I'm sick and tired of reading that Kobe Bryant is considering playing overseas during the NBA lockout. Turkey, China, Italy -- all destinations have been raised.
All are lies.
Kobe Bryant has a finite number of games left in his deteriorating knees, and he knows it. He also has some major individual goals left, not one of which -- not one -- can be achieved anywhere but in the NBA. Currently he is eighth on the all-time scoring list. Shaquille O'Neal is within easy reach at No. 7, but not if Kobe blows out what's left of his knees in Italy. And of course the big target is Michael Jordan at third. Jordan is two, maybe three seasons away. I'm telling you now, Kobe's knees will be a struggle to play more than two seasons. A third? Doubtful. And he knows it.
Do you really think he's going to waste a single game in what's left of his career to play in a foreign country, even Italy? Do you?