Kobe “Working Very Intensely” on deal with Italian Club Virtus Bologna

With the cancellation of the NBA’s Preseason and the possibility of the cancellation of the first 2 weeks of the season looming, NBA players are proactively looking for other places to play.

Kobe Bryant posing for a picture during a visit to Milan last week

Kobe Bryant and his representatives are “working very intensely” to bring the NBA Icon to Italy to play during the NBA lockout.

Bologna president Claudio Sabatini had told The Associated Press on Friday he had reached a tentative deal with agent Rob Pelinka for a 10-game contract worth more than $3 million.

“Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna and the management of Mr. Bryant are working very intensely to try and create this important deal,” the two parties said in a joint statement Monday. “Reaching such a complex deal requires both sides’ maximum attention for every little detail.

“Everyone wants a positive outcome to the deal, the goal of which is Kobe Bryant’s presence in Italy, economic interests for the 17 clubs in Serie A and more attention for all of Italian basketball.”

Kobe lived in Italy from age 6 to 13 while his father played in the country. He still speaks fluent Italian and has said it would be a “dream” to play in the country.

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