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Will Kobe Bryant play in Italy? (Web links)

September 29, 2011 | 10:48 am

Kobe Bryant

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan notes Kobe Bryant's comments that it's very possible that he could play overseas in Italy.'s J.A. Adande believes the NBA labor talks have reached the Tupac phase.

--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick talks with newly hired Timberwolves Coach Rick Adelman, who believes the Lakers moved very quickly with the hiring of Mike Brown.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding believes Bryant will play overseas should the NBA lockout resume.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky believes that should Bryant play in Italy, his main motivation will point to the experience.

--Fox Sports West's Michael Martinez talks with Joe Bryant, who believes Kobe could play in Italy. Joe also compared Kobe's innovative procedure in Germany to a "10,000-mile oil change."

--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that NBA Commissioner David Stern is "going to make a real hard push to get a deal this weekend" and believes that the players union will have little leverage.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark provides a hypothetical preview to the Lakers' 2011-2012 season.

--Forum Blue and Gold's J.M. Poulard looks at the Lakers-Celtics history.

Tweet of the Day: "One thing I've learned re: a subset of Laker fans: The quality of any blog post depends entirely on its treatment of Kobe Bryant." -- ZachLowe_SI (Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Kobe deserves the awesome offer from Italy. He worked his life to giving and making lakers a top team in the NBA. There is nothing wrong with a man taking an offer he likes. It is his life and his wish and no one should make a fuss about it." -- Bashir Hermann

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Kobe Bryant at a promotional event in Milan on Wednesday. The Lakers star says he's looking into the possibility of playing for an Italian team. Credit: Luca Bruno / Associated Press / Sept. 28, 2011)