Well, folks, it seems that KMart's return to the NBA may have to wait a bit longer if the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) has its way. It appears that the CBA is not happy about the decision made by FIBA, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Chinese Basketball Association officials are fighting FIBA’s decision to allow Kenyon Martin to immediately return to the NBA, demanding that Martin be forbidden to play until later this month, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
China has forwarded an affidavit to FIBA and the NBA – signed by Martin upon his departure in late December – that stipulates he wouldn’t play in the NBA until his Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers’ season had ended. China is demanding the contract be honored and Martin have to wait until the Flying Tigers finish their season.
How will David Stern react to this? I think this paragraph may give us a hint as to that:
China carries significant importance for the NBA commissioner David Stern, who has worked relentlessly to cultivate a business partnership with his league and the world’s largest country. What’s more, there’s been a strong belief within the global basketball community that the NBA discouraged China from signing its players under contract during the lockout.
Plus, other American players are angry at the clearance granted to KMart by FIBA:
Other American players in China and their agents are irate over Martin’s early clearance to return to the NBA. J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandlerwere pleading cases on Thursday about getting themselves out of China and back to the NBA sooner than later.
Can we say at this point "stay tuned"?