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Friday , Jul , 29 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Bryant to meet Besiktas officials on Saturday?

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will be in the nation's capital attending the World Football Challenge featuring Manchester United and F.C. Barcelona at FedEx Field on Saturday and the Mia Hamm Celebrity Soccer Challenge on Sunday at Kastles Stadium.

Soccer won't be the only sport on Bryant's agenda, however, as the 15-year NBA veteran and his representatives will meet with officials from the Turkish basketball club Besiktas on Saturday, according to a Reuters report.

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Each day the lockout lingers the greater the chance Bryant keeps in shape by signing with Besiktas, the Turkish team Deron Williams will play for. 

Here’s what we know: Bryant will meet officials from Besiktas this weekend in Washington. He's in town for the Manchester United-Barcelona game, and will stick around for Mia Hamm's charity match.

Money is the issue. Bryant wants $1 million per month to suit up on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, while Besiktas has offered half that amount with perks.

Bottom line: Besiktas has to sweeten the pot for Bryant to uproot his family, deal with second-rate facilities, and risk injury.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Jul , 28 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Kobe Bryant playing football after Man United and Barcelona in DC

Unlike Lakers teammate Ron Artest, who is considering testing out his skills on a dance floor, Kobe Bryant is taking his soccer talents to Washington, D.C., where he has agreed to play in a celebrity soccer game Sunday.

Former soccer great Mia Hamm and her husband, former Dodgers player Nomar Garciaparra, are playing host to their fourth annual Soccer Challenge that benefits the Mia Hamm Foundation & Children’s National Medical Center.

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On Saturday, Barcelona will face Manchester United in a rematch of the Champions League Final in Washington DC.

On Sunday, basketball great Kobe Bryant will try for some ‘footie’ magic in the nation’s capital by playing in Mia Hamm’s exhibition match for charity.

Bryant, of course, grew up in Europe following ‘The Beautiful Game’. He’s good friends with Ronaldhino, but cheers for the Barcelona Barca and is in awe of Lionel Messi.

Bottom line: Bryant won’t look out of place on Sunday -at least against celebrities.

--Oly Sandor.

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