Contingency League” must be viewed by the government as beneficial towards the development of Chinese basketball….

Thus, if the Chinese government doesn’t feel that an NBA exhibition tour will benefit the development of Chinese basketball — i.e. that it won’t bring China closer to their goal of an Olympic gold medal — then there simply won’t be an NBA exhibition tour – even if it features NBA MVP Derrick Rose.”

While still in the preliminary stages, a basketball tour of China seems unlikely without heavy involvement from the Chinese government. Instead of four teams of All-NBA talent, the infusion of Chinese players to help develop the national team is highly likely.

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  • laffsatu

    can he PLEASE  stay  there…..thank-you.

    • Anonymous

      ohh.your that scared of Kobe?

      • laffsatu

        is anyone scared of the kobe?why?no defense.30 shots a game ,misses 20….3 asst average.SCAREY!

        • Anonymous

          your basketball GPA is very low

          • mike.reyes

            same goes for his grammar.

        • mike.reyes

          no defense??
          sorry, i must have misread 9 time 1st ALL DEFENSIVE TEAM.

          11 time ALL DEFENSIVE TEAM.

          • laffsatu

            forgot this is ball wash central.he really shut-down jason terry, anyone remember the DALLAS MAVS tearing him a new one?

    • Timmyfoo

      someone sounds like they dont want kobe to light up their team once the lockouts over

  • LAKERS4

    IF WE ARE SO CALL TRUE LAKERS FANS OF KOBE WE SHOULD JUST LET’S HIM DID WHAT HE THINK HE SHOULD DID AND STOP WITH THE HATEING

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  • http://twitter.com/jackyangDOTinfo Jack Yang

    I wonder if this is any indication that his knee is healed? :S

  • guest

    Maybe he can propose to some slant eye whore also and not give her a ring…

    • mike.reyes

      jealous you didn’t get offered? pfft.

  • LAKing85

    Me personally, I’m 100% AGAINST THIS!!! I just wish Kobe would take advantage of this prolonged offseason to really recharge his batteries and take care of the many injuries he’s sustained throughout the last 3 or 4 seasons. Kobe is the ultimate competitor, we all know that and we love him for it but the SMARTEST thing for him to do to be as effective as he is for a longer period of time, would be to REST, PLEASE REST KOBE!!!! Just relax in good ol’ beautiful So Cal in your mansion, go on a vacation and just enjoy yourself. Take care of those injuries and get HEALTHY!!! 
    0Me personally, I’m 100% AGAINST THIS!!! I just wish Kobe would take advantage of this prolonged offseason to really recharge his batteries and take care of the many injuries he’s sustained throughout the last 3 or 4 seasons. Kobe is the ultimate competitor, we all know that and we love him for it but the SMARTEST thing for him to do to be as effective as he is for a longer period of time, would be to REST, PLEASE REST KOBE!!!! Just relax in good ol’ beautiful So Cal in your mansion, go on a vacation and just enjoy yourself. Take care of those injuries and get HEALTHY!!! 
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    • your mama bitch

      STFU

  • Sunsof1992

    I have to say I’ll take both because kobe need rest and kobe has to keep his A-Game up in flow so I’ve have to say get some rest KOBE……WIN THE 6Th RING to be with MICHAEL JORDAN and GET WELL SOON

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