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Kobe Bryant to Besiktas has 'zero percent' chance

Posted on: July 31, 2011 1:43 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2011 4:58 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliverkobe-bryant-deron-williams

Could all this Kobe Bryant to Turkey talk turn out to be just talk?

Both NBA.com and Yahoo! Sports reported on Sunday that there is a "zero percent" chance Bryant plays for Besiktas -- the Turkish professional team that agreed to sign New Jersey Nets All-Star point guard Deron Williams and has been actively pursuing Bryant for weeks -- during a work stoppage caused by the ongoing NBA lockout.

Here's NBA.com's report on Twitter.
Source: Kobe Bryant has not spoken with Turkish team in 2 wks. Current chance he plays there in fall: "zero percent." Source does indicate Bryant would consider overseas options if lockout continues.
Here's Yahoo!'s virtually identical report on Twitter.
Source says Lakers' Kobe Bryant hasnt talked to Turkey Besiktas in 2 weeks & currently there is a 0% chance he goes there... Source added Kobe is considering other overseas options is lockout doesn't end.
The dual reports come just one day after Bryant was reportedly scheduled to meet with Besiktas officials.

As we've noted before, Bryant's age, injury history and the $83 million set to be paid to him by the Lakers over the course of the next three seasons work against him playing professionally in a competitive league during the lockout.
 
Pursuing Bryant was a high-reward and no-risk situation for Besiktas. Tying their club name to a player of Bryant's stature only increases the club's profile. Besiktas doesn't need to worry about catching backlash over a failed effort because it already has Williams waiting in the wings. Landing Bryant would have been incredible -- a globe-stopping move, at least in the basketball world -- but life will go on for the club.

As will, surely, negotiations between Bryant's representatives and the other clubs and interests looking to get in on the action. Whatever that action might be.
Comments

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2011 8:36 pm
 

Kobe Bryant to Besiktas has 'zero percent' chance

Seems easy. There was always going to be football. The debt ceiling will get raised and there will be an NBA season with all the usual suspects playing. It makes for good discussion until next season but that's whats going to happen.



Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2011 7:21 pm
 

Kobe Bryant to Besiktas has 'zero percent' chance

What an absolutely brilliant post! I couldn’t agree more. I hope that there is  lockout this season that lasts at least a year! The NBA is no where near as popular as the NFL and it would be devastating for them as a league. People need their football… most of America wouldn’t care about a lockout of the NBA. I want there to be a lockout maybe it would change this league for the better.. .change the image of the  league as a whole. They need to start fresh! This league is watered down! PLEASE David stern get rid of at least two teams it will make everything a lot better!



Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 7:01 pm
 

Kobe Bryant to Besiktas has 'zero percent' chance

These superstar players should refrain from playing overseas. If they don't get to bring their NBA ref's with them, they may not get their Superstar Treatment that they're used to. That could expose a lot of their moves as "walking" and "carrying the ball".
Plus, do we really want NBA primadonnas out there in the world as ambassadors for the United States? I know a lot of countries out there don't like us, but this could unite them all against us.
SCARY.



Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2011 6:51 pm
 

Kobe Bryant to Besiktas has 'zero percent' chance

Truth be told there are zero reports that say that there is zero chance that kobe will play in Turkey,.. There are multiple tweets from various twitter accounts that this blogger quoted..so how many twitts equal a report,...



Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2011 6:50 pm
 

Kobe Bryant to Besiktas has 'zero percent' chance

Truth be told there are zero reports that say that there is zero chance that kobe will play in Turkey,.. There are multiple tweets from various twitter accounts that this blogger quoted..so how many twitts equal a report,...



Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Kobe Bryant to Besiktas has 'zero percent' chance

I know he would have enjoyed himself.  I had a great time on a two-week vacation back in October, 2008.  Best vacation ever.   



Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2011 4:37 pm
 

Kobe Bryant to Besiktas has 'zero percent' chance

He's going to save his legs, the only way he plays during any down-time is in exhibitions or where he won't have to run the floor a lot or do a lot of minutes. He's a smart head-up player, he's not about to use up any legit minutes on his legs. He will however play to stay in shape, if the season is delayed too long. I'm sure money will have little to do with any inticing into playing hard minutes anywhere other than the lakes.


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Since: Mar 31, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2011 4:32 pm
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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 3:36 pm
 

Kobe Bryant to Besiktas has 'zero percent' chance

From 80% to 0%...what changed? Not enough money? Too much money? Commute too far? 



Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Kobe Bryant to Besiktas has 'zero percent' chance

Shocked actually. Plenty of Turkish chics for him to rape. He would have a field day.


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