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Kobe Bryant says he’s still looking overseas

Kobe Bryant

NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant embraces South Korean students in his basketball clinic for youth in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, July 14, 2011. Bryant came here during his five-Asian cities tour. (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)


You may have thought after talks broke down (or never really existed) with Besiktas, that the hubub about Kobe Bryant playing overseas would die down. But Bryant loves playing, will never admit that he needs time to rest, and has an insatiable desire to beat other human beings at basketball. So Bryant wants you to know, he’s not closed to that idea. From the AP:

Kobe Bryant said that he’s still considering playing overseas because an owners’ lockout of players threatens to sabotage the upcoming NBA season.

The Los Angeles Lakers superstar told The Associated Press on the sidelines of a youth basketball clinic in Singapore that he didn’t know if there will be a 2011-12 season and hasn’t ruled out playing abroad.

“I could,” Bryant said Saturday. “I’m playing abroad right now.”

via Lakers’ Bryant still mulling playing abroad - NBA- NBC Sports.

Bryant may just be making noise. He’s got enough engagements with Nike and various other functions to keep him busy. Eventually he’ll want to work out with the Lakers (though the AP reports no such practice has been scheduled). And Bryant has at least stayed fairly involved in the labor talks. But if things turn bleaker (than they already are), it’s not crazy to think Bryant will eventually pursue a spot in China, Italy (where he has roots) or elsewhere.

Until then, though, it’s just talk. Like everything else in the lockout. (Well, except for Deron Williams who continues to play for Besiktas. Whoops.)