Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Carlos Boozer could play overseas
By Ric Bucher
ESPN The Magazine
Add Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer to the list of NBA players looking to play overseas in light of the current NBA lockout.
Boozer told ESPN The Magazine on Wednesday that he will pursue signing with a foreign team if the season doesn't start on time.
"I think as players we have to look at this lockout as an unfortunate challenge, but one that can create other unique and positive opportunities," he said. "When I was part of Team USA that won Olympic Gold in Beijing, that experience changed my life in incredible ways.
"If the NBA season gets delayed or postponed, I plan on using those months to experience something similar to what I did in the summer of 2008. That's why, if the lockout continues, I definitely plan on playing overseas."
Boozer declined to say whether he already had a deal in place or a specific country he was targeting, but a source indicated that the reference to Beijing reflects an inclination to play in China.
Ric Bucher is a senior NBA writer for ESPN The Magazine.