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Carmelo would consider playing in China

U.S. basketball player Carmelo Anthony from the New

U.S. basketball player Carmelo Anthony from the New York Knicks demonstrates his skill for young local players during a basketball clinic in Hong Kong. (July 26, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul say they will consider offers to play professional basketball in China if there is no resolution to the NBA lockout.

Both players are in Hong Kong beginning a promotional tour of China while monitoring news from home about the NBA's labor impasse.

With Kobe Bryant reportedly negotiating a deal to play in Turkey, Paul and Anthony said they were also considering overseas moves.

Asked by SNTV where they would go, Anthony replied "China." Paul said "Same, no question."

The answers may have been designed to compliment their hosts, but Anthony added "it's a lot of history here, the fans are great; why not, why not try it out?"

Anthony and Paul, both members of the U.S. squad which won the 2008 Olympic gold medal in Beijing, continued their Hong Kong visit Wednesday before moving on to mainland China. -- AP

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