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Reports warn of breakdown in Bryant Italian deal

Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:42 am
Edited on: September 30, 2011 10:09 am
 
By Matt Moore

Early Friday morning, the AP reported that Italian Club Virtus Bologna had said it had a "verbal agreement" with Kobe Bryant that would send the NBA All-Star abroad during the lockout. Just as quickly, reports are flooding in that Virtus Bologna needs to slow its roll. 

From Yahoo! Sports:
Despite Bologna GM saying deal's "95 percent done" for Kobe Bryant, source close to talks warns Y! Sports that no agreement is imminent.
via Twitter / @WojYahooNBA: Despite Bologna GM saying ....

And from Sportando:
Virtus Bologna informed that the deal with Kobe, without the possibility to play 10 games in 1 month, is on the verge of collapse
via Twitter / @SportandoBasket: Virtus Bologna informed th ....

This isn't the first time a team has jumped the gun on saying it had a deal with Bryant. This exact scenario played out through August with Turkish team Besiktas. Eventually talks stopped completely with Besiktas, almost immediately after Besiktas spread word they had an agreement with Bryant. Kobe apparently is not big on contract talks making their way to the media prior to the actual completion of a deal. 

The AP reported Bryant's proposed salary at $3 million, which is the closest figure to what he would likely demand for a temporary stint abroad, assuming the lockout does not cost the entire season. It's unlikely, however, that Bryant would choose to announce the deal through a team representative without himself present, and equally unlikely that he would do it this weekend, with the NBA and the players expected to be on hand with most of their constituents for the CBA talks. Friday represents a significant moment in the talks, with both sides offering compromises and David Stern pushing hard to get a deal done by Monday. 

This seems early on to be another case of a European team putting the Kobe publicity cart before the contract horse. 


Comments

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: October 2, 2011 10:07 pm
 

Reports warn of breakdown in Bryant Italian deal

 WHY WOULD HE GO OVER SEAS AND RISK INJURY FOR A QUARTER OF WHAT HE MAKES,

The risks go far beyond that. Not only does an injury cost him about 27 million dollars per season in the NBA, but the 20 to 40 million dollars per year in endorsements he currently makes per season probably disappears to since the only reason anybody pays him is because he's an active player in the NBA. Endorsement and sponsorship money would dry up quickly if he couldn't play in the NBA or if he retires earlier then he should due to injury.



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: October 2, 2011 8:52 pm
 

Reports warn of breakdown in Bryant Italian deal

@sometime fan

What a novel idea. I wish for once the fans would stay away from selected games in all the cities that have a NBA team. Like on Saturday all the fans in Atlanta would not attend a game, followed Saturday by not attending a Laker game, then on Sunday not attend a Celtic game.

Let the owners and players know who the real players are in this negotiations. Let’s see if Derek and David Sterns could negotiate how to play to an empty house. The fans could show their strength and power to the players,owners and league. But alas this will not happen, the would continue to be taken advantage of. Ticket prices will go up at eacch arena as soon as the negotiations are completed.

When  baseball went on strike, a few guys from the New England tried to unite the fans and form a fan union to boycott the ball games.

When the strike ended the fans acted as if they needed a fix, and returned to the stadium as if they were gonna die if they could not get to a ball game.

The same would happen to basketball as soon as the union and owners make a deal and are back to the courts playing again.

I think I am gonna do pro basketball the way I have done pro baseball. If I am in a city where I have never been to the ball park before I would go just to say I have been to that ball park. Other than that I do no attend any baseball games at all.

I am beginning to feel that way about all pro sports as the players are no longer team players, not normally loyal to the team or city. The owners appear to treat the fans with an attitude of as long as we play they will come.

     
"GO LAKERS"

“ONE MAN’S OPINION”





Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: October 1, 2011 5:20 am
 

Reports warn of breakdown in Bryant Italian deal

Well, Bologna would have pais him 6.5M$ for 40 days of work. Not bad...
The fatc is that they don't have the money to pay him, they used his name to sell more season tickets. But if they had the money Kobe would be stupid to take down that offer. Don't forget that he grew up in Italy so it would make sense for him to play here. 



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2011 5:01 am
 

Reports warn of breakdown in Bryant Italian deal

uhh if the NBA lockout is inevitable ill sign, otherwise lets tread water. I am glad he has an opprotunity overseas. Dont hate. Otherwise aside from this years NBA Finals I havent and wont watch the NBA for years to come, pretty much ever again. It is terrible, no class, no skills, they all travel, BBall rules dont apply. The Harlem Globetrotters so much more exciting. I watched them 2 more times than I have NBA in past 20 years. I saw them twice...


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Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 2:33 pm
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Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Reports warn of breakdown in Bryant Italian deal

So no matter who started this, both sides refuse to budge and there is basically a strike going on in the NBA.  Tell me what the Players Association would have done if the owners said they'll go to colleges and people on the streets to make up their team and the league would play a full season with whatever they had.  Kind of like the NFL did years ago.  Isn't this crap about players playing overseas the same but this time the shoe is on the other foot?  So the owners can't go out and get replacement players, but the players can go out and get a replacement league.  If you're a fan of the NBA and you want to cure all this crap DON'T go to any games and DON'T watch any games for one full year.  The league will loose billions, the weak teams will fold, the overage of players will make the remaning teams stronger, player money will go down, league money will go down and most of all the owners and players will learn they are doing all of this FOR THE FANS, and they'll appreciate things more and won't ever let this happen again.  Plus other sports will elarn the importance of THE FAN.




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2011 2:25 pm
 

Reports warn of breakdown in Bryant Italian deal

The only thing worse than the NBA is a European Basketball league.  I won't be watching either.



Since: Feb 18, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2011 2:17 pm
 

Reports warn of breakdown in Bryant Italian deal

DOES ANYONE REALLY THINK KOBE IS GOING OVERSEAS, CMON FIRST CHINA THEN TURKEY, NOW BOLOGNA, IF KOBE THINKS THE MILLIONS HE GETS NOW TO PLAY FOR THE LAKERS ISNT ENOUGH, WHY WOULD HE GO OVER SEAS AND RISK INJURY FOR A QUARTER OF WHAT HE MAKES, ALL THIS IS JUST LEVERAGE TO GET OWNERS TO THINK THESE GUYS DONT NEED THE NBA, AND TRY TO GET THEM TO GIVE IN, PROB IS THE OWNERS R CALLING THEIR BLUFFS, BESIDES DERON WILLIAMS NAME 1 TOP PLAYER THATS NOT FOREIGN WHO'S PLAYING OVER SEA'S, EXACTLY NONE, WHAT HAPPEN TO AMARE, DWIGHT, WADE, ROSE, AND LEBRICK, ALL THAT TALK AND SEV. MONTHS LATER NOTHING. DONT GIVE IN OWNERS THESE PLAYERS SUCK ANYWAY, LOOK AT HOW BAD THE NBA HAD GOTTEN IN THE LAST 15 YEARS, HALF THESE TEAMS DONT EVEN RUN PLAYS ANYMORE CUS THERE PLAYERS ARE TO DUMB TO FIGURE THEM OUT OR REMEMBER THEM, JUST LOOK AT THE SHOOTING PERCENTAGES OVER THE LAST 15 YEARS!!!




Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:08 pm
 

Reports warn of breakdown in Bryant Italian deal

He's not going to play in Italy. Virtus Bologna hasn't the money to pay him. They used KB's name to sell more and more seasonm tickets. That's the truth...



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 11:58 am
 

Reports warn of breakdown in Bryant Italian deal

NOBODY CARES!!!!!


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