Should Bryant’s Focus be on NBA Talks?
ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher reported that (Kobe) Bryant is not returning to the U.S. from his Nike-sponsored European tour until Saturday, at which point he’ll head to New York, if Friday’s meeting leads to the sides agreeing to hammer out a deal through the weekend.
Get a deal done, save the NBA season. That’s all that should matter at this point.
Bryant, with All-Star appearances, scoring records and contract dollars galore on his career résumé, admits he’s driven by one thing after 15 years in the league — the desire to add to his championship ring collection.
The NBA, not Italy, is the only outlet that can truly satisfy him. It’s the only place where he can revel in the daily challenge of playing against the best players in the world, while simultaneously chasing the legacies of the all-time greats that have long since retired.