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  1. Report: Now Kobe negotiating three-game exhibition tour in Italy

    Oct 17, 2011, 3:48 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    “The Kobe Cup” That’s Kobe Bryant’s latest plans for Italy — an exhibition tour with some kind of cup to play for. Those plans of him playing even one game for Virtus Bologna are toast, according to Sportando, but his plans to return to Italy and play some games will not die. More accurately, Virtus…

  2. Italian team asks President Obama to help recruit Kobe

    Oct 13, 2011, 9:10 AM EST

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    Claudio Sabatini, the owner of Italian league club Virtus Bologna, is both a media whore and desperate. He has tried desperately to land Kobe Bryant and gone public with it to get attention every step of the way. Now, with a $2 million offer for one game out there, Sabatini found a way to come…

  3. Report: Kobe Bryant close to $2 million, one-game deal in Italy

    Oct 12, 2011, 10:08 AM EST

    Italy Basketball Bryant Bologna

    I’ll believe it when I see him walk on the court in another uniform, but the Kobe Bryant to Italy rumors remain the cockroach of rumors and will not go away. But if it were to happen, this new one-game “Kobe night” rumor makes more sense. That is the latest report out of Italy via…

  4. Italian squad down to offering Kobe one game contract

    Oct 6, 2011, 9:41 AM EST

    Italy Basketball Bryant Bologna

    It looks like the ride on the Kobe Bryant publicity train is almost over for Italian club Virtus Bologna, but the team is going public trying to milk it for all its worth. Not that they didn’t want him — they re-arranged the league’s schedule to help facilitate his arrival. It’s just that it was…

  5. Expect a “fairly careful” Kobe Bryant to play in Italy

    Oct 4, 2011, 10:40 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Talks are moving along for Kobe Bryant to play for Virtus Bologna in the Italian League — if the NBA labor talks stall out in New York, Kobe might really make the jump. Just don’t expect the full Kobe Bryant. Part of what makes Kobe “Kobe” is an unrelenting drive and desire to win every…

  6. Video: Kobe’s Italian movie trailer (for Nike, of course)

    Oct 3, 2011, 6:12 PM EST

    Italy Basketball Bryant Bologna

    Got to say this for Nike — that is one awesome marketing department. Out of Nike’s Italian sportswear division comes this beauty of a movie trailer for “Milano Kalibro Kobe.” Which is interesting because Kobe was not going to play in Milan…. unless Nike knows something we don’t. Honestly, I’d see this movie. Subtitles or…

  7. Italian league working “intensely” to rearrange schedule for Kobe

    Oct 3, 2011, 10:36 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    If only the sense of urgency and willingness to compromise we see from the Italian league in efforts to bring in Kobe Bryant could be seen from the NBA and its players union in talks to end the lockout. Because in Italy they are doing whatever it takes to get a deal done. We told…

  8. Other Italian league players plan special welcome for Kobe

    Sep 30, 2011, 2:10 PM EST

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    It looks more and more like the plans to get Kobe Bryant playing in Italy are dead in the water. Unless some incentive is found for other teams in the league to re-arrange their schedules to accommodate Virtus Bologna — so the team can get more games in larger venues while Bryant is there —…

  9. Report: Scheduling issues could kill Kobe deal in Italy

    Sep 30, 2011, 9:49 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Three

    The Italian League where Kobe Bryant is close to playing is not quite like the NBA in a lot of ways. One is the scheduling — as in it’s not set yet. The league is set to tip-off Oct. 9 but the schedule is still being reworked. For example, Venezia was just being added as…

  10. Kobe reaches deal to play in Italy. Almost. Team calls it “95 percent.”

    Sep 30, 2011, 9:21 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    UPDATE #2, 9:56 am: And as fast as it came together, the deal may already be falling apart. Virtus Bologna had requested a special schedule during the 40 days the team was to have Kobe Bryant, but that has been rejected by the Italian league. This may lead to the entire deal to collapse as the…

  11. Kobe says it’s “very possible” he plays in Italy. Sure it is.

    Sep 28, 2011, 11:26 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant knows marketing. He knows that if you’re in Italy promoting Nike and your brand, and there are rumors swirling about offers for you to play in Italy during the lockout, it’s bad marketing to say, “No, no way I’m playing here.” You give people some hope if you want to sell more shoes.…

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

    Sep 28, 2011, 8:40 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    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…

  13. Kobe gets $6.7 million offer from Italian team, now his call

    Sep 23, 2011, 10:07 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    The ball is now in Kobe Bryant’s court, a massive offer is on the table. But even with the lockout, I’d be surprised if he picks it up. Thursday night officials from Virtus Bologna had a conference call with Rob Pelinka, the agent for Kobe, and laid out four different contract options, according to the…

  14. Report: Kobe, agent to talk with Italian team about new offer

    Sep 22, 2011, 10:41 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    Kobe Bryant still has an offer on the table from Italian squad Virtus Bologna — one modified from the original offer to allow for a range of options — and he and his agent will have a conference call with the team to discuss it, according to various reports out of Europe. That is all…

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

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:09 AM EST

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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…

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