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Kobe Bryant playing in Turkey? 'A 50% chance' says Besiktas exec

July 25, 2011 | 12:37 pm


In an update that is incremental at best, the Turkish basketball team Besiktas plans to have more negotiations with Kobe Bryant's representatives on July 30th in hopes that the Lakers star will join the team.

"At the moment there’s a 50% chance that Kobe may come to Turkey," Seref Yalcin, Besiktas' head of basketball operations, told reporters in Turkey, as initially mentioned by Slam Online. "Everything will be clearer after the meeting on the 30th. We have not talked about money, as reported. We only talked about the possibility of Kobe playing in Turkey. We asked FIBA for approval and Kobe wants some time to think about it. We believe that his response is going to be positive. Money will not be a problem. Turkish Airlines, M-Oil and Milan Petrol will sponsor the deal."

Besiktas Coach Ergin Ataman recently told The Times' Broderick Turner that the team has already had conversations with Bryant's representatives and that they were waiting for a response. Meanwhile, Bryant and his people have remained silent on the issue, though Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski recently tweeted that Bryant is "nowhere near any kind of deal" involving the Turkish basketball team and that so far he's only been listening to offers.


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Photo: Lakers' guard Kobe Bryant and Clippers' guard Eric Gordon battle for a loose ball on Oct. 27, 2009. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times