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Point guard Acie Law, who played for five NBA teams, joined Serbian champions Partizan Belgrade in July and was stunned by the passion of the fans on opening night on Thursday. "I've never seen anything like it, you don't see fans like that in the United States," Law told Reuters after Partizan's 84-73 home loss to Anadolu Efes istanbul. "Never in my career have fans treated us to a standing ovation for half an hour after we lost the game, the atmosphere was unbelievable. "A lot of good players from the NBA are here and they will have to adjust because the European game is different, but having so many of them will make the competition stronger when they adapt," he said. Reuters

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Evans turned down several offers to play in Europe this summer because “I’ve been committed to this process and I look forward to being a free agent as well. I came off a productive year in Washington and I’m looking forward to capitalizing off of that, with whatever playing situation that’s available to me that makes sense. I’ve been very, very close to Derek Fisher and Mr. Hunter through out this process and that education is something that you can’t pay for.” Washington Post

Because in the midst of attending numerous bargaining sessions in New York, running regional players meetings in Chicago and Las Vegas, and going over strategies with union president Derek Fisher and executive director Billy Hunter, Evans managed to finally get his degree in education from the University of Texas. “I was very proud of that,” Evans said this week. “Unfortunately, that doesn’t make as much news as the bargaining sessions, but I’ve had a great and productive summer.” Washington Post

Evans, 32, left Texas after his junior season in 2001, hoping to be drafted in the first round but wound up going undrafted. He scrapped his way into a NBA and has outlasted 12 first-rounders from that draft, but he always felt the void of not having his degree. “I know I’m a leader on and off the court and before you can commence in anything, you have to finish stages and that was the stage left open due to me continuing my NBA career,” Evans said. “Once I had a break do to this lockout, I was able to find the time.” Washington Post

October 13, 2011 Updates

Until this week, players who signed overseas went because of the fear of canceled games. Now that the cancellations have begun, could it spur a greater migration? Will other star players depart? The answer to both question is probably not. The greatest reasons are convenience and money. “There’s not a lot of jobs,” said Mark Bartelstein, whose agency, Priority Sports, has 15 clients playing overseas. “The season’s under way over there, so everybody’s got their rosters full. Is there potential that there may be some team that wants to try to carve out some opportunities for players? I think that’s possible. But the economics are not such that there’s a lot of teams that can afford to do that.” New York Times

October 11, 2011 Updates

This lockout means a lot of extra work for agents, right? Bouna N'Diaye (agent for Nicolas Batum): Yes, it just doesn't stop! Usually, there is an for the market, this time there isn't. So we have a lot of things to do regarding the insurances of NBA players. Plus the market is saturated, there's too many players because a lot want to go to Europe now, so it gives us a lot of work. Le Figaro

Wilkins joined the Hawks midway through the 2010-11 season and was pretty efficient in limited playing time there, averaging 3.5 ppg on 50.4 percent shooting. Despite his nice season with Atlanta, the 6-foot-6 Wilkins has not heard from European clubs. “If that was the case I probably would’ve been gone already – especially since they allow you to return.” HoopsHype

Amare Stoudemire, who has previously ruled out playing overseas during the NBA lockout, said on Tuesday that he would consider a move to Europe if the work stoppage lingers. "It definitely should be considered," Stoudemire told ESPN. "It's still an option. For a lot of guys it's a smart move. For some of us it's better to stay here." New York Daily News

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