Saturday, February 12, 2011
With an almost certain, lockout looming. Many NBA players have expressed an interest in pulling a Candace Parker or Brandon Jennings, by making up for lost playing time and wages by joining Allen Iverson in Europe. First, former Laker Shaquille O'Neal was linked with a move to Turkey and now the Lakers own star player Kobe Bryant could be going back to the place he grew up. The Lakers may lose Kobe to Italy if this lockout actually takes place. "You know how much I love Italy. I grew up there,"Kobe told press following his 33 point performance in a 116-96 drubbing of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden last night. "I wouldn't be opposed to it," Bean told press about possibly playing where his father Joe 'Jellybean' Bryant played. It sure won't be good if the league is locked out next year, but this would make a nice vacation for Kobe. "I'm not locked into anywhere. I'm locked out. You've just got to play it by ear," Kobe added. It would also be the perfect chapter for a player who's basketball story started in Italy. Just as long as it's just for a year, Kobe out in Europe will be all 'buona'. TIM DAVID HARVEY.