Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Kobe Bryant, Bologna working ‘intensely’ on deal

ROME (AP)—Kobe Bryant’s(notes) representatives and Virtus Bologna are “working very intensely” to bring the Los Angeles Lakers’ star to Italy during the NBA lockout.

Bologna President Claudio Sabatini had told The Associated Press on Friday he had reached a tentative deal with agent Rob Pelinka for a 10-game contract worth more than $3 million.

The Italian team and Bryant’s management said in a joint statement Monday they are “working very intensely to try and create this important deal. Reaching such a complex deal requires both sides’ maximum attention for every little detail.”

“Everyone wants a positive outcome to the deal, the goal of which is Kobe Bryant’s presence in Italy, economic interests for the 17 clubs in Serie A and more attention for all of Italian basketball,” the statement added.

The deal, however, hinges on other clubs changing their schedules to ensure Bologna has five home games during Bryant’s 10-game contract. Bologna also wants its opening five away games played in Italy’s biggest arenas, and wants to avoid an early-season bye.

Smaller clubs Cremona and Varese have been reluctant to alter their schedules, although the Italian league said Saturday it was intervening to help spur an agreement.

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