BolognaBasket.it Kobe rejected Virtus Bologna's $6.7-million dollar offer with a BAM $15 MILLION DOLLAR BACK IN YOUR FACE! counteroffer. Thanks to Mark Medina over at LA Times Lakers Blog doing the math for us already, Kobe's $15 million dollar offer actually comes out to be a $7.5 million dollars after taxes.
Kobe needs to be extra careful when parleying with the Italians. Hasn't he seen The Godfather?
This counteroffer is a big indicator that Kobe is serious about playing for the Italian A League Virtus Bologna basketball team or he may just be entertaining his inner mobster. Who really knows when it comes to Kobe.
In case you were wondering, the Italian A League or Lega Basket Serie A season consists of a home-and-away schedule of 30 games, followed by
an eight-team playoff round. Quarterfinals and semifinals series are
best-of-five, and the finals series is best-of-seven.
At the rate this lockout is going, the NBA season might be just as long as the Italian basketball league. Heck, Kobe can even pull a Deion Sanders - not the current DIRECTV Sanders with wings and glitter - but the old Deion in his glory days as an Atlanta Falcon and Brave.