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Report: Italian club offers Kobe Bryant $600,000 per game

Sep 20, 2011, 10:09 AM EDT

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For international clubs looking to sign an American star, Kobe Bryant is the biggest fish in (or across) the pond. The Laker guard remains the most recognizable active player on the planet, the most marketable, plus there’s the whole “he’s really good” thing.

Kobe has been offered $600,000 per home game to play for Virtus Bologna in the Italian league, the team’s owner told Bolognabasket.it (via I am a GM). The offer would start on Nov. 13, when the Italian team starts play (and far enough into an NBA lockout that Kobe would have an idea how long things might last). His deal would have to have an NBA opt out for when the lockout ends.

That’s a lot of money to turn away from, especially if the Bank of Kobe is open.

Remember Kobe has Italian roots, having lived there for years as a youth while his father played in Italy. He loves the country. Kobe speaks fluent Italian, so he would be able to cuss at opponents and teammates in their native tongue.

The question with Kobe has been would a guy set to make $25 million in the NBA and who desperately wants a sixth ring risk injury and put more miles on his legs for any amount of money?

If he is, this is not the only big money offer that will be out there.

  1. denverdude7 - Sep 20, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Kobe,

    You have GOT to take this deal. Think of the wife and kids. No more scripping to make ends meet. No more shopping at Walmart trying to stretch your budget, No more sleepless nights wondering if you’ll be able to make the mortgage payment.

    Also, please do us a favor and take Bron-Bron with you. But, please be sure his contract doesn’t have the same buyout option as yours. In other words, LEAVE HIS SORRY CARCASS THERE !!!!!!!

  2. gator16335 - Sep 20, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Lets do the math $600,000.per game x 30 gms= $18,000,000.00 so why would he take the $25 million dollar contract for x # of yrs when he could retire after one season. I would saay go for it Kobe.

  3. onecowboyfan - Sep 20, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    That is not only an attractive offer during a lockout but, it also makes sense too. By Nov. 13 he would be playing basketball anyway, why not in Italy where he has some history, take the wife and kids along, they all get to experience living over there while KB 24 stays in game shape. If this lockout thing lingers??? Take the deal Black Mamba!

  4. harveyballwanger - Sep 20, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    600,000 to play basketball??? haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  5. bturner032002 - Sep 20, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    uhh he make 25 mil a year not contract

  6. florida727 - Sep 20, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Interesting dynamic in play here. The money is the obvious part. As “gator” mentioned, a home game here at $600K, a home game there at $600K, pretty soon you’re talking real money. And if the lockout looks to effect that $25M contract, why not jump ship? Playing obviously takes a toll on the legs, but so does Father Time. Depending on how much longer you think Kobe can command top dollar for his services, this move to pasta-village might be right for him. It sure would send a loud, clear message to the league and the owners, wouldn’t it?

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