The NBA Lockout: Where ‘Straordinario’ Might Still Happen

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By Richard Horgan Comment

With each passing day, local media coverage of Kobe Bryant‘s possible Italian sojourn during the current NBA lockout gets more hilarious. It’s one of the few bits of comic relief in an otherwise very serious situation.

Via LakersNation.com, we learn from Virtus Bologna communications manager Vicenzo Di Schiavia that “negotiations with Mr. Kobe Bryant have been very difficult. We will not make any comment for now.”

Over at ESPN.com, columnist Chris Broussard opines that if the Black Mamba can get the Italian team with the very tuneful homepage to fork over in the neighborhood of $2 million for a single game, “more power to him.” No kidding; transposed to a full NBA regular season schedule, that’s the equivalent of a $164 million annual salary.

Will all of this Bologna business turn out to be baloney? Can Kobe look forward to a profitable Italian escapade, stopping by on the way home at George Clooney’s place in Lake Como? We’re no experts, but our guess is yes and, correspondingly, no.

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