Are NBA players planning to launch their own league?

Amare Stoudemire says that they’re giving it “serious” consideration if the NBA decides to cancel the season. League officials have already nixed the first two weeks of the season over the labor dispute.

“If we don’t go to Europe, then let’s start our own league; that’s how I see it,” the New York Knicks All-Star said.

Aside from mentioning the possibility of forming a new league, Stoudemire didn’t give any details about how it would work. He’s probably hoping that it won’t come to that, and that the owners and players can eventually work out a deal.

Stoudemire said, “Obviously we’re trying to…get this lockout resolved. We want to play NBA basketball. But if it doesn’t happen what are we gonna do? We can’t just sit around and not do anything. So we have to figure out ways to now continue to play basketball at a high level against top competition and have fun doing it. So, that’s the next step.”

If the NBA does have a full-fledged lockout, players will have to make some tough decisions about what they’ll do with all that time off.

[ESPN]