Logic be damned, we live in a culture where having money seems to come with the obligation of spending it all, which explains why wealthier-than-average athletes are likely to face some financial challenges in the wake of an extended lockout.
According to an L.A. Times interview with Executive Director Billy Hunter, Kobe Bryant is willing and prepared to lend some cash to his fellow NBA’ers if the need is there.
“I know Kobe is intimately involved in interfacing with colleagues and sharing in a pool of revenue to help the others get through this. Kobe has volunteered to do that in the event others need, he and others are prepared to loan money if necessary.”
While Hunter was speaking with the Times, Kobe was busy conducting a youth basketball camp in Singapore. When asked, he left the door wide open on playing abroad if the lockout were to extend into November:
“I could. I’m playing abroad right now.”
This comment comes on the heels of news that Virtus Bologna (yes, that’s an Italian basketball club) owner Caludio Sabatini has been aggressively pursuing Bryant (and Spurs guard Manu Ginobili) for some time.
“If the best player of the world (Bryant) will arrive for the month of October, and Ginobili arrives for two more months, everyone has to admit that Bologna is a basketball city. For the best player of the world, I am studying a new solution to pay his insurance game-by-game.”
It’s hard to say where Bryant will be come November 1, but if there’s one thing we know for sure, wherever that ends up being, he’ll still be the best player in the world.