Derrick Rose currently is on a tour of China with adidas, but if the Chicago Bulls star is contemplating playing overseas during the NBA lockout, Charles Barkley has pointed advice.
“Well, I think it would be a mistake for Derrick Rose to go overseas,” Barkley said Thursday on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “I think any great player has got too much at stake. You could go there and hurt yourself.
“If you are as great as Derrick Rose, why would you risk your NBA career and contract by going overseas? I just don’t think that’s very smart.”
There’s no indication Rose is seriously considering playing overseas. All-Star Deron Williams is the biggest name to sign with an overseas team. The Turkish club that signed Williams also was in early contract negotiations with the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, and it had been pursuing Kobe Bryant.
Barkley has advice for NBA stars, including the 22-year-old Rose, if the lockout is prolonged. And Barkley believes the lockout will wipe out the 2011-12 season.
“If I were somebody like Derrick Rose, I would go back and work on my degree,” Barkley said. “I think some of the lesser players are going to go over and play, because they can make some good money.
“But for someone like Derrick Rose, that’s a bad idea.”
Barkley said the risk of injury isn’t the only problem facing NBA players.
“Those foreign teams are very famous for not paying players,” Barkley said. “(Josh) Childress said they don’t pay a lot of players.”
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Barkley is hoping he’s wrong about the length of the lockout.
“I’m saying, best-case scenario if everything went perfect, they would start the season in January,” Barkley said. “But I’m still going to stay on the record and say they’re not going to get to play at all next year.
“In my honest opinion, I hope they don’t screw up the momentum of last year. It was a great year for the NBA. Even if some of the attention was negative, because of the Heat, it was nice to see Dirk (Nowitzki) and Jason Kidd get their rings.”