Kobe Bryant To Play For Virtus Bologna
The NBA lockout does not seem to be prevalent in the media as much as the NFL lockout. As each week passes, it seems to be getting a bit more serious than most people have come to expect. Kobe Bryant, arguably the best player in the entire NBA, is currently under negotiations to play with Virtus Bologna in Italy.
In a meeting with reporters over the weekend, Claudio Sabatini (the president of Virtus Bologna) expressed optimism that Bryant will play for his club if the lockout continues. The deal is said to be "95% done" by Sabatini and Bryant will be paid over $3 million to play 35-40 days. That's roughly an average of about 10 games. If the NBA season resumes, Kobe will be allowed to return to the L.A. Lakers. However, any injuries sustained during his time abroad will void his contract extension with the Lakers.
This news comes as Dwayne Wade and other players nearly walked out of talks between NBA team owners and athletes last Friday. The dispute revolved around the players’ salary cap and revenue sharing. The NBA season is set to begin on November 1st, but NBA Commissioner David Stern announced he will cancel the entire season if both sides can not come to an agreement.