With the NBA locked out. Many Chicago Bulls are heading to play international ball this summer and compete in the European championships.
Joakim Noah has committed to France. He was interested in playing for France last year, but he wouldn't seriously commit to France last season due his plantar Fasciitis. I'm sure he also wanted to work out with Tom Thibodeau and get off on the right foot with the Bulls.
With the lockout, nothing is holding Noah back this year.
Luol Deng will be joining the British team which should come as no surprise as he does so every year unless he's having a lot of injury problems, while Omer Asik will play for Turkey as long as his injuries are healed enough to do so.
All in all, I can't say the national league comeptition is particularly good or bad for the players. On the one hand, they're at least playing basketball at a high level real coaches and competition. On the other hand, it's a chance to get injured, and the style and level of competition doesn't match the NBA.
It'd be easy to argue that I'd prefer the players hang out at home and work out hard instead while finding a group of NBA players to scrimmage against.
Hopefully our guys get some experience while staying healthy. If nothing else, we might get some video of our favorite players to watch.
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