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Kobe Bryant to meet Besiktas of Turkey this week?

Posted on: July 25, 2011 2:37 pm
Edited on: July 25, 2011 3:38 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliverkobe-bryant-deron-williams

Less than three weeks after agreeing to terms with New Jersey Nets All-Star point guard Deron Williams, Besiktas of Turkey is reportedly set to meet with Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant this weekend.

In an Asksam.com.tr report translated by SlamOnline.com, Besiktas official Seref Yalcin expressed optimism that a deal with Bryant could be reached. 
Yalcin says: “At the moment there’s a 50 [percent] chance that Kobe may come to Turkey. Everything will be clearer after the meeting on the 30th. We have not talked about money, as reported. We only talked about the possibility of Kobe playing in Turkey. We asked FIBA for approval and Kobe wants some time to think about it. We believe that his reponse is going to be positive. Money will not be a problem. Turkish Airlines, M-Oil and Milan Petrol will sponsor the deal.” 
With all due respect, money is always a problem.

It's especially problematic in Bryant's case given his age, injury history and the $83 million set to be paid to him by the Lakers over the course of the next three seasons. 

But everyone, including Bryant, has a price. Unfortunately for Besiktas, that price is likely to be very, very steep. He reportedly made $400,000 for playing in a weekend's worth of exhibition games in the Philippines. While that's a pretty insane figure that he's not likely to see too many more times during the lockout, it would certainly influence his asking price to suit up for a team in league play, right? In the exhibitions, the only expectation is to show up, sign autographs, pose for pictures and throw down a dunk or two. In league play, things would be a bit more serious.

Pursuing Bryant aggressively is a no-lose proposition for Besiktas. Worst case scenario: they enjoy a month or two of free press after they are unable to make the trip to Turkey worth Bryant's while. Best case scenario: they come up with huge wads of cash, Bryant can't resist scratching his competitive itch and it's the biggest thing to hit Turkey since [obscure historical reference].

With Williams already in the bag, the club has nothing to lose and the world's most popular basketball star to gain. 

Hat tip: ProBasketballTalk.com
Comments

Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:21 am
 

Kobe Bryant to meet Besiktas of Turkey this week?

Mauauauauhahahaaha. This is how Ottoman would laugh at this. Wake up body. Centuries gone since then.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 11:06 pm
 

Kobe Bryant to meet Besiktas of Turkey this week?

This is great news. When the best player in the NBA plays for another league it's an indication that he thinks the other league is as good as the NBA. Having said that, I wish Kobe would sign with the Warriors. They are going to the NBA Finals next season, but with Kobe the road won't be as tough.



Since: Jul 9, 2011
Posted on: July 26, 2011 7:50 pm
 

Kobe Bryant to meet Besiktas of Turkey this week?

Would he risk injury to play in any foreign country and not finish his NBA career with as many points and rings as possible.
It's very possible. Kobe to me doesn't seem like a guy who would want to rest up, but would rather be out there playing competitive basketball at the highest level possible. My guess is that goes for quite a few of the big stars of the NBA today. Without the NBA, he and other NBA stars have to look overseas to places like Turkey.



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: July 26, 2011 6:11 pm
 

Kobe Bryant to meet Besiktas of Turkey this week?

I have mixed feelings about NBA players playing in foreign countries. You would think that money would not be problem for a NBA player, who earns loads of money during the regular NBA season. Are they so careless with their money that they are living hand to mouth as most Americans do and need the money offered by the foreign teams?

It would appear as if they would rest up, get healed from nagging wounds that have been plaguing them over the years.

Kobe has 3 years left on his 83 million dollar contract. Would he risk injury to play in any foreign country and not finish his NBA career with as many points and rings as possible.

I am not the man, nor have the options he does, therefore, I have no idea of the magnitude of the decision he is going through and the decision he is facing.

I hope all the NBA players make the correct decision for themselves and their families, especially mentally and financially.

Being away from home would be a strain on their families and could cause problems that have not been considered as of yet.

“GO LAKERS”  
 
“ONE MAN’S OPINION”





Since: Dec 9, 2009
Posted on: July 26, 2011 11:29 am
 

Kobe Bryant to meet Besiktas of Turkey this week?

NBA players have so much more leverage than NFL players. They can play anywhere. I still think it is funny that it went from Ricky Rubio going to the NBA to the NBA coming to Ricky Rubio.




Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 3:12 am
 

Kobe Bryant to meet Besiktas of Turkey this week?

could you not spell Constantine?


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