NBA Stars Considering Global Barnstorming Tour During Lockout

Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James among players who may embark on a six-game, four-continent tour.

Posted: 10/20/2011 10:05 AM EDT
Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James among players who may embark on a six-game, four-continent tour.

With negotiations to end the lockout still ongoing, the biggest-name NBA stars may be looking to take their talents global in mass.

 

ESPN reported Wednesday that a dozen of the league’s biggest stars are considering joining forces on what would be a two-week, six-game, four-continent tour. This tour could be of Dream Team proportions.

 

The tour would include Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, Amare Stoudemire, Russell Westbrook, Carlos Boozeer, Tyson Chandler, Paul Pierce, Derrick Rose, Carmelo Antony, Blake Griffin, Chris Bosh and Kevin Love. Kevin Durant and Kevin Garnett are said to be considering joining in.

 

An Atlanta businessman and several players’ agents are behind this movement that has already received the signature of players like Bryant, Rondo, Blake and Wade.

 

NBA owners and players' representatives are at the negotiating table trying to end the lockout this week, but even if does, it sounds like the All-Star list of players could still embark on this global tour that is set to begin Oct. 30 and end Nov. 9. The NBA has already canceled the first two weeks of the regular season.

 

The tour would include stops in Puerto Rico, London, Macau and Australia. Organizers of the tour are working on securing television deals that would allow the stars to be paid anywhere from six figures to $1 million to play in six games.

 

Contact Terrance Harris at terrancefharris@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @Terranceharris

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