Saturday , Jul , 02 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Kobe Bryant to tour China during lockout?

Kobe Bryant may take his talents to China during the NBA’s lockout. There are preliminary talks about a basketball tour to China this summer — and perhaps beyond — in which the Lakers superstar, who has called China a "home away from home" and has an enormous following there, would be the headliner with several other NBA stars forming two or three barnstorming teams.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: China is Kobe Bryant’s home-away-from-home. And with the NBA in lockout mode, Bryant plans on spending time in his second favourite country.

However, his visit will be both business and pleasure.

Bryant’s agent, Rob Pelinka, is planning a tour of China, which would include exhibition matches with various pro’ players.

Don’t get it twisted, this is about branding. Bryant, like Stephon Marbury, realizes China is the world’s most lucrative market. A tour would help him sell anything and everything to a basketball mad market.

While the NBA is on hiatus, the business of basketball will clearly continue.

–Oly Sandor.

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