ROME – NBA star Kobe Bryant suggested Wednesday that a move to Italy is more than just a possibility.
European clubs have been in touch with some top NBA stars over temporary moves to Europe due to the current impasse over the NBA lock-out in the United States.
Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Bryant has been approached by Italians Bologna and during a promotional trip to Milan with his sponsors he admitted he is seriously considering the move.
“It’s very possible, it would be a dream for me. There’s an opportunity and we’re talking about it right now,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“We’ll see what happens. There’s no news today but maybe tomorrow. It’s a great honor for me to return to Italy, this is one of my homes.”
Bryant spent a large part of his youth in Italy after his father moved here to continue his own professional basketball career having left the Houston Rockets.
Bryant speaks near-perfect Italian and claims to be an AC Milan fan.
Bologna originally offered $800,000-net for a three-game deal but are now said to be trying to put together a $5-million package that would see Bryant play the entire European season in Italy, should no resolution be found to the current NBA lock-out. (Agence France-Presse)