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#1 LALakersFan4Life

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Posted July 16, 2011 - 02:18 PM

Report: Kobe Bryant was near deal with Besiktas in Turkey prior to match-fixing scandal

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Hey, so that whole thing about Besiktas being in trouble for football match-fixing?

Yeah, bad timing on that.

Jonathan Givony from Draft Express reports that Besiktas was nearing a deal for Kobe Bryant for $450,000 a month. That’s a $250k increase over what Deron Williams is reportedly getting. Which makes sense, since Bryant is arguably the biggest internationally known basketball player in the world.

So, yeah, having your account frozen, if the earlier report is accurate, that’s a bit of bad luck, that.

Deron Williams and Kobe Bryant on the same team would be the biggest ticket in Europe for basketball. It would likely open doors to television opportunities and increase sponsorship exponentially. If Besiktas’ personnel is cleared of the charges and Bryant does agree to come over, that changes the whole complexion of their future. It also sends a strong message to the owners that the best players will be going over.

The problem, naturally is that the $450,000 Besiktas would pay Bryant is money that could go to multiple members of the NBA non-elite, who are the ones that will struggle the most in the lockout. If the players are doing this only for themselves, great, should be a nice working vacation. But if this is being done to try and break ownership, some of that money needs to be spread to the rest of the players. Otherwise, all the stars will be doing is taking away more opportunities for the majority of the union to survive a prolonged lockout.

Williams and Bryant. He’d finally have a point guard worthy of his talents.


http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/07/16/report-kobe-bryant-was-near-deal-with-besiktas-in-turkey-prior-to-match-fixing-scandal/#respond

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Posted July 16, 2011 - 02:35 PM

Hasn't fallen apart completely. He could very well still sign there if the scandal goes away

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Posted July 16, 2011 - 06:56 PM

Come play at Real Madrid Kobe if the lockout stays our just rest

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Posted July 17, 2011 - 12:51 AM

We are shocked that there is curruption?

Whats next?
D-Will leaves the Nets because he learns Pekrovov is involved in some shady buisness deals, or worse, what is known as Russian Politics?

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Posted July 17, 2011 - 07:32 AM

So there was almost a deal but now it's blown up? The media is downright lazy. Pathetic caffiene addicted sensationalists.
Again - this team, as currently constructed won't make it out of the second round of the playoffs, let alone the West or win the Finals.---fido on 2011 Lakers

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Posted July 18, 2011 - 11:38 AM

Hasn't fallen apart completely. He could very well still sign there if the scandal goes away

Or is they find an outside financial backer.

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Posted July 22, 2011 - 09:01 AM

Kobe Confirms Possibility Of Playing Abroad

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By REUTERS
Published: July 17, 2011 at 3:36 PM ET

NANJING, China (Reuters) - Kobe Bryant has said he is keeping his options open for next season while the National Basketball Association (NBA) remains in lockout.

The Los Angeles Lakers guard has been linked with a move to Turkish team Besiktas but said he had not made up his mind because of the uncertainty over the NBA.

"One thing about basketball is that it is a global sport now," Bryant told Reuters in an interview.

"So you can play anywhere you want to. As far as myself, I just train. I just train and be prepared for anybody that calls."

Bryant, who has won five NBA championship rings with the Lakers, has also been linked with a possible All-Star tour of Asia and again said that he was not ruling out anything.

"Whether the NBA starts again or a team in Europe or here in China decides to call, I'll be ready," he said.

The NBA ordered a lockout of players earlier this month after prolonged talks on a new collective bargaining agreement collapsed.

NBA officials have said 22 of the league's 30 clubs are losing money and that they are seeking contract changes to offset net losses they claim run to some $300 million.

The lockout has raised doubts about whether next season will start on time or go ahead at all.


http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2011/07/17/sports/basketball/sports-us-nba-bryant.html?_r=2&partner=rss&emc=rss

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Posted July 22, 2011 - 09:03 AM

Kobe Seeking $1 Million Monthly Salary To Play For Besiktas

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By Marc Stein
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The Turkish team that recently reached an agreement to sign All-Star guard Deron Williams if the NBA lockout drags on has placed its pursuit of Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant on hold, according to an overseas report.

Turkey's NTV Spor reported Monday that Besiktas' basketball funds have been tied up by the match-fixing scandal that has ripped through the Turkish soccer world, forcing Besiktas to search for outside funding to help with the further pursuit of NBA players.

According to NTV Spor, Besiktas was initially prepared to offer Bryant a monthly salary of $500,000. But Bryant, according to the report, is seeking a monthly salary of $1 million to join Williams. Sources told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard earlier this month that Williams' overall deal with Besiktas is worth $5 million.

DraftExpress.com first reported over the weekend that Besiktas and Bryant's camp were exchanging financial figures before the growing soccer crisis intervened.

Any further Besiktas basketball moves, according to the NTV Spor report, will depend on finding a wealthy outside sponsor. It remains to be seen, though, whether Bryant's own endorsement deal with Turkish Airlines can eventually help him land a deal with Besiktas or another Turkish club to give him a temporary new home should the lockout extend into October.

Williams tweeted a picture Friday of his signed Besiktas contract. There has been no indication yet that the financial problems suddenly confronting Besiktas because of the soccer scandal will impact Williams' deal with the Istanbul club, which has faced FIBA sanctions as recently as the 2009-10 season for not paying American players (Lonny Baxter and Kevin Fletcher) on time.

The deals Besiktas has offered Williams and Bryant include an out clause permitting the players to return immediately to the NBA once the lockout is lifted.


http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/6780429/turkish-team-besiktas-pursuit-kobe-bryant-hold

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Posted July 22, 2011 - 09:04 AM

Besiktas Confirms Talks With Kobe

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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: July 21, 2011 at 7:19 AM ET

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish club Besiktas is in talks with Kobe Bryant's representatives about the possibility of the Los Angeles Lakers' star playing in Turkey during the NBA lockout.

"It is a fact that Kobe Bryant's managers have contacted us," coach Ergin Ataman said Thursday, a week after Besiktas signed New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams.

Ataman said Bryant was waiting for an offer from Besiktas. The club, however, said it would need a sponsor to be able to pay for Bryant's contract.

"Our board will evaluate that," Ataman said.

Bryant, who has won five NBA titles with the Lakers and is a 13-time NBA All Star, has been on a tour of China, including a stop in Shanghai on Wednesday. He said he would consider playing overseas during the lockout and mentioned China and Turkey as possibilities.

Representatives other NBA players also have contacted Besiktas, Ataman said, without identifying any of them.

The Turkish League season starts in October.

Besiktas signed Allen Iverson, the NBA's MVP in 2001, last year but his time in Turkey was cut short due to injury.

Another NBA player, New Jersey guard Sasha Vujacic, signed last week with Turkish club Anadolu Efes. The 27-year old Slovenian guard agreed to a one-year deal with an optional second year.

Nets draft pick Bojan Bogdanovic also signed with Fenerbahce of the Turkish League in June.

Orlando Magic star Dwight Howard, a five-time All-Star, has said he would consider playing in China or Europe if the NBA lockout doesn't end.

Talks between the NBA and the union broke down June 30, and the owners decided to impose the league's first lockout since the 1998-99 season was shortened to 50 games. Both sides say there are significant differences between their proposals, raising the possibility that all or part of next season could be canceled.


http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/07/21/sports/basketball/AP-BKO-Turkey-Kobe-Bryant.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

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Posted July 22, 2011 - 09:07 AM

Kobe To Meet With Besiktas President In August

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By Broderick Turner
July 21, 2011, 6:28 p.m.

Kobe Bryant's representatives have had conversations about a deal for him to play for Turkish club team Besiktas this season in Istanbul, Besiktas Coach Ergin Ataman told The Times in a telephone interview Thursday.

Ataman said the team is trying to satisfy Bryant's salary demands so that he can join New Jersey Nets All-Star point guard Deron Williams on the team. Williams signed with Besiktas about a week ago.

"We made our offer to Kobe and now we are waiting for their comments about the situation," Ataman said. "But we didn't talk about details. I think they are thinking now about our offer, and I think in the beginning of August, the first week of August, our president [Yildirim Demiroren] will be in the United States for Deron Williams' press conference and I think that they will meet to sign in USA with Kobe."

Bryant's agent, Rob Pelinka, didn't return repeated phone calls Thursday to speak about the negotiations Ataman talked about.

Ataman said the money to pay Bryant's salary would come from the Besiktas club and a "special sponsor that we are talking with."

Bryant has an endorsement deal with Turkish Airlines.

Unlike NBA teams, European teams put sponsor names on the fronts of the team jerseys for advertisement.

"Yes, we feel Kobe will sign with us," Ataman said. "We feel because Besiktas is a very good club, very famous club. At this moment, after the United States, Turkey is in the best league in Europe. Besiktas has great fans. I think it is positive. So we are very optimistic about Kobe to sign."

Ataman said they view the conversations with Bryant as a "positive situation" because the team had long discussions with Williams before he agreed to a deal that reportedly will play him $5 million overall, about $350,000 per month.

Ataman was asked about the report that Bryant is seeking $1 million a month, double the amount of $500,000 Besiktas reportedly was offering.

"We are negotiating about this," Ataman said. "This amount is very, very big for Europe in this situation. But I think that we find a solution to arrive to be happy and to have a happy Kobe for the money. But the main thing I think will be that Kobe will come here to play basketball with Deron Williams to stay in shape, to take good money and to play basketball.

"The first option is the money. Of course, it is not impossible to take."

Ataman said Bryant, like Williams, will have an opt-out clause to leave Besiktas when the NBA lockout ends.

Bryant would be the biggest star to play in Europe during his prime.

A 13-time All-Star who has won five NBA championships with the Lakers over a 15-year career, Bryant has said he would be interested in playing in Turkey or China if the NBA season doesn't start on time on Nov. 1.

The Turkish League starts in October.

The NBA locked out its players July 1, and no negotiations appear to be on the horizon.

Bryant is touring in China and is scheduled to play a two-game exhibition in the Philippines on Saturday and Sunday.

Bryant, who turns 33 next month, has three years left on his deal with the Lakers for $83.5 million. He is coming off a procedure to treat an arthritic joint in his right knee.

Allen Iverson played for Besiktas last season but didn't finish the season because of injuries.

Besides Williams, Besiktas has signed Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia.


http://www.latimes.com/sports/basketball/nba/lakers/la-sp-kobe-bryant-turkey-20110722,0,2540945.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fsports%2Fbasketball%2Fnba%2Flakers+%28Lakers+Blog%29

#11 Mr.know.it.all

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Posted July 22, 2011 - 09:36 AM

I wish Kobe would rest his knee, he is the best, nothing to prove, has plenty of money Kobe please stay home and rest

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Posted July 22, 2011 - 01:23 PM

yeah same
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Posted July 22, 2011 - 02:19 PM

So if NBA players like KB will play in Europe for $1 mill/season whats the problem with playing in the USA for $20 mill?

Anyways, go to Europe KB.
sounds fun.

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Posted July 23, 2011 - 12:31 PM

Source: Kobe "Not Close" To Signing With Turkish Team

Kobe Bryant is "nowhere near any kind of a deal," in Turkey, source tells Y! "Not even close." He's listening to offers, but that's all now.


http://twitter.com/#!/WojYahooNBA/status/94779325190111233

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Posted July 23, 2011 - 12:51 PM

So if NBA players like KB will play in Europe for $1 mill/season whats the problem with playing in the USA for $20 mill?

Anyways, go to Europe KB.
sounds fun.

He does not want 1 mil a season he wants 1 mil a month.

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Posted July 23, 2011 - 12:55 PM

Williams and Bryant. He’d finally have a point guard worthy of his talents.


This.

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Posted July 23, 2011 - 02:54 PM

1 million a month. holy moley.

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Posted July 27, 2011 - 04:45 PM

I really hope he doesn't sign with them, as much as he might want to play overseas IMO I just think its not smart health wise

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Posted July 31, 2011 - 09:34 AM

Update:

http://twitter.com/#!/daldridgetnt/status/97719922645413888

Source: Kobe Bryant has not spoken with Turkish team in 2 wks. Current chance he plays there in fall: "zero percent."


http://twitter.com/#!/daldridgetnt/status/97720266347655168

Source does indicate Bryant would consider overseas options if lockout continues.


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Posted July 31, 2011 - 09:57 AM

Never was close. This is a Non story.
Again - this team, as currently constructed won't make it out of the second round of the playoffs, let alone the West or win the Finals.---fido on 2011 Lakers




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