August 12, 2011
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard(notes) said last month that it was a "huge possibility" that he would play overseas if the NBA season didn't get started on time. He even identified China as his preferred landing spot.
However, the Orlando Sentinel reports that he's changed his mind and decided that he doesn't want to go play anywhere else while the NBA has its doors closed. The reason? The Chinese Basketball Association is working on instituting a rule that wouldn't allow foreign players to opt out of their contracts in the middle of the season if, say, their regular basketball league figured out its new collective bargaining agreement.
"They got the rule, so I don't know," Howard told the Sentinel. "I'm just going to continue doing what I'm doing."
What he's doing is working out on his own as well as with Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon.