Michael Beasley’s wrist injury in China may cause the NBA players to reconsider overseas move
With NBA in a complete lockout since the dispute over the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, many NBA players have considered securing a move abroad. There are no immediate chances of the League resuming in time for the new season, which has led to players looking to earn their livelihood elsewhere.
Since the Lockout, meeting between the NBA and the NBPA have ended in a disaster, with both sides now looking to drag the matter into the court. Owing to these, some of the biggest names in the NBA, which include Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade, have deemed their future undecided.
However, in their race to find a suitable club, many have forgotten the quality of training facilities outside the NBA and how difficult it would be for the NBA players to settle abroad. This was brought to light recently when Minnesota Timberwolves star Michael Beasley got his wrist crocked in his tour to People’s Republic of China.
It has been reported that Beasley may have broken his wrist altogether while playing in the China Championship, but anything concrete is yet to arrive on the matter. Boston Celtics guard Paul Pierce was on the team Beasley was. The small forward was on fire in the match, scoring 32 points before he was injured. His injury got worst the second day, which led him to go see a local doctor.
Should the wrist be broken, Beasley would have had it, as he would have to face at least 3-4 months on the sidelines. Should the NBA season resume till that, he would have to sit out for at least two months before he can take centre stage.
The injury news must have rocked the Minnesota management, as Beasley remains one of their top performers and was a key man for the side last season. He managed 19.2 points on average per game last season, along with 5.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists.
Had the NBA allowed its teams to keep in contact with their players, Timberwolves would’ve convinced the players to return or not leave for China in the first place.
Players who are looking to play abroad should be more careful and take their lesson from Beasley’s injury. Money is not everything as a yearlong contract may give you an injury that may well end your basketball career. Medical terms should be expressed in each contract as the NBA is taking no responsibility of its players.