The Kobe Bryant to Turkey rumors have seemed dead about seven times since the NBA lockout began, but Beşiktaş -- the team that is courting him -- won't go down without a fight. A very public fight, including letting the media know its every move, apparently.
The latest report is that Bryant and agent Rob Pelinka will meet Beşiktaş team president Yıldırım Demirören on Thursday, according to Ismail Senol of Turkish NBA TV. This despite previous reports to the contrary, like the one from Yahoo! Sports Marc Spears, that said there was "no chance that Bryant would take his talents to Turkey."
This latest meeting doesn't necessarily mean anything, but it's obvious that the Los Angeles Lakers All-Star and Pelinka know they would be wise not to turn down a meeting with a man willing to pay someone one million dollars per month to play basketball. Especially, of course, while the NBA has its players locked out for the foreseeable future.
Either way, it'll be interesting to see if Bryant and Pelinka change their minds about heading to Turkey following Thursday's meeting or if it's just another quick twist in the story before another reports says that there's still no chance Bryant joins Deron Williams in Beşiktaş.