Kobe Says He'd Take Italy's $50 Million

Color me unsurprised that Kobe would take up an Italian team on a $50 million per year vacation. Speaking to The Boston Globe, Bryant runs down all the reasons he's a special case: ↵
↵⇥"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." ↵
↵This 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. ↵
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↵Plus, 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)?"↵

This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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