The individual wheeling-and-dealing epic of the NBA lockout may be close to done … but Kobe Bryant might be a European basketball for just one game. The current story from Virtus Bologna president Claudio Sabatini, via the club’s official website, is that two offers were extended to the Los Angeles Laker in yesterday’s efforts to bring him into Serie A ball for 2011-12.
After a meeting with Bryant’s representatives on Wednesday night, Sabatini stated that two proposals were advanced: a single-game offer and a 40-day deal.
The one-game offer was put forth, explained Sabatini, to speed things up. (“Per accelerare i tempi…”) Should Kobe take Virtus up on the solo performance, Sabatini believes he could have Bryant suited up for within four days.
“Now we just have to wait for his decision,” said Sabatini. “We can say that I have tried in every possible way to realize this project. It’s now the player’s choice.”