Ed: note I had to steal the banner pic from withleather.com. I don't have photoshop and it made me smile.
But this is from the AP:
Italian club Virtus Bologna has reached a verbal agreement with Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant to play in Italy during the NBA lockout. The sides have settled on a $3 million contract for the opening 40 days of the Italian league season, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday.
Bryant, who spent much of his childhood in Italy, was in the country for sponsor appearances over the past two days but was flying back to the U.S. for labor talks with the NBA on Friday.
Bryant will get a work visa and return to Italy next week, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has still not been signed. Virtus had been due to open the season Oct. 9 against Roma, but schedules now need to be reworked after Venezia was added to the league as a 17th team.
As you will remember I posted yesterday Delonte West applied to be stock boy at a furniture store. Here see Kobe will be getting 3 million for 40 days of work. While I'm not comparing the two you would think West could get at least a 75k to play ball in Europe. But then again you don't get one of those free back supports in Europe.