Kobe Says He Would Play In Italy For $50 Million

They say that everybody has a price. Apparently that price is $50 million! There has been an exodus of NBA players going over to Europe in search of more money after Brandon Jennings decided to skip college and play in Italy. Guys like Jorge Garbajosa, Juan Carlos Navarro, Primoz Brezec, Carlos Delfino, Bostjan Nachbar, Nenad Krstic, Josh Childress, Earl Boykins and Carlos Arroyo. Let’s be real for a second…none of these players were stars on their respective teams anyway, so losing them is no big deal because each of these guys can be replaced. But LeBron James caused a bit of a stir when he announced that he would consider playing overseas for $50 million (reportedly there has been some contact between a couple of European teams and James). Kobe Bryant echoed that statement yesterday when he said that if an Italian team offered him “Fiddy mil” he would jump ship too. Italy makes the most sense for him because not only did he grow up there, but back in ’99 he acquired 50% ownership in Olimpia Milano of the Italian Professional Basketball League. The NBA doesn’t seem to be overly concerned about losing one of their stars to a European team which to me seems a bit arrogant. Apparently they feel like the NBA is the ultimate destination for basketball players around the world, and in a sense they are correct. But at the end of the day…money talks. As Kobe put it,  “Do you know any reasonable person that would turn down 50 (million dollars)?” No Kobe, I don’t.


One Response

  1. This is the future of the NBA, they are going to be expanding worldwide over the next decade to prevent NBA stars jumping ship.

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