Kobe Bryant is getting ever closer to signing in Italy, apparently. The latest reports indicate that Italian team Virtus Bologna and the Los Angeles Lakers' All-Star have a conference call in the works.
Bryant's agent, Rob Pelinka, "responded" to Virtus Bologna's offer from earlier in the week, according to a release posted on the team's website. It's unclear what sort of response Pelinka issued regarding the $6.7 million offer from the Italian team, but the fact that there's a conference call planned is probably good news for the fans in Italy hoping to watch the Black Mamba ply his trade in Europe this season.
And yes, there are apparently plenty of fans in Italy hoping for Bryant to return to the country in which he spent a decent portion of his formative years -- The team has even set up an e-mail for those fans interested in helping secure Bryant's services (translation via Google Translate).
We call on all white fans and enthusiasts to help us bring in Bologna an ambassador of basketball in the world such as Kobe Bryant, convincing him directly with your email messages to be sent to BolognaPerBryant@virtus.it. All your calls will be published on our website.
If it works, I am ready to set up the EndTheNBALockout@sbnation.com e-mail for everyone to help us end the NBA lockout.