Sunday , Jul , 10 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Deron Williams on Kobe Bryant: ‘He’s The Man’ in China

"I see him going to China or somewhere," said Williams, who teamed with Bryant to help the U.S. win the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. "He’s big in China. I was over there with him in Beijing. He’s ‘The Man’ over there."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Deron Williams is right. It’s China. Not Italy, Spain, Greece, or Turkey.

For personal and professional reasons, Kobe Bryant will head to China –if he plays basketball during the NBA lockout.

The lockout is an opportunity for basketball’s greatest star and the world’s greatest economy to further their love-money relationship. Bryant considers China his second home, while China considers Bryant one of their own, so they buy everything his name is on.

Bryant doesn’t have these opportunities in Europe. Sure, he’s a superstar but Greece, Italy, and Spain are on the verge of bankruptcy, so club owners and fans can’t throw Euros at him.

Bryant expects five-star hotels, luxury cars, and private planes. The Chinese will give Bryant the first-class treatment he is used to. European owners, during strong economic times, are known for skimping on accommodation, buses, and flights.

What will European owners do when the European Union and World Bank are scheming on bailouts?

Bottom line: Bryant will pick China over Europe. In fact, it seems he already has.

–Oly Sandor.

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