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NBA lockout: Turkish club Besiktas wants Kobe Bryant to join their team

July 8, 2011 |  8:00 am

60807451-1-- The Times' Helene Elliott looks at some of the best and worst trades the Lakers and other L.A. teams made in their organizations' history. 

-- The New York Times' Howard Beck and Pete Thamel report that after securing New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams, the Turkish club, Besiktas, plans to reach out to Kobe Bryant to convince him to join the team.

-- Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Bryant is open to playing overseas. 

-- Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick also highlights comments from Besiktas coach Ergin Ataman that he hopes he can lure Bryant to the team. But Amick explains why it's unlikely Williams' signing with the team will create a mass exodus. 

-- Fox Sports Ohio's Sam Amico, however, believes Williams' departure to Turkey will lure other NBA stars. 

-- Silver Screen and Roll's Ben R provides a player report card on Andrew Bynum. 

-- Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore provides a list of frequently asked questions regarding the NBA lockout for SB Nation. 

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano wonders who's going to back up Bryant at shooting guard. 

-- Lakers Nation's Tim Harvey looks at a few players the Lakers shouldn't trade. 

Tweet of the Day: "Here's one element that may or may not play into Kobe's interest: He signed a major endorsement deal with Turkish Airlines this year." -- WojYahooNBA (Yahoo! Sports' NBA columnist/reporter Adrian Wojnarowski

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "I think it isn't so much a question of how much it will hurt the Lakers. It will. There is a possibility that it will hurt the Lakers less than some other teams due to their large numbers of veterans who understand how to keep themselves engaged and in sha....hmmm. Well, Drew and Kobe have large training and medical staffs. Pau will be playing for Spain, and Fish doesn't have enough physical game to lose it anyway.

On the other hand, you know what? I have no freakin idea. We have so many unknowns going in, I don't know where to start. What are Blake and Barnes going to give us? Does playing fewer games mean Drew is less or more likely to get hurt? Can you stick a fork in Kobe beef to see if it is done like you do with other steak? Cause he might be, if he can't practice anyway, the team not practicing because of the lockout won't make much difference." -- Phred Phredphredington

--Mark Medina

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