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    Default NBA players will never want to play in China - Just ask Pierce and Beasley

    I've always thought the idea that a lot of players would play overseas was just a ploy.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/bal...urn=nba-wp8004

    Paul Pierce and Michael Beasley’s trip to China was pretty awful

    By Kelly Dwyer


    Even though most of these trips are, sadly, lockout-inspired, it's still pretty cool to see NBA stars head overseas for a bit of goodwill, some iffy basketball, and a few thousand units of shoes and apparel sold. And though China features a professional league featuring first class accommodations, it's still sometimes tough to brave the elements in a setting you're not used to. Even indoors.

    Because apparently both Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce(notes) and mercurial Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley(notes) suffered asthma attacks while playing for a barnstorming team called the "Kentucky Bisons" in Shaungyshan, China on Monday. You're allowed to smoke cigarettes in arenas over in China -- nobody would even show up for games if you couldn't in that cigarette-crazy country -- and Pierce and Beasley were taken aback. To say the least.

    Here's the report, via a local newspaper, through an online translator, and via the fantastic China hoops blog NIUBball.com:
    While playing in Shuangyashan, Heilongjiang province… Pierce and Beasley both suffered asthma attacks due to large amounts of fans smoking cigarettes inside the stadium. After the game, things got even more shocking when Beasley fell to the floor in his hotel and started to roll around in obvious pain, scaring everyone around half-to-death. At that point, there was no choice but to dial 120 (the number for an ambulance in China) and take him to the hospital.
    Beasley had apparently hurt his wrist on a dunk attempt during one of the games, but using his typically spot-on Beasley-esque clarity and vision, decided to participate in a slam dunk contest following the injury. Thus, perhaps, a broken wrist. Bad news when your employer, caregiver, and insurance provider have all effectively locked you out of any contact, even for medical emergencies.

    The asthma attack is scary as well. We can't be completely sure both Pierce and Beasley were doubled over and in real danger, for all we know they may have just needed to take a breather after trying to work through those hazy conditions, but it's a frightening thought never the less. Especially for Pierce, who is just 11 years removed from taking stab woulds to his chest and lungs.

    We can't blame Chinese fans for doing what they've always done during these sorts of games, namely smokin' 'em if they got 'em. But barnstorming NBA players do need to know that things are a little, um, different over there. And to perhaps bring a painter's mask to help things go down a little smoother.
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    Default Re: NBA players will never want to play in China - Just ask Pierce and Beasley

    ...except Wilson Chandler has already signed up to play in China....

    I'd imagine the percentage of NBA players with special lung concerns is pretty small.
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    I used to play basketball with a group of Chinese guys and when the game finished they would all walk over to the gym windows and started smoking. I asked them how they could smoke between games and they said it was like drinking a Gatorade.

    ...except Wilson Chandler has already signed up to play in China....

    I'd imagine the percentage of NBA players with special lung concerns is pretty small.
    I'm assuming he meant superstar players. Third-tier players going overseas is nothing new, even in non-lockout years.

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    Paul Pierce called this article out on Twitter. Said they had a good time and that he doesn't have asthma.

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    Default Re: NBA players will never want to play in China - Just ask Pierce and Beasley

    If you look at this situation as purely one that will play out within the borders of the United States, "big" players like Pierce have much more leverage to hold out than an NBA "middle class" player like Wilson Chandler because of their endorsement contracts. Unfortunately for the owners, the "middle class" players will be playing overseas so they have alternative revenue of their own. This article blatantly overlooks that.

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    I'm assuming he meant superstar players. Third-tier players going overseas is nothing new, even in non-lockout years.
    Chandler was just about to get paid at least 8m per year I would't call him 3rd tier he is no sonny weems.

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    Chandler was just about to get paid at least 8m per year I would't call him 3rd tier he is no sonny weems.
    I think your tiers are a little too broad. Chandler is not 2nd tier and Weems is certainly not 3rd. 2nd tier is your non-superstar, all-star caliber players...Granger for instance is a fringe 2nd tier guy.

    ...just my opinion.

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    cigs truly are delicious between games

    and i'm a non-smoker

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    Completely BS... I thought that it was well know that Beasley had no problem dealing with smoke...

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    no china for roy

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