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Kobe inching toward China?


08:04 AM ET 08.01 | The same day Kobe Bryant said he would play anywhere, Besiktas seemed to fall out of the race. [Bryant] is engaged in far more substantive contract talks with teams in China than he is Turkish team Besiktas, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Besiktas coach Ergin Ataman tweeted Sunday that the team made an official offer to Bryant last week and plans to meet with Bryant's agent in Los Angeles this week. However, a source close to Bryant said he hasn't had conversations with the Turkish team in two weeks, and labeled Bryant's chances of playing with Besiktas at "zero percent." ... He has exchanged proposals with Chinese teams, and one source said it's unlikely Bryant would accept any deal that pays him less than $1.5 million per month.

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August 1, 2011  09:03 AM ET

The owners should really make this interesting and go forward with the season as scheduled using scab, international and D league type players.

I will be totally down for that....

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August 1, 2011  09:56 AM ET

Should you stay or should you go, Bro?

August 1, 2011  09:59 AM ET

He doesn't love L.A.???

August 1, 2011  10:01 AM ET

What is that hand gesture Kobe is doing??? He appears to be giving the 'hook-em-horns' gesture, either that or he is a worshiper of the dark arts??? ;)

August 1, 2011  10:01 AM ET

Should you stay or should you go, Bro?

I am diggin that Clash reference bro ;)

August 1, 2011  10:24 AM ET

Watching scabs and sub par players, really? It will get the same ratings as WNBA guys, little to none.

August 1, 2011  10:26 AM ET

Must be a slow news day, wasn't this recycled news a week ago?

August 1, 2011  10:30 AM ET

Hellz yeah... the NBA will thrive so long as there's humans in jerseys. These players are pushing it. If I'm an owner I'd let this go to court. If my employees aren't willing to work I should be allowed to hire whoever has a mouth to feed. How do you expect the uneducated negro in derek fisher to negotiate a fair business deal. Not to say the owners aren't out to get more money. But the problem is DF is not smart enough to recognize a fair deal even if there's one on the table... so yeah this lock out will drag out due to lack of education in the inner cities.. derek fisher is a moron... he adds no value to the negotiations. All he has to offer is rhetoric and senseless principles. Players need to get a real business savy to represent them - not Hunter and Fisher.. they're making this a race thing... which shdn't be the case. It's about hedging against future inflation for the owners... that's all they're asking for... damit ****... read some books!

You are wrong about two things only in that great post lost. Fisher is educated as he went to college, but I agree he isn't the man for this job and refuses any deal that he personally dislikes. He said he pitied the NFL players for not havin the control of their destiny like their NBA brethren. Fisher needs to accept the players will not win this and accept the best deal possible. Secondly lost, it isnt a racial thing since at least one of the owners is black and at least one of the players is white. It's simply a case of player greed, period. If I was an owner, I'd explore the option of replacement players for the year.

August 1, 2011  10:36 AM ET

The issue of a looming lockout isn't about race. It's about owners finally wising up and balking at paying playes to sit on ESPN and wear makeup as as "analysts." Allen Houston, Reggie Miller and Jalen Rose were each still drawing big checks from teams while playing exactly no basketball. Can't see how that makes any sense.

As for Kobe, if his knee was anywhere near as bad as everyone was saying it was ("bone on bone"), shouldn't he be looking forward to getting some rest? Playing overseas, whether in Turkey or China, would greatly diminish his legacy in my opinion. Why isn't being the best player in the NBA good enough for him? Maybe the Nike marketing behemoth is seeing even more dollar signs because of Kobe's popularity in China.

August 1, 2011  10:36 AM ET

He wont accept any deal thats less than 1.5 mill a month? If that doesnt show just how spoiled these arrogant SOBs arewith our economy like it is, nothing will.

August 1, 2011  11:08 AM ET

"How do you expect the uneducated negro in derek fisher to negotiate a fair business deal" What are you talking about he went to the University of Arkansas but from the way you sound i guess you one of thoughs Herman Cain ,Clarence Thomas type of individuals.

What? a successful black man who didnt depend on athletics to make it?

August 1, 2011  11:11 AM ET

Intelligent,Confident and Knowledgeable people have not used the word "negro" in 4 decades plus.....I invite you to join the club.

Thank you, thats the same thought that came to my mind when i read his comment.

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August 1, 2011  11:15 AM ET

How many times can FN possibly recycle the same story? 20, 40 times?

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