How do you guys think this will work out? NBA teams are 'capped out,' and strange for Americans, the European clubs are able to outbid the NBA for the talents of medium-level players.
But there's more. The Euro game is shorter, by 2 minutes a quarter, and easier on the body it seems. Besides that, here's a quote from Milt Palacio, hardly a star here, but in Europe? Well, read this:
"I have never been around fans like this before in my life, and I dont know if I ever will again.But this time, I mean to tell you, I had goosebumps when we ran out of the tunnel and onto the floor. Goosebumps. I was like: wow! The whole gym was packed and cheering for our layup line. I walked over to Mike Batiste from Panathinaikos. He said: Have you ever seen anything like this? We are going to have fun tonight!The next day I was hoarse, and that never happened before in my life. I was telling my brother later that it was impossible to describe. You cant compare it to Duke or the NBA playoffs or anything else in America." - Milt Palacio, Partizan play-maker about atmosphere on Partizan - PAO match(source: euroleague.net)
Better money, apparently lower taxes (higher agent fees -- 10% vs. 4%), easier schedule -- if you're comfortable with foreign cultures, why not go? If the alternative is sitting at the end of the bench for a minimum contract, what's the draw of the NBA?
How do you guys think the NBA and NCAA might react? More integration of the leagues, more flexibility or restriction for players, three separate career paths, a trapezoid key, rule changes -- or will the US bury its head in the sand?