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Report: Kobe Bryant was near deal with Besiktas in Turkey prior to match-fixing scandal

Jul 16, 2011, 3:12 PM EDT

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Hey, so that whole thing about Besiktas being in trouble for football match-fixing?

Yeah, bad timing on that.

Jonathan Givony from Draft Express reports that Besiktas was nearing a deal for Kobe Bryant for $450,000 a month. That’s a $250k increase over what Deron Williams is reportedly getting. Which makes sense, since Bryant is arguably the biggest internationally known basketball player in the world.

So, yeah, having your account frozen, if the earlier report is accurate, that’s a bit of bad luck, that.

Deron Williams and Kobe Bryant on the same team would be the biggest ticket in Europe for basketball. It would likely open doors to television opportunities and increase sponsorship exponentially. If Besiktas’ personnel is cleared of the charges and Bryant does agree to come over, that changes the whole complexion of their future. It also sends a strong message to the owners that the best players will be going over.

The problem, naturally is that the $450,000 Besiktas would pay Bryant is money that could go to multiple members of the NBA non-elite, who are the ones that will struggle the most in the lockout. If the players are doing this only for themselves, great, should be a nice working vacation. But if this is being done to try and break ownership, some of that money needs to be spread to the rest of the players. Otherwise, all the stars will be doing is taking away more opportunities for the majority of the union to survive a prolonged lockout.

Williams and Bryant. He’d finally have a point guard worthy of his talents.

  1. sguy2130 - Jul 16, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Sure he was….who started this rumor, his agent? the players union? LOL at sending the crap out to the media. Fix the salary cap structure and the NBA, don’t give in owners. The competitive balance is way out of wack and needs to be fixed.

  2. goforthanddie - Jul 16, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    “the $450,000 Besiktas would pay Bryant is money that could go to multiple members of the NBA non-elite, who are the ones that will struggle the most in the lockout.”

    “all the stars will be doing is taking away more opportunities for the majority of the union to survive a prolonged lockout.”

    THANK YOU.

  3. rreducla1 - Jul 17, 2011 at 2:07 AM

    I admire Moore’s populist instincts, but as is generally the case when he makes the mistake of writing about Kobe Bryant, there are some logical failings–and that is assuming the story is evern accurate.

    Moore seems to assume that Besiktas would give the 450K/month to marginal guys if Bryant doesn’t take it. Seems unlikely And this is the first time that I have heard, in all the Europe rumors, of this type of selfishness on the part of a player being an implied motive. Coincidence, I am sure.

    Finally, the biggest star on one of the league’s strongest brands leaving to go to Europe would, one would think, perhaps put a little pressure on the owners. I doubt they are particularly worried about Sonny Weems and Sasha Vujacic heading overseas. Kobe Bryant going might give them a bit of pause.

  4. rreducla1 - Jul 17, 2011 at 2:11 AM

    Or perhaps Moore is implying that Bryant should kick back some of his salary to the NBAPA. If this actually happens (doubtful) and Bryant does give some of his money to the NBAPA, I am sure Moore will be front-and-center praising Bryant for it.

  5. cosanostra71 - Jul 17, 2011 at 4:37 AM

    I’m glad he didn’t go… we need him to rest up!!

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