Kobe Bryant reaches deal to play in Italy

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 09-30-2011, 10:44 AM         #21
k3llz  OP
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 WestCoastRider said:
Any Lakers fan (not Kobe stan but Lakers fan) with any common sense knows that Kobe should be taking a back seat to Pua and Bynum. I'm not saying he shouldn't be starting and become a facilitator but the offense should not run through him any longer...get mad stans.
that wouldn't work, that sh*t would make us slow and fu*king predictable, Kobe is and will be Lakers best player until he retires, why his offense got to suffer for the bigs he can't fu*king rebound and dominate the paint? i wish we had an off-season cause i wanted them to trade one of them bigs
 7 years ago '04        #22
A.G 27 heat pts27
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Michael Jordan would have never played for a team named Bologna unless Oscar Meyer broke him off some..
 7 years ago '06        #23
m!ck3y 2 heat pts
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can't be mad.. at all.
 7 years ago '07        #24
INFAMOUS 13 heat pts13
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 WestCoastRider said:
Any Lakers fan (not Kobe stan but Lakers fan) with any common sense knows that Kobe should be taking a back seat to Pua and Bynum. I'm not saying he shouldn't be starting and become a facilitator but the offense should not run through him any longer...get mad stans.
Lakers struggle to get the 5 seed like that
 7 years ago '05        #25
Dun Language 4062 heat pts4062
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Champions don't chill they win

That's my goat
 7 years ago '08        #26
EMER1TUS 11 heat pts11
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 MPLSallstar said:
Kobe you son of a bi*ch

This n*gga is doing it for the money, he don't even want to rest, heal, and strengthen his knees. This dudes a fu*king idiot.

I dont think its that bruh...this would be training camp for him right now at this moment...he'll prolly only play 5 or 6 games---Lockout Will End and he'll be in basketball shape already. If that article about him calling Shaq out for not working out properly just came out, you'd have to expect him to be going hard with his workouts, whether its NBA Training Camp or a league in Italy.

 I AM LEGEND said:
Dude is too competitive for that. Did you really think he was gonna chill? If he's giving n*gga loans, I'm pretty sure it's not about the money.
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 7 years ago '08        #27
EMER1TUS 11 heat pts11
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 WestCoastRider said:
Any Lakers fan (not Kobe stan but Lakers fan) with any common sense knows that Kobe should be taking a back seat to Pua and Bynum. I'm not saying he shouldn't be starting and become a facilitator but the offense should not run through him any longer...get mad stans.

The Same Pau that bi*ched out in the playoffs...and Bynum the Goon gtn his Goon on imma Kobe Fan yes, both those n*ggas should be traded for Dwight Howard.

I took that loss hard---I know n*ggas remember my self-inflicted Kobe Gone Fishing Avy...the 1 where I photoshopped Pau with the Pink Leotard jumpin off the boat and Bynum away from the team in the water with an inner tube taking his jersey off from Game 4
 09-30-2011, 12:50 PM         #28
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Champions don't chill they win

That's my goat
The n*gga has no knees left man.
 7 years ago '05        #29
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Italian club Virtus Bologna said it has reached a verbal agreement with Kobe Bryant for the Los Angeles Lakers star to play in Italy during the NBA lockout.

The sides have settled on a $3 million contract for the opening 40 days of the Italian league season, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The a.ssociated Press on Friday.

Bryant, who spent much of his childhood in Italy, was in the country for sponsor appearances over the past two days but was flying back to the U.S. for labour talks with the NBA on Friday.

Bryant will get a work visa and return to Italy next week, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has still not been signed.

Virtus had been due to open the season Oct. 9 against Roma, but schedules now need to be reworked after Venezia was added to the league as a 17th team.

The deal, which would allow Bryant to return to the Lakers immediately if the lockout ends, should last about 10 games.

Bologna president Claudio Sabatini wants to create a special schedule that a.ssigns Bryant's games to Italy's biggest arenas.

The 33-year-old Bryant has three years and $83.5 million left on his contract with the Lakers.

Between the ages of six and 13, Bryant lived in Italy when his father Joe Bryant played with Rieti, Reggio Calabria, Pistoia and Reggiana from 1984-91. The elder Bryant also once owned a small part of Olimpia Milano. He now coaches the Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA.

The younger Bryant still speaks Italian fairly well, and discussed his memories of his time in the country during an interview with the Gazzetta dello Sport two days ago.

"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," Bryant told the Italian newspaper. "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."

Bryant added that playing in Italy "would be a dream for me."

Bryant has been bothered in recent seasons by an arthritic joint in his right knee, which has required several minor operations. He sat out a majority of the Lakers' practices last season and saw his scoring, shooting percentage and minutes decrease in his 15th NBA season.

Turkish club Besiktas and at least one team in China had also expressed interest in Bryant, who has won five NBA championships and been an All-Star 13 times.

Bologna also recently approached Spurs swingman Manu Ginobili, who played with the club before joining San Antonio in 2002. Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari rejoined his former Italian club Olimpia Milano last week.

The NBA season is scheduled to open Nov. 1 but owners and players have failed to agree on a new labour deal. The two sides are at odds over how to divide the league's revenue, a salary cap structure and the length of guaranteed contracts.


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 09-30-2011, 01:32 PM         #30
illicitx  OP
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Don't you see the thread already created on this? Delete it f*ggot.
 7 years ago '08        #31
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this opens the door for every other player that got called, they will all say yes now.
 7 years ago '06        #32
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 09-30-2011, 03:15 PM         #33
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 7 years ago '08        #34
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yall trippin. maybe hes healed completely. and also, who wouldnt have done it for that kinda money. do ur thing kobe.
 7 years ago '10        #35
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its hard to stop makin money when you been makin so much.... i would go play elsewhere too until this thing blows over....
 7 years ago '05        #36
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good for kobe, put the pressure on the nba, let them n*ggaz know you can go else where. i bet if the nba lose all there stars the season will be up and running real fast.
 7 years ago '08        #37
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 hood135 said:
Dammit G.O.A.T. you fu*king sound like John Wooden with that "jumping and dunking" sh*t. I understand you're buttering the Italians up because you're going to be playing there but don't get it twisted, your a.ss had to "jump and dunk" in order for you to make it too.

That fundamentally sound sh*t takes a back seat when athleticism and ingenuity come into play.
fundamental wins, look what the mavs did to the athletic heat, and what the spurs have accomplished playing fundamental ball... takes smart fundamental basketball to win
 7 years ago '04        #38
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good move.....
 7 years ago '11        #39
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sh*t isn't even confirmed yet, espn is saying the Italian team is the ones saying all this, kobe and his people haven't said sh*t about him signed
 7 years ago '06        #40
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