Will NBA players start their own league?
New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire said Tuesday night if the NBA lockout wipes out the season, he believes the players will form their own league instead of trying to find a team in Europe.
"If we don’t go to Europe, we’re going to start our own league, that’s how I see it," Stoudemire said. "It’s very serious. It’s a matter of us strategically coming up with a plan, a blueprint and putting it together. So we’ll see how this lockout goes. If it goes one or two years, we’ve got to start our own league."
Stoudemire declined to say if there was financial backing in place.
"We want to play NBA basketball but if it doesn’t happen, what are we going to do?" he said. "We can’t just sit around and not do anything. We’ve got to figure out ways now to play basketball at a high level against top competition and have fun doing it, so that’s the next step."
Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony took part in the South Florida Classic at Florida International University last Saturday — a quasi-NBA All-Star Game that included nine All-Stars. Anthony and Stoudemire are planning an NBA All-Star-fest in mid-November for New York.
Stoudemire says for now, he has ignored all inquiries from European teams.
"I haven’t entertained it yet, but as this lockout continues, I may entertain it more and more," he said.
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