With the NBA on the verge of cancelling games for the entirety of November, we’re going to see even more players head overseas to get work. Serge Ibaka’s being picked up as a replacement player, Rodney Stuckey might be heading to China, The Basketball Jones is going on a tour of America and so on and so forth. In the coming months, there are going to be a whole lot of new experiences for a whole bunch of different people.

But if Ty Lawson’s tweets from Lithuania are any indication, that might not be such a good thing.

I coulda sat home and played NBA 2k12 and got the same thing accomplished that we did in practice smh

A lot of wack things happening

this ridiculous… didnt kno racism still existed… might have to pack my bags

lol..i aint gonna pack my bags.. life in a another country is crazy as u can tell… im a tough dude..aint gonna run away from a situation

they call me chico baby…. if u gonna be racist dont forget about my mexican side

Yikes. That is not exactly a ringing endorsement for Lithuanian tourism. No idea to really know what’s going on since we’re not able to be at Lawson’s Lithuanian games, but it seems like things are pretty horrible.

European crowds are notoriously hard on other races, so it’s not terribly surprising that something like this would happen. There’s even a Wikipedia entry on “Racism in Lithuania,” and the country didn’t enact anti-discrimination laws until the mid-2000s, so what Lawson is experiencing is pretty well established. That doesn’t make it right, obviously, but this is the sort of thing NBA players are going to encounter when they play in foreign leagues. That sucks, but that’s the reality of playing in countries with a history of racism. It’ll be interesting to see if this turns players off from playing overseas.

Not to mention, I totally see where Ty Lawson is coming from by saying he’d get getting the same thing out of NBA 2K12 as a basketball practice. That game is super immersive.