Kobe Bryant reportedly to meet with Besiktas on Thursday
The Turkish basketball team Besiktas just doesn't know how to take no for an answer.
The team also apparently doesn't know how to take Kobe Bryant's cue that he doesn't like it when things are leaked about him. But in a move that shows how desperate and publicity hungry this organization is, Besiktas President Yildirim Demirören has flown to Los Angeles to meet with Bryant and agent Rob Pelinka on Thursday at 1:30 p.m., according to Ismail Senol of NBA TV in Turkey.
But don't expect any fireworks. NBA.com's David Aldridge as well as Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears and Adrian Wojnarowski report that there's a 0% chance Bryant would play for Besiktas, which has signed New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams to play this summer.
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Photo: Kobe Bryant waves to fans lining Figueroa Street during the Lakers victory parade after winning the 2010 NBA championship. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times