Monday , Jul , 25 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Kobe bluffing on Turkey?

Kobe Bryant is not going to play in Turkey. No way. He can’t be that dumb, can’t be willing to risk that much. It keeps making news, but it sounds like a bluff, or at the very least a PR move. And maybe that’s the big question here: Is Bryant bluffing or is he just that dumb?


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Is it all talk?  

Some feel Kobe Bryant has no intention of packing up, heading across the Atlantic Ocean, and spending the entire season in a second-rate European league.

A former prep-to-pro star, Bryant is now 33-years old.  There’s a belief with all the wear-and-tear on his body that Bryant should rest for the latter half of his career.

Bryant isn’t stupid. He knows Anaheim Ducks star Teemu Selanne got invaluable R&R during the 2004 NHL work stoppage and resurrected his Hall of Fame career.

Instead of a jaunt to Turkey, he’ll likely stay state-side. The rumors have a purpose, though.

As mentioned,  Bryant gets his name in the headlines, his brand is linked to Europe and Asia, and NBA owners are well aware of the options available to a superstar.

So expect Bryant’s cat-and-mouse game with Turkey to continue. Only it won’t amount to much, if anything.

–Oly Sandor.

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