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Kobe joins the “Hey, I may play overseas” parade

Jul 17, 2011, 4:25 PM EDT

Kobe China

Make no mistake, this is about leverage in negotiations.

However the threat of going overseas to play sounds reasonable coming from Kobe, a guy who has the money and is a competitor at heart. Doesn’t mean the guy whose body could use a little rest is actually going to go over to Europe or China, or even Turkey.

But as you can see from the video (with quotes below) he is playing along with the union’s “I’m open to playing overseas game.

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“The one thing about basketball is it’s a global sport now, so you can play anywhere you want to.

“As far as myself, I just train. I just train and be prepared for anybody that calls, whether the NBA starts again or a team in Europe or a team here in China decides to call, then I’ll be ready….

“I always like being the hunter, I’m going after something. It doesn’t matter that I have one now, that means nothing to me. I have five (NBA titles), next year I’m playing like I don’t have five, you know what I mean? I’m playing for that one. I’m not looking over my shoulder and seeing who is coming behind me, I’m coming to get something else.”

The reality is that while may well do a barnstorming tour of China but don’t expect more, no matter how long the lockout goes. But he knows how to play the game… the negotiations game.

  1. cosanostra71 - Jul 17, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    this may just be me but the video that played was about Derek Jeter

  2. goforthanddie - Jul 17, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    Little late with this one dude.

  3. 1historian - Jul 17, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    When a bull has eaten profusely and his digestive system has made the best possible use of the material he has eaten all that remains is waste, which the bull takes care of himself by lifting his tail and sending out from his anal cavity that which is known as:

    (you folks can finish the sentence yourselves)

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