CHICAGO — While the NBA owners meet in New York with Union reps trying to resolve the lockout, the players they pay to fill their stadiums are packing up and hitting the global road to spread the love of basketball to the world.
Top NBA superstars like Derrick Rose, LeBron James, Dewayne Wade and Kobe Bryant are planning on playing in a two week exhibition league that will see them span the globe to play their games.
This all comes in front of most of these players parting ways with each other and the NBA for the time being to honor the overseas contracts they signed in the last few months. But the marquee games will be on the blockbuster tour of NBA monsters hitting the road like a constant series of All-Star games.
The final details are still being worked out, but the tour of superstars is going to span two weeks, six games and four continents.
Over a dozen NBA players are already fully on board with the tour and more are trickling in with serious interest. These players on the fence include Kevin Garrett, Kevin Durant and one time Bull Tyson Chandler.
The tour can be credited in large part to Atlanta based business mogul Calvin Darden who has been vigorously putting this massive global tour together with the players agents. Darden is such a giver, he is hoping to get the games televised internationally and even in the United States. The NBA’s contracts with various television outlets may cause some issues with this plan, but international providers aren’t as bound by NBA contracts.
There is a chance that this entire tour could unravel as nothing in finalized. However, it appears to be in a stage that gives great hope to it coming to fruition. A possible kink in the project surrounds legal issues with Darden’s son, a former Wall Street broker. Darden has said that his son will have little involvement and doesn’t see him or his past becoming an issue.
As far as possible sponsor on the tour that will pay the players upwards of $1 million, include the corporations Darden is a board member of. These corporations include Target, Coca-Cola and Cardinal Health.
The dates the tour is set to run is October 30th to November 9th and will have duel games in London and Australia as well as single games in Macu and Puerto Rico.
Should this monster tour happen, it will officially be the largest gathering of players during this lockout. There have been various charity events held including LeBron James “All-Star” charity even which drew a number of stars. A majority of the profits from this global tour will be donated to charities.
It is yet to be determined whether or not the fans will be excited to watch their favorite players battle in meaningless games, but at this point in the lockout those fans are being forced into a corner and eating whatever crumbs the NBA has left from the previous season.