Kobe’s potential deal in Italy keeps changing in an effort to get him to come over and play at all. First it was a full season with an opt out. Then it was a 10 game in 40 day whirlwind tour. Now, it’s a single game reportedly valued at (up to) $2 million. Like I said before, wake me when it happens.
I do give Claudio Sabitini (owner of Virtus Bologna) credit, however. He is pulling out all the stops to get Kobe to agree to a deal. His latest is a letter to El Presidente himself, and no I don’t mean Derek Fisher.
Of course, the only reason we’re discussing an overseas option for #24 is because the NBA season is on hold indefinitely with both the owners and the players entrenched in their respective positions. To their credit though, in order to try and grease the skids on an agreement, both sides have agreed to have a federal mediator intervene and oversee their negotiations. Ken Berger of CBS gives us the skinny on exactly what that could mean.
While both sides continue to talk, fans want someone to blame for this mess. Lucky for us, there’s plenty to go around.