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D-Will: Kobe would be 'The Man' playing in China

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08:03 AM ET 07.11 | Deron Williams is a headliner, but, depending on the direction of the lockout, he sees even bigger names playing overseas. Williams said any collective bargaining agreement that would leave stars such as Kobe Bryant making only $11 million a year -- the owners have proposed cutting players' salaries by roughly a third -- could open the door for an unprecedented exodus to Europe. "[Kobe] could go make more money overseas, I guarantee you," said Williams. ... "I see him going to China or somewhere," said Williams, who teamed with Bryant to help the U.S. win the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. "He's big in China. I was over there with him in Beijing. He's 'The Man' over there."

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July 11, 2011  08:33 AM ET

They could rename Sweet and Sour Chicken after him and call it Kobe # 24.

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July 11, 2011  08:36 AM ET

who ever that will go over there will be the man... smh

July 11, 2011  08:54 AM ET

Just rest, Bro.

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July 11, 2011  10:01 AM ET

Players are just saying they are leaving as way to pressure the league and owners to accept their deal. Until a deal is reached thes stories will be the norm here on FN.
Elite players will make the money wherever they go. I bet most money will be in China.

July 11, 2011  10:02 AM ET
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Dumb -UCKING comment. Go back to sleep!!!!!

LOL you must be a Kobe fan, my sincere condolences

July 11, 2011  10:15 AM ET
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I wonder if the hookers in China are as tight as the one in Colorado?

SD?

July 11, 2011  10:15 AM ET

Good morning, all...I hope you all had a pleasant and relaxing weekend.

As for this thread..Kobe, nor any of the other superstars (except DWill, of course) aren't going anywhere UNLESS this lockout eliminates the next 2 seasons. These guys don't really need the money or the exposure, and I personally think most of the stars will simply wait the league out and see what shakes up after that. Time will tell, I guess...

July 11, 2011  10:16 AM ET

YouthAttack....what up, homeboy? How you livin', dawg?

July 11, 2011  10:16 AM ET

Meatplow...in the HOUSE!! What up, brotha?

July 11, 2011  10:17 AM ET

JGB, Guam Baller...what up, fellas? What be the haps?

July 11, 2011  10:22 AM ET

Kobe is the man here and will be the man in china. Truly, an international superstar.

July 11, 2011  10:26 AM ET
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LOL you must be a Kobe fan, my sincere condolences

I'm not a Kobe fan, but regardless it still was a Dumb -UCKING comment!!!!!

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July 11, 2011  11:02 AM ET
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Yo...wassup

Nada, my brotha...trying my best to not turn into a puddle of sweat everytime I walk outdoors...geez, it's hot as hell outside. I keep asking myself who forgot to pay the air conditioning bill; it's hotter than somebody's garbage breath outside!

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