ALTHOUGH he hasn’t ruled out playing in the NBA, Josh Boone said he enjoys playing overseas and his current stint with Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) is no different.
The 32-year-old Boone said he doesn’t mind taking his act to different parts of the world, even if it means turning his back on the NBA where he played for the New Jersey Nets from 2006 to 2010.
Boone has since bounced around different countries including the Philippines where he suited up for the San Miguel Beermen in the 2014 PBA Commissioner's Cup.
“At this point, I’m not really sure,” said Boone, when asked if he is still interested to play in the NBA. “I turned down a couple of offers several years ago. I’ve gotten used to playing overseas.”
“But you can’t rule anything out,” Boone added.
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A product of Connecticut, Boone has played in China, Estonia, Turkey, and Russia in between his stint with the Iowa Energy in the NBA D-League.
Boone had 23 points and 19 rebounds in his Philippine homecoming on Sunday, leading the HK Long Lions to an 83-61 victory over slumping Alab Pilipinas at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna.
“The fans are fantastic. This is a basketball country so when we you come here, they already know your name and your stats. It’s a great feeling,” said Boone.