As the lockout steamrolls towards September, it looks more and more likely that our local NBA heroes will soon be sporting jerseys of teams abroad. In the spirit of Chicago White Sox broadcaster, Ken “Hawk” Harrelson, “They gone!”

Here at TBJ, we decided to assist players so they’re not staring at their newly adopted tender like we all gaze at Lady Gaga’s videos. Here’s a list of exchange rates between US dollars and the currencies of countries which will likely be temporary homes for NBAers, plus a spending guide so they can know what their money can buy.

Brazil: 1 USD = 1.60 Brazilian Real (BRL)
Estimated cost to get a ride from this Michael Jackson singing taxi driver: 28.80 BRL (flat rate)

Canada: 1 USD = 0.98 Canadian Dollars (CAD)
Estimated cost to have Bryan Colangelo import one of his custom shirts: 279.30 Canadian dollars

China: 1 USD = 6.5 Chinese Yuan (CNY)
Estimated cost for Shawn Marion’s “Matrix” tattoo: 214.5 Yuan

Eurozone (France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain): 1 USD = 0.69 Euro (EUR)
Estimated cost to reenact the 2004 film, Eurotrip: 11,821.40 Euro

Israel: 1 USD = 3.58 Shekel (ILS)
Estimated cost of Omri Casspi morning flakes: 12.53 Shekel

Lithuania: 1 USD = 2.40 Lithuanian Litas (LTL)
Estimated cost for bottle service at Arvydas Sabonis’ Hall of Fame celebration (3 bottle min.): 1,080.00 Litas

Russia: 1 USD = 29.26 Russian Rubles (RUB)
Estimated cost for Andrei Kirilenko’s self-portrait tattoo: 52,668.00 Rubles

Turkey: 1 USD = 1.79 New Turkish Lira (TRY)
Estimated cost for dance lessons conducted by Hedo Turkoglu: 125.3 Lira

Comments (3)

  1. I’m not sure why Moldova isn’t listed but they use the euro rate. Also, there’s Greenland. Lastly, not sure we even have to sweat this as I’ve already figured out the solution to the lockout.

  2. @dave m
    Portugal, Belgium or Ireland are also in the Euro zone, but no-one cares because no-one is going to play there.
    Also, Greenland = Denmark =/= Euro.

    Your solution is pretty much the same as revenue sharing and you add mockery to that, which would make it not happen.
    Also, a guy like Dolan (Knicks) makes terrible decisions, but makes money. A guy like Peter Holt (Spurs) makes great decisions but his team sometimes lost money.
    Way to miss the point (small vs. big markets) on revenue sharing.

  3. there is the australian 5 dollar bill on the pic. should have been included tas. aussie pride (not since NBA aint really popular here im an immigrant lol)

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