Kobe Bryant set to play in ITALY during NBA lockout

This should not sound strange at all. He actually grew up there and I believe speaks fluent Italian.

via SI.com

Kobe should be in Bologna by Wednesday or Thursday with his visa in hand for medical visits and then we can deposit the contract with the league,” Sabatini said. “I want to make clear that right now there are still no signatures. We’ve got to write the contract, which will then be read over and over again.”
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