by Marcel Mutoni

Specifically, the place where he grew up.

Kobe Bryant wasn’t just going to let LeBron hog all of the attention about possibly leaving the NBA if some Euro-drunk team owner from across the pond made a serious bid to acquire his services.

Bryant, like James, spoke freely about being totally open to the idea of playing overseas prior to the start of the Beijing Games. And as far as Kobe is concerned, hooping in Italy wouldn’t be a bad way to make a living.

From the Boston Globe:

“I’d go. I’d probably go,” said Bryant, during a USA Basketball press conference on Friday morning. “Like Milan or something like that, where I grew up or something like that… Peace out.”

Bryant continued: “Do you know any reasonable person that would turn down 50 (million dollars)?”

OK, so now the NBA’s two biggest stars are almost literally daring European teams to come after them. The reality of things, of course, is that no offers for a star of LeBron or Kobe’s magnitude are on the table. Not yet, at least. But only a fool would believe that one won’t eventually be made.

You worried yet, NBA? No, of course not