In a letter to all 450 members of the players union, NBPA President Billy Hunter praisd Deron Williams "for the wisdom and courage he has demonstrated" and for showing that the players "will not be intimidated by the league’s hard-line tactics."
Hunter encouraged his players to consider overseas contracts while the NBA lockout continues without any talks scheduled. In the letter, obtained by the New York Times, Hunter wrote, "If the owners will not give our players a forum in which to play basketball here in the United States, they risk losing the greatest players in the world to the international basketball federations." He also advised them to get insurance to guard against "injury or unforeseen circumstances."
Meanwhile, D-Will's backup, Jordan Farmar, was asked if he is thinking of playing in Israel. As the stepson of an Israeli, he would be an attractive prospect for an Israeli team. "Yeah, I'd definitely consider that," Farmar said in a text message to the Star-Ledger, adding there's s"nothing concrete yet"
- Union Leaders Give Players Support to Play Overseas - Howard Beck - New York Times
- Nets' Jordan Farmar considering playing overseas during NBA lockout - Colin Stephenson - Star-Ledger
- Billy Hunter of NBPA supports going to Europe in memo to players - Ric Bucher - ESPN the Magazine
- Union leader Hunter sends memo to players supporting going overseas during lockout - AP
- Defectors to Europe would hurt NBA cause - Al Iannazzone - The Record
- Vujacic eyes Turkey club - Fred Kerber - New York Post
NBA lockout is drifting toward the absurd - Dave D'Alessandro - Star-Ledger