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Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 at 12:50 pm  |  12 responses

Kobe Bryant: Playing in Italy Would ‘Be a Dream for Me’


Kobe Bryant continues to openly flirt with the idea of playing in Italy during the NBA lockout, but no one can quite gauge how serious he is about the possibility (or if the Italian club Virtus Bologna can even afford his services.) From the AP: “It’s very possible. It would be a dream for me,’ Kobe Bryant said of the contract off from Virtus Bologna, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport . Virtus Bologna has made numerous contract offers to the Los Angeles Lakers star. Bryant discussed the offer with the Gazzetta dello Sport during a sponsor’s appearance in Milan on Wednesday. Virtus told The Associated Press that the latest talks are centered on a $2.5 million offer for 10 games over 40 days from Oct. 9 to Nov. 16. That would come out to about $1.5 million after taxes. The deal would allow Bryant to return to the Lakers immediately if the lockout ends. The 33-year-old Bryant spent several years in Italy when his father, Joe Bryant, played on five teams from 1984-91. The elder Bryant, who once owned a small part of Olimpia Milano, now coaches the Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA. ‘Italy is my home. It’s where my dream of playing in the NBA started. This is where I learned the fundamentals, learned to shoot, to pass and to (move) without the ball,’ Kobe Bryant said, according to the Gazzetta. ‘All things that when I came back to America the players my age didn’t know how to do because they were only thinking about jumping and dunking.’”

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  • http://sajkflf.com Jukai

    If it’s a dream for you, f*cking sign. Enough of this wishy washy stuff.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Damn….Jukai. Tell us how you really feel.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Jukai said exactly what I was thinking…except for the f*cking part. lol

  • underdog

    “Playing in Italy – for a big pile of cash – Would Be a Dream for Me”

  • Adrian Zapata

    Could this possibily be a tandem of 2 of the best 2 guards in the world? Ginobili & Bryant?

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    I don’t understand why people hate on kobe so much. If you look up Kobe-Shaq feud on wikipedia it may sway how selfish and a bad person you guys thought Kobe is/was along with the Shaq/kobe thing being Kobe’s fault. But I guess haters are always gonna hate. dicks

  • logues

    hey kobe, u know u coulda played in italy any freakin time u wanted? so, is it really a dream of yours?
    JTaylor21: that “tell us how you really feel” crap is dumb

  • robb

    pensi bene Kobe, pensi bene

  • Charles

    Get real Bean!!

  • call me li

    yo logues, tell us how you really feel. lol

    10 games? don’t get hurt…he may hit 7 game winners

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    @ Kap using wikipedia to form your opinion about someone might not be the best way to go

  • 808boyz

    @spit hot fiyah wikipedia is something like 97% accurate…as opposed to the media/newspapers that are something like 95% nonsense.

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