Is This Kobe's Final Year As A Laker?

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Is This Kobe's Final Year As A Laker?

Postby Parrotpaul » Sat Aug 09, 2008 3:56 pm

Looks as if Kobe is setting himself up for the BIG payday one way or another.

Kobe says Europe a possibility
By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports

http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijin ... &type=lgns

BEIJING – Kobe Bryant won’t sign a contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers until he has tested the global market, the U.S. Olympic basketball star told Yahoo! Sports on Saturday.

Asked whether he plans to solicit overseas offers before signing an extension, Bryant flatly said yes.

It’s possible Bryant could leave the NBA for Europe – perhaps in a dual role of owner and player – as early as next summer. Bryant is signed with the Lakers through the 2010-11 season, but can opt out after next season.

Suddenly, the best player in the world seems determined to pair the changing global economics with his unparalleled popularity to create an international bidding war. A day earlier, Bryant told the Boston Globe that he would consider a $50 million offer to play in Europe.

“As players, the business of the game (is) evolving,” Bryant said before a Team USA practice at Beijing Normal University. “I think free agency now is becoming a global thing …. When players become free agents, the team they’re currently with – their competition is no longer the rest of the teams in the NBA. But it’s global. So, the market’s opened up. So we’ll just have to see how the league responds to it.”

Bryant spent several years of his childhood in Italy and loves it there. Seven years ago, he bought an ownership stake in Olimpia Milano of the Italian league for his father Joe to run. When Bryant was asked whether he held intrigue with owning and playing on a team together, he said, “Absolutely.”

Some basketball executives believe Bryant’s ultimate ambition might be to have a majority ownership with a powerhouse Italian team while serving as its superstar. What’s more, Bryant, 29, insists that it wouldn’t be such a leap of faith for him to leave the NBA.

“I think people kind of make it out to be a little more than what it is,” he said.

With the Lakers’ resurgence and Bryant having won his first most valuable player award last season, it was believed that he would sign a long-term, maximum contract without pursuing unrestricted free agency. Now, Bryant is suggesting that the possibility of a monumental European offer – perhaps paired with ownership – has armed him with fresh leverage.

This summer, the movement of players to Europe – as well as a belief that several European teams are gearing up to lure NBA superstars with contracts worth $30- to $40 million annually – has made him believe that this could be an option for him. Josh Childress of the Atlanta Hawks signed a three-year, $20 million deal with Olympiakos of Greece. Several other good NBA players, including Carlos Delfino and Juan Carlos Navarro, left the NBA for multi-million dollar European offers.

“Childress, Delfino, and all these other offers start coming up and all of a sudden you start hearing the talk circulating from teams over there and what they’re willing to do,” Bryant said. “As athletes, you have to listen to that. That’s the least you can do.”

Even so, Bryant conceded that it would be “Almost impossible … very difficult …” to leave the Lakers, who are primed to make a run at multiple championships over the next several years.
“But,” he said cryptically, “it is what it is.”


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Re: Is This Kobe's Final Year As A Laker?

Postby Red » Sat Aug 09, 2008 5:06 pm

BYE BYE spoiled rotten brat who cant win the big games. Dont let the door hit your arse on the way out.

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Re: Is This Kobe's Final Year As A Laker?

Postby Parrotpaul » Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:12 am

That really is a large amount of money for six months of work a year.
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Re: Is This Kobe's Final Year As A Laker?

Postby GOODave » Mon Aug 11, 2008 7:17 am

Parrotpaul wrote:BEIJING – Kobe Bryant won’t sign a contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers until he has tested the global market, the U.S. Olympic basketball star told Yahoo! Sports on Saturday.

Asked whether he plans to solicit overseas offers before signing an extension, Bryant flatly said yes.

It’s possible Bryant could leave the NBA for Europe – perhaps in a dual role of owner and player – as early as next summer. Bryant is signed with the Lakers through the 2010-11 season, but can opt out after next season.

Lakers should call his bluff. IF he gets on in Europe, he will be the Prima Donna's prima donna...There is no way any European team would turn down even his smallest demand: He wouldn't only be the hub of the wheel, but he's be the ONLY wheel...the center of attention if not his world.

The Lakers would be off the hook to try to find someone who would not mind playing with him.

Win/win

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Re: Is This Kobe's Final Year As A Laker?

Postby not4u13 » Mon Aug 11, 2008 7:25 am

GOODave wrote:Lakers should call his bluff. IF he gets on in Europe, he will be the Prima Donna's prima donna...There is no way any European team would turn down even his smallest demand: He wouldn't only be the hub of the wheel, but he's be the ONLY wheel...the center of attention if not his world.

The Lakers would be off the hook to try to find someone who would not mind playing with him.

Win/win


Not a bad idea on behalf of Bryant. He is on the world stage right now and showing his stuff but from what I hear he is not the only NBA player making such statements right now. I think it would be great for the sport to have a much stronger European league. It would be a move similar to Beckham and MLS.

We are much more a global marketplace. Why not in sport?

I don't care much if Bryant leaves the Lakers but I also don't think the Lakers will be half as good without him.
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Re: Is This Kobe's Final Year As A Laker?

Postby Red » Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:08 pm

not4u13 wrote:
Not a bad idea on behalf of Bryant. He is on the world stage right now and showing his stuff but from what I hear he is not the only NBA player making such statements right now. I think it would be great for the sport to have a much stronger European league. It would be a move similar to Beckham and MLS.

We are much more a global marketplace. Why not in sport?

I don't care much if Bryant leaves the Lakers but I also don't think the Lakers will be half as good without him.


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Re: Is This Kobe's Final Year As A Laker?

Postby Parrotpaul » Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:14 pm

GOODave wrote:Lakers should call his bluff. IF he gets on in Europe, he will be the Prima Donna's prima donna...There is no way any European team would turn down even his smallest demand: He wouldn't only be the hub of the wheel, but he's be the ONLY wheel...the center of attention if not his world.

The Lakers would be off the hook to try to find someone who would not mind playing with him.

Win/win
How can they call his bluff...it is an option year. He can stay with the Lakers, become a free-agent, or go to Europe for one year for $50 million (maybe). How can the Lakers bluff that?

Kobe is holding a royal flush.
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Re: Is This Kobe's Final Year As A Laker?

Postby Beef Cake » Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:34 pm

Red wrote:BYE BYE spoiled rotten brat who cant win the big games. Dont let the door hit your arse on the way out.


And you called me childish? Again, how do you not appreciate what Kobe has done for you? He is the ONLY chance the Lakers have at another championship in the immediate future. And you act like its Kobe's fault the Lakers lost the finals.... you aren't a real Laker fan, Red. A real Laker fan wants whats best for the team, and it appears you don't.

And you seem to be missing the part where he says it would be pretty much impossible to leave.

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