“从商业角度看，CBA将受益良多，” NiuBball.com创始人兼主笔乔恩•帕斯图斯泽克表示。“球迷们毫无疑问将涌向球馆亲眼目睹球星的风采。” NiuBball.com是专门关注中国篮球的博客网站
布鲁斯•奥尼尔是美国篮球学院（United States Basketball Academy）的院长，培养中国的优秀人才。过去20年里，他一直就中国篮球事务向CBA的球队老板和美国经纪人提供意见。他对帕斯图斯泽克的观点表示认同，即中国政府官员反对这种大规模涌入带来的短期利益。
Then there is the Chinese Basketball Association, which would likely have seen a much-needed boost in revenues from ticket sales, merchandise, and sponsorships. The CBA, after changing the rules to allow more foreign talent to play in the league, raised its operating cost during the 2008-2009 season and subsequently incurred a loss of nearly $17 million.
Despite those losses, CBA official Liu Xiaonong told ESPN last month that the league's revenue is soaring with Nike (NKE), UPS (UPS), and TLC Communications as significant corporate sponsors. Still, these mega-sponsorship deals would only proliferate if localities were to bring in NBA stars.
"From a commercial standpoint, the CBA has much to gain," says Jon Pastuszek, founder and lead writer for Chinese basketball blog NiuBball.com. "Fans would undoubtedly flock to arenas to witness it all in person."
Sold-out arenas were the just the tip of the iceberg, Pastuszek believes. Local economies would also be boosted by the worldwide exposure, benefitting from increased gate revenues and money flowing into the locality.
Likewise, NBA agent Marc Cornstein, whose Pinnacle Hoops represents NBA players like Samuel Dalembert and scores of international players, points to the merchandising potential in China as another advantage potentially lost for NBA players who don't sign. Already, Chinese footwear brands Li-Ning and Peak have capitalized on basketball's growing popularity, and Nike reported a $1.7 billion in Chinese revenues for the 2010 fiscal year.
"There's a retailing arms race in China that outpaces the consumer spending power," says Cornstein, "but the spending power keeps going up and the specialty shoe market grows as the middle class does."
While the potential for basketball growth in China can seem limitless, the sport still faces numerous roadblocks there. One factor that has stunted growth in the past is the Chinese ethos of the national interest outweighing smaller regional and commercial interests like CBA owners. Chinese authorities remain wary of being seen as a fly-by-night destination for NBA stars looking to make a quick buck and leave when the opportunity affords them to.
"By coming to China temporarily, players would send a message that China is nothing more than a 'backyard,' a quick and easy way to make a buck," warns Pastuszek.
Bruce O'Neil develops Chinese talent at his United States Basketball Academy and has been consulting Chinese owners and American agents for over 20 years on matters of Chinese basketball. He agrees with Pastuszek's assessment that Chinese government officials are averse to the short-term benefits of such a mass influx.
Still, O'Neil argues, the opportunities for growth are immense in China.
"The owners are very progressive and want Western insight on how to run basketball organizations," says O'Neil. "The apparel companies are also learning to carve niches with endorsements and to avoid buying NBA players for way too much money. In general, there's been a tremendous rise in basketball interest in China and the fan support is huge. The market will bear opportunities."