NPR : News

Filed Under:

NBA Star Kobe Bryant To Play In Italy, Club Official Says

If hoops fans need any more evidence that the NBA lockout means there likely won't be any games anytime soon, here it is:

"Italian club Virtus Bologna said it has reached a verbal agreement with Kobe Bryant for the Los Angeles Lakers star to play in Italy during the NBA lockout," The Associated Press reports. "We have reached an economic deal," Virtus president Claudio Sabatini told a local radio station. "There's still some things to arrange but at this point I'm very optimistic. I would say it's 95 percent done."

As the Los Angeles Times adds, "it appears Bryant's revelation in Italy this week that it's 'very possible' he'd play there served more than just marketing hype surrounding his Nike promotional appearances."

According to the AP, the 33-year-old Bryant will be paid $3 million to play about 10 games, starting in October. The wire service also notes that:

"Between the ages of six and 13, Bryant lived in Italy when his father Joe Bryant played with Rieti, Reggio Calabria, Pistoia and Reggiana from 1984-91. The elder Bryant also once owned a small part of Olimpia Milano. ... The younger Bryant still speaks Italian fairly well, and discussed his memories of his time in the country during an interview with the Gazzetta dello Sport two days ago."

Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit


No Meekness Here: Meet Rosa Parks, 'Lifelong Freedom Fighter'

As the 60th anniversary of the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott approaches, author Jeanne Theoharis says it's time to let go of the image of Rosa Parks as an unassuming accidental activist.

Internet Food Culture Gives Rise To New 'Eatymology'

Internet food culture has brought us new words for nearly every gastronomical condition. The author of "Eatymology," parodist Josh Friedland, discusses "brogurt" with NPR's Rachel Martin.

A Mother Asks If She's Selfless Enough To Care For A Son With Autism

Sophie Sartain watched her grandmother take care of her intellectually disabled aunt, Dona, and thought that she could never be that devoted. Then her son was diagnosed with autism.

Customization Is Key: 'Star Wars: Battlefront' Makes Space For Gamers Of All Stripes

In the video game Star Wars: Battlefront, players can customize characters according to gender, race and age. Producer Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir says inclusivity was a priority "from the get-go."

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.