The NBA lockout has officially hit, but the league’s players are wasting no time figuring out how they will keep busy in the meantime.
That of course includes the Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire, who is reportedly considering joining Kobe Bryant and a bevy of other NBA stars to play in China, according to the New York Daily News’ Frank Isola.
STAT’s participation in Bryant’s proposed exhibition tour in China depends only on if he can find a company to insure the $100 million, five year contract he signed with the Knicks last summer, in the event he gets injured during the exhibition.
Furthermore, the Knicks’ superstar is only interested in signing on should the lockout spill into the NBA’s regular season’s schedule, reports Isola.
Though Stoudemire honored the Knicks’ request not to play with Team USA last summer, the team will have a more difficult time conveying a similar message with the lockout in full swing. That being said, Amar’e's agent, Happy Walters, may somehow be able to make his client aware of the team’s wishes.
Bryant is trying to assemble a few teams full of NBA players to play and entertain through a paid tour in China in interest of the lockout.
Previously, the Wasserman Media Group, who represents Ben Wallace, league MVP Derrick Rose, and international superstar Tracy McGrady, has already hinted on taking its players over to China for some sort of playing festivity during the lockout.
It’s not clear if the suggested tours of Bryant and the WMG are or will be connected, but Stoudemire is the first rumored player to be interested in Bryant’s. The WMG also represents Knicks free agent big man Shelden Williams, who is among the agency’s 45 NBA player clients.