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After weeks of speculation, it appears that all the talk of Kobe and the Turkish basketball club Besiktas is finally going to result in actual action, with multiple Turkish sources reporting that the two sides will meet Thursday in Los Angeles. (via Pro Basketball Talk)

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As one of the top five most identifiable stars in the NBA, having Kobe go overseas would put a sizable amount of pressure on league sources (and the Buss family) to pursue an end to the lockout.

However, Laker fans can’t be too happy with the idea of a 32-year-old Bryant putting a substantial amount of travel and another year of play on his Steve Austin-esque knee.