Friday , Aug , 08 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Kobe Bryant: I’d Play in Italy for $50 Million

Kobe Bryant: I'd Play in Italy for $50 MillionAnd suddenly a million fans in Lakerland became very nervous. On being asked if he’d consider inking a deal for $50 million in Italy, Kobe Bryant gave the response nobody in Los Angeles wanted to hear.

I’d go. I’d probably go. Like Milan or something like that, where I grew up or something like that…Peace out.

David Stern has to be hoping that the "Peace out" referred to the end of the conversation, not his tenure in the NBA. If Kobe were to take such a deal and play overseas, even if only for a year, it would almost certainly lead to a reconsideration of the league’s salary restrictions. While the league has been happy to mine Europe for talent over the past decade or so, it’s unlikely it would be willing to let an American-born superstar go the other way without a fight. As a consequence, we might soon see the biggest reassessment of NBA money matters since the lockout.

So, what would be Kobe’s primary motivation to make the move? The chance to help globalise the game? The opportunity to break new ground by leaving the league even with a maximum contract on the table? Of course not. 

Do you know any reasonable person that would turn down 50 [million dollars]?

Dave Chappelle?