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Italian club alters offer to Kobe: $2.5 million for one month

Sep 28, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

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It sounds like Kobe Bryant and Italian team Virtus Bologna are farther apart on a deal than the NBA owners and players.

Recently Kobe reportedly demanded $15 million, before taxes, to play an entire season. Owner Claudio Sabatini was shocked by this (it was more than double his last offer) and came back with his own new offer, according to Sportando.

Claudio Sabatini made a new offer to Kobe Bryant: $2.5M before taxes for one month (more than $1M net).

Hard to say that will motivate Kobe, but it was never really about the money. Kobe has plenty and is set to make $25 million next NBA season, so another $1 million is pocket change to him. That said, this has always been more about the PR than actually landing the player to Virtus Bologna, and this is good PR.

In the end, the real question was always “does Kobe want to go?” And with his desire to win a sixth ring as his real motivation, risking injury and putting more miles on tired knees to play overseas never really made sense.

But he says he is listening, which means the offers will keep coming,

  1. edmazeing1 - Sep 28, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Damn shame when ($1mill net) a month is consider pocket change to you, Must be Nice!!!

  2. florida727 - Sep 28, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    Yep. He’s listening. It’s just not to the ‘offers’. The only thing Kobe is listening to is the media constantly keeping his name front-and-center which his sponsors love since it pushes more Kobe gear through the retail channels. Face it, it’s nothing but a publicity stunt to even entertain these so-called offers. If you can’t see through this, you’re more blind than the people who actually spend their hard earned money to buy and then wear his gear and think that makes them ‘cool’.

  3. kyleortonsarm - Sep 28, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    I bet that would be totally worth it if Kobe didn’t suck.

    • cosanostra71 - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:03 PM


  4. icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    That’s it?

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