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Report: Kobe Bryant to meet Besiktas on Thursday

Posted on: August 3, 2011 5:22 pm
Posted by Ben Golliverkobe-bryant

Turkish club Besiktas will not relent on its tumultuous courtship of Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant.

Turkish media outlet NTV SPOR reports that the club's prsident Yildirim Demiroren is scheduled to meet with Bryant and his agent, Rob Pelinka, on Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles. NTV Sport is the same outlet that broke Besiktas' agreement with New Jersey Nets All-Star point guard Deron Williams earlier this summer.

The report comes days after a source told both and Yahoo! Sports that there was a "zero percent" chance that Bryant would play for Besiktas, which has been publicly pursuing him for weeks. 

So what's with all the give and take, back and forth, stories changing by the minute? Most likely, this is simply a story of a millionaire athlete playing hard to get, forcing an eager suitor to negotiate against itself for his services.

Despite more than $80 million in guaranteed future salary, his age and his recent injury history, Bryant has made it clear that he wants to stay busy if the ongoing NBA lockout leads to a work stoppage.

"I'm just waiting for my phone to ring," Bryant said last Sunday, according to "I will play anywhere."

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 6:34 pm

Report: Kobe Bryant to meet Besiktas on Thursday

Bryant and Williams in the back court would be a threat in any league, I can't imagine the damage they would do in the Turkish League (no disrespect).. Atleast I'll know who to bet I'm gonna have to brush up on the Euro Leagues I guess.

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