The Italian soap opera starring (or not starring) Kobe Bryant has a new plot line, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport: Bryant is negotiating to play three exhibition games in Italy during the NBA lockout instead of joining Virtus Bologna for league play. The series would be called “The Kobe Cup” and take place in coming weeks.
Sportando.net’s report about the talks with Rob Pelinka, Bryant’s agent: “The last idea is to organize three exhibition tournaments in Bologna, Roma and Milano with three teams for any stage. All the games would last 24 minutes with two quarters by 12. (Virtus’ Claudio) Sabatini wants to involve also a foreign team because his idea is to sell the tv rights also abroad. The winner of the mini-tournament will lift the prestigious Kobe Cup. The three exhibition games will be organized, if the deal is going to be finalized, from the end of October till the beginning of November.”