â†µâ‡¥"Because I grew up in Italy it has more significance to me because I'm more familiar with it, I've been there and I still have friends there," said Bryant, a three-time NBA champion. "I'm thinking about buying a house out there. It would be nothing to me to be able to do that." â†µâ†µThis is all deeply hypothetical at this point. And let's not forget, Kobe the 2011 free agent will be 33, and have titles to his name -- the polar opposite of James, title-less and still trying to define the meaning of his prime at 25. LeBron would be putting his career on hold, and it could be lose/lose: Play too well, and you make Europe look like a joke, while anything less would hurt the brand. For Kobe, it's somewhere between a coda and a mild coup. â†µ
â†µPlus, Kobe's reflecting on a return to his childhood home; LeBron's got Greece, which is plesant, or Russia. Russia. Then again, despite all the differences between Kobe-to-Italy and LeBron to the highest international bidder, there was this from the reigning MVP: "Do you know any reasonable person that would turn down 50 (million dollars)?"â†µ
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