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Monday, August 1st, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  39 responses

Kobe Bryant: ‘I’d Play Anywhere’


by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

It appears that Turkish basketball fans’ dreams and hopes of seeing Kobe Bryant play in their country are just that: dreams.

According to multiple published reports, the chances of Kobe taking his talents to Istanbul are close to zero (Bryant himself says he hasn’t spoken to the Turkish team Besiktas in weeks.)

What appears more likely, at the moment, is Kobe Bryant playing in China during the NBA lockout.

The Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar, however, says he’s open to playing basically anywhere on the planet, so long as the deal makes sense.

From the NY Times and Yahoo! Sports:

Bryant, sources said, is still listening to offers to play overseas during the NBA’s lockout, and considers China a more likely option. He has exchanged proposals with Chinese teams, and one source said it’s unlikely Bryant would accept any deal that pays him less than $1.5 million per month. Bryant would be free to rejoin the Lakers as soon as the lockout ends. Bryant, a source close to him said, also has become irritated with Besiktas officials making public proclamations on the status of talks with him.

“I’m just waiting for my phone to ring,” he said, gesturing to his cellphone on the table in front of him. “I’d play anywhere. I grew up overseas, so I’m very comfortable playing overseas.” And Europe would be the perfect place for him. A reporter asked him in Spanish if he would consider playing in Barcelona, to be oh-so-close to the soccer team he adores. Bryant, who speaks Italian and some Spanish, did not even wait for the question to be translated into English before answering. “I’d definitely come there and play, for sure,” he said, before smiling coyly.

Again, all of this means very little until Kobe Bryant (or any other NBA star besides Deron Williams) signs on the dotted line with a foreign team.

We’ll just have to continue to speculate and guess, waiting to see if a player of consequence actually pulls the trigger, as this lockout painfully and endlessly drags on.

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  • the bugg

    dear kobe.
    there is an opening on my local team here in australia. we cant afford to pay you, you’ll actually have to pay for yourself to play each game but you should really consider it.
    kind regards, the bugg.

  • KING DAVID

    KOBE sucks!

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    To Belgium!

  • Shem

    Playing in China wouldn’t be too bad. I’m sure they’d pay well but not his expectations of 1 mill per month. Not only that but it’s good for the game of basketball as it will expand globally.

  • http://Zogs.ca Zogs

    Play in Toronto….

  • Omnixyience

    haters gon’ hate.

  • bull22

    who cares… i guess your desperate behind is finally seeing the end of his career and feels like he has to play.. i hope there is a lockout to see how many of these chumps will play overseas.

  • Bimmer

    Dear Kobe,

    My intramural team is in desperate need of your help.

    Bimmer

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    kobe in spain with pau with jack nicholson sitting courtside everygame just like home

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Save those knees, Kobe. They actually look good now for the first time since like ’07…..

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    And the Kobe Brand global push continues! Not to digress, but I would not be surprised at all if Kobe somehow made his way to the Mecca to play for the Knicks, when the Lakers are faced with rebuilding as the Clippers have become the toast of La La Land. BOOK IT!

  • Double J

    Mr. Bean,

    A Team Nike subsidiary known as “Just Do It” is looking for a valuable and talented Shooting Guard to fill out the remainder of their roster. As team captain I cordially invite you to Central Washington University to try-out.

    Best Regards,

    Co-ed sensation, Double J

  • http://www.realmccoysports.com RealMcCoySports

    Kobe needs to just sit down somewhere and view this time off as a blessing in disguise and get some much needed rest for his aging body.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    @Orange How are the Clippers the toast of LA if they haven’t even made the playoffs since 2006….

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Let’s be real, I said become, not became, but as crazy as this sounds, I think the Clippers will be a better team than the Lakers in a few years. Brace yourself for the beginning of the Jimmy Buss era – it aint gonna be easy, he’s got to build around Bynum. lol

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    i could actually see the clippers making the playoffs next year… but orange there’s no way kobe comes to the knicks LMFAO

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    lmao @ bugg …also shut up bulls22

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Yeah the Clippers will be better when Kobe retires.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    ….maybe

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    11:34 am comment is not me…

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    BlackPhantom, brace yourself. In a few years you’re going to be saying, “DAMN, THINGS DONE CHANGED!”

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    It’s possible, datkid. Kobe does love NY and playing in the WMFA. If Kobe were ever a free agent or traded, the Knicks would be number one with a bullet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    I’m already prepared. But I’ll wait to see if Mike Brown’s coaching will be the beginning of the end or not.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    My gut tells me it will be the beginning of the end, *sigh*

  • Truth

    Dear Kobe, i play at a college in Guadalajara Mexico, and we would really like to have you on our team. Since you skipped college, what better time to start your degree now, plus your wife is mexican. Please consider it.
    Yours Truly

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Kobe save your knees, don’t waste your time with YMCA players. Also some orange cat trying to promote Clippers. LOL. Just because Griffin can dunk does not make that team good. Lakers for Life. BOOK IT!!!

  • JTaylor21

    I Hate Him Yet I can’t Help Myself from commenting on every topic about him. Maybe I am in love with him,Or maybe My life is just that sad.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Looks like someone else needs to “save” their knees. You might wanna invest in some knee pads with all the superheading you do.

  • Heals

    This isn’t any for the love of the game thing, “For the best price” should be in title too. C’mon now dude has offers out the ____, he just wants the payola to go with it…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7Ixy8Uttq0 nbk

    The chances of him going anywhere are like 2%. He is, just like all the other star players, using the threat of playing “anywhere” as a form of leverage against the lockout. Kobe ain’t playin in Turkey, China, Acapulco, Mars.

  • bike

    Dear Kobe: I am a representitive from the country of Djibouti. We would love for you to come and play for one of our teams. We cannot pay you very much because we are very poor but you are welcome to the 1.5 million dollar/month equivalent of our women and camels. You said you would play anywhere.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    Do you think he would play on Monstar Mountain?

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Dear Kobe: Just go away.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7Ixy8Uttq0 nbk

    lol actually Fleming your right, he would play if it was Space Jam 2. No doubt about it homes

  • http://Slamonline.com Waffle

    Why don’t any players look at playing in Canada?? It’s alot closer than china or turkey…

  • http://basketbawful.blogspot.com/2008/06/worst-of-celtics-lakers-part-7.html nbk

    Theres no money or competition for lwgit NBA players in Canada. Even Toronto (j/p)

  • http://zogs.com zogs

    ^^I was talking about the raptors….

  • http://www.slamonline.com Aaron

    come to the raptors

  • http://slamonline.com Neitel

    If Kobe decides to play in china, as a collector of basketball cards, i will be thrilled!! his upper deck, overseas card, u know what?! whether is upper deck, SP, Fleer, SkyBox or NBA Hoops, they will be worth a lot of money, so..in a way, i hope the nba lockout doesn’t end, Deron Williams, Kobe and hopefully D.Howard cards will be worth a lot of money!!! and they should be a collector’s gems.

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