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Overseas option still open for Kobe Bryant

Posted on: September 17, 2011 12:24 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2011 12:27 pm
Posted by Ben Golliverkobe-bryant-china

Summer has turned to fall without an NBA labor deal, but the story hasn't changed for Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant

The Associated Press reports that Bryant is still saying he could play overseas if the ongoing NBA lockout results in a work stoppage.

The Los Angeles Lakers superstar told The Associated Press on the sidelines of a youth basketball clinic in Singapore that he didn't know if there will be a 2011-12 season and hasn't ruled out playing abroad.

"I could," Bryant said Saturday. "I'm playing abroad right now.''

Bryant said he may join informal workouts with Lakers teammates in the future, but that no such sessions have been scheduled yet.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times caught upwith National Basketball Players Association president Derek Fisher, who said he is in regular communication with Bryant regarding the negotiations with NBA and its owners.
"I talk to him regularly," said Fisher.

And, don't tell me, Bryant wants you to grind your teeth and bite your tie and bully the owners into submission?

"That would be a fair assessment," said Fisher.
That's no surprise, as Ken Berger of reported that Bryant addressed a group of players in August, preaching solidarity. 

We're inching closer to the date when the NBA preseason schedule will be compromised and, by extension, the date when every player who floated the possibility of playing overseas, including Bryant, will have his bluff called. It still makes zero sense for Bryant to risk injury and the future guaranteed dollars on his contract by competing professionally overseas. To sum this up, we're probably no closer to the day Bryant does suit up for an international team, but we might be getting closer to the day Bryant, and other NBA players in his situation, stop mentioning the possibility.

Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2011 10:43 am

Overseas option still open for Kobe Bryant

I know several Lakers fans who wish Kobe would go overseas, and somehow void his ridiculous NBA contract. He was great, and is still very good. However, he's nowhere near as good as he once was, and certainly not deserving of the huge amount of money in his latest bloated contract. His latest deal goes like this:

The deal, which had been rumored to be worth close to $90 million, will actually pay Bryant $83.5 million. It is a back-loaded deal, with Bryant set to earn $25.2 million in 2011-12, $27.8 million in 2012-13 and $30.4 million in 2013-14, according to the memo.

Bryant's salary in 2013-14 is significant because it will make him the first player since in 1996-97 and 1997-98 to be paid more than $30 million in a season. The Bulls paid Jordan $30.1 and $33.1 million for his last two seasons in Chicago.

It's crazy to be paying him this amount of money when his skills and ability are in decline. Don't yell at me Hosers, He's getting older. It's not me or anybody else bringing him down, it's Mother Nature. Jordan was paid a ridiculous amount of money, but when he came back for his final three years in Chicago, they won three more championships. A much better return on their investment than Kobe (at least so-far).
 And to the people that say "the Lakers owe him", NO THEY DON'T. He was paid extremely well for his playing. Nothing more is owed him unless he earns it. I can't believe how players are always expecting some kind of bonus for doing their jobs well. When you make millions per year, you are obligated to try your hardest and do your best to earn that salary.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2011 9:45 am

Overseas option still open for Kobe Bryant

I think ALL the NBA "stars" should go overseas and play for a fraction of what they make in the NBA, especially without those U.S. endorsements, and the preferential treatment they think they are entitled to.

Owners should run "greed vs. reality" ads showing what happened in Detroit when employees priced themselves out of a job, and business owners were too slow and greedy to do something about it before it was too late...and then show Latrelle Sprewell's yacht, LeBron's mansion and Kobe's cars.

The League should go on without these guys with new rosters from draftees, tryouts, foreign players and NBPA deserters... Before long, the prima donna EX-NBA "stars" will have a different perspective about what they threw away, especially the ones in a Turkish hospital or a Chinese jail.    

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: September 19, 2011 2:53 pm

Overseas option still open for Kobe Bryant

Someone wrote kobe should be here fighting the fight....these aren't sweat shop workers in the garment district 1927....solidarity....even the poor nba players live a life most will never come close to....which is fine...I don't begrudge them that....but this is not real union crap or people being exploited in true sense......these are guys making tons of money doing something they love without the financial risk.....owners can lose money....players can't....they get paid whether the teams turn a profit of not.....that's not exploitation.......if a team loses money all player contracts get reduced automatically by would that sound.....screw these guys.....get whatever you can but noone in the world is feeling sorry for them.....are they?

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: September 19, 2011 10:31 am

Overseas option still open for Kobe Bryant

Overseas basketball is much better than the schoolyard basketball
they play in the NBA.

Since: Feb 28, 2009
Posted on: September 18, 2011 9:37 am

Overseas option still open for Kobe Bryant

After reading this I'm still asking myself, who cares if any NBA player plays overseas or not. The start of the NBA season is the only thing that really matters, not Kobe giving 75 percent for some second reate Euro squad.
It would be even better if he and some other players would start "Team Philly" and play other NBA players who represent diff. native cities around the country. At least that keeps everything in the general fans frame of reference.

Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: September 17, 2011 6:36 pm

Overseas option still open for Kobe Bryant

i agree rest up for shorten season never know injuries overseas ugh all we need

Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: September 17, 2011 6:29 pm

Overseas option still open for Kobe Bryant

I heard the presser in which this photo was taken. The question asked was, "Kobe what is 2 plus 2?" You see from the photo that Kobe was really stumped on that "tough" question. Kobe is and has always been about himself. He should be here fighting the fight with Derek Fisher. It's not Kobe doesn't have enough money...well he is married to that gold digger, so? I lost all respect (what little I had) for Kobe Bryant, when he faced rape charges and then started trying to sell everybody out (Shaq) to save his own hide. In prison your known as a rat. To a team or close group of guys/gals working together, your known as a snake. But I guess it shouldn't suprise me. Look at this years playoffs. His team loses, it's Pau's fault for being to soft. It's Save the humpback whale's (or whatever his name is) fault for jacking up threes, it's the popcorn vendor's fault for making the popcorn smell too good and Kobe missed his free throw because of this. It's Shaq's fault for, well I'm sure the "black rat" will think of a reason, just give him time.

Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: September 17, 2011 3:14 pm

Overseas option still open for Kobe Bryant

OK, going to get on  soapbox a bit here...Here is the difference between the NFL and the NBA, the NFL players asscociation decertified, sued the owners and said, "we aren't going anywhere." They could have played in Canada or the AFL if they wanted to but they chose to stay here and fight it out. The NBA players look weak and do not have a united front when the response from the marquee players is one that says, "to heck with the owners and the fans that support them, I am going to go get mine in Europe, call me if you want me to play back in the states." Way to fight for the "game you love." You care more about the paycheck from anybody than you do about saving your own game. N\THe NBA players should be ashamed and will not beat the ownership with the current attitude. The attitude Kobe shows above is classic, stay here and fight the battle as the Player's assoc President, me and the guys are going to go get paid and play in Europe, but have fun fighting with the owners, give them hell. Last thing, if you were an owner and you had a player threaten to play overseas, what would you do? They are still going to be selling jerseys that you get paid on, he injures himself and you are not responisble for the contract, worst case, he broadens the appeal of your game when he does come back and if he doesn't you sue him for everything he has for break of contract and there is no solidarity when everyone goes and takes another job rather than walking a picket line!

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: September 17, 2011 2:41 pm

Overseas option still open for Kobe Bryant

I love his passion on the court and his mentality to win no matter the circumstances. I'm probably the only Celtics fan that loves to watch Kobe play the game and probably the only Celtics fan that will watch Lakers games to see him play even with the rivalry, although when they play each other I want Kobe to lose but he is the closest thing to Jordan in terms of work ethic, IQ, and the will to win. How about Kobe takes a season off and fix his knee up if needed (surgery?) and rehab so he can add another 3-5 years on his career.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2011 2:11 pm

Overseas option still open for Kobe Bryant

I think they ALL need to play overseas for a fraction of what they make in the NBA, without the endorsements, attention and preferential treatment they recieve in the U.S.... then they maybe they might appreciate what they are throwing away, which of course, starts with the fans that give them the opportunity in the forst place.

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