Raptors Forum | Toronto Raptors Forums & Message Boards

Raptors Forum | Toronto Raptors Forums & Message Boards (http://www.raptorsforum.com/f/)
-   NBA Talk (http://www.raptorsforum.com/f/f6/)
-   -   Kobe would come to Europe for $40 million per year (http://www.raptorsforum.com/f/f6/kobe-would-come-europe-40-million-per-year-2855.html)

MetroStar 08-04-2008 09:10 AM

Kobe would come to Europe for $40 million per year
Kobe said that he wouldn't have any problem to play in Greece, Italy or Russia. He just wants 40 million dollars per year.''It's so simple'', as he added.

We should mention that Kobe's father had played in Italy.

The article (in Greek)

rapsfan087 08-04-2008 09:32 AM


That's the only thing I understand in Greek, heheh, just kidding, thanks for the news.

MetroStar 08-04-2008 09:49 AM


Let me correct you.You must mean ΧΡΟΝΙΑ ΠΟΛΛΑ (hronia polla) which means live long and is said on birthdays,fests,holidays etc

MetroStar 08-04-2008 09:53 AM

And something more.You can translate the greek articles I give you using altavista's babelfish.

rapsfan087 08-04-2008 09:57 AM

hehehe, yeah, when I saw it think that it was wrotten in that way, maybe polla instead of poia.

rapsfan087 08-04-2008 09:57 AM


Originally Posted by MetroStar (Post 47946)
And something more.You can translate the greek articles I give you using altavista's babelfish.

thanks :)

Kirby 08-04-2008 09:58 AM

Who fricken wouldn't? That's double his MAX contract right here TAX free lol! And he'll be only 33 when his contracct is up.
If you're LeBron you'll have something good going in America but when you're 33 you're just not too ''Kobe'' anymore.

MetroStar 08-04-2008 10:17 AM

But still he would carry the name Kobe.

Ugo Ferst 08-04-2008 06:22 PM

Not to mention Kobe's American endorsement deals went down signifigantly since the "colorado" incident. He still has some deals but nothing the magitude that LeBron has in the USA. Europeans seem to be more forgiving, hell they still go wild for Micheal Jackson in many parts of europe :P

MetroStar 08-04-2008 06:29 PM

It's just because these incidents do not gain as much popularity here as they do in the states.

m5racer 08-06-2008 03:20 PM

thats crazy, i guess he figures if he can win anther champoionship in america why not jsut go to europe and win a few back to back.

The MVP of West Hollywood 08-06-2008 04:07 PM

Lebron chimes in


A person close to LeBron James said Tuesday that he would strongly consider playing overseas if he was offered a salary of "around $50 million a year."

The Russian team CSKA Moscow and the Greek team Olympiacos, which recently gave Josh Childress a contract approaching $30 million over three years, have already contacted James, according to the person close to him. The person added, however, that no monetary or contractual discussions have taken place.


Jesus. :haha:

zhan 08-06-2008 07:34 PM

it is not so unreal.. in soccer real Madrid wants to pay about 100 millions euro for Cristiano Ronaldo.. And i think real will get more profit than 100millions for saling jerseys, advertise contracts etc..50 millions for planet star not so much :)

Kirby 08-06-2008 10:39 PM

Note to myself-Blow up Europe.

sizedog 08-07-2008 12:02 AM

If Basketball wants to become a world game like soccer then eventually big names like LeBron and Kobe will have to go to Europe.

Ugo Ferst 08-07-2008 01:51 AM


Originally Posted by sizedog (Post 48420)
If Basketball wants to become a world game like soccer then eventually big names like LeBron and Kobe will have to go to Europe.

I dont get the comparison?? Don basically all the high paid players in soccer play in europe and not any other continent? (minus Beckham who is high paid but just for promotional reasons not deservingly so).

Soccer is still the world game, but all the $ is in europe.

Claudius 08-07-2008 09:11 AM

This is an interesting article I found today:


Should the NBA fear Euro exodus?

It's the summer of 2010 and LeBron James is trying to decide whether to stay in Cleveland, leave for New York — or accept a deal for US$50 million a year to play in Italy.

Far-fetched? Impossible? Perhaps, but the steady stream this summer of American players heading to Europe, where the euro dwarfs the dollar, the salary cap doesn't apply and the game is rapidly improving, has changed the dynamic of player movement in the NBA.

"The European market has been growing year by year and it's certainly been a hope of ours that it would become a viable alternative for players," agent Mark Bartelstein said Wednesday. "The luxury tax in the NBA has put a crimp on what teams can spend, so players are looking for alternatives."

Josh Childress started the trend last month, when the restricted free agent grew tired of Atlanta's bargaining and signed a three-year deal with Greek club Olympiakos worth about US$20 million after taxes. Because the NBA's collective bargaining agreement only applies to the league's teams, the Hawks couldn't match the offer. Atlanta lost its sixth man from last season and got nothing in return.

Since then Earl Boykins, Carlos Arroyo, Nenad Krstic, Carlos Delfino and Jorge Garbajosa have left the NBA for European teams. The five-foot-five Boykins, who played for the NBA minimum last season in Charlotte, signed a $3.5-million, one-year deal with Virtus Bologna of the Italian league Tuesday.

"We're not terribly concerned," said Joel Litvin, the NBA's president of league and basketball operations. "In fact, we see this as a positive indication of how popular the sport of basketball is on a global basis."

But the league would sure be alarmed if Kobe Bryant wasn't joking when he told reporters after a pre-Olympic exhibition game: "Italy, Greece, Russia, $40 million a year? Yeah, I'm there, as simple as that."

ESPN.com reported this week that an unidentified person close to James said the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar would consider playing in Europe for $50 million a year when he's eligible to opt out of his contract after the 2009-10 season.

"If it happens, it happens. I'd be surprised if it did with players of that calibre," Litvin said. "But certainly we would deal with it if it happened and I continue to think that the NBA will be the gold standard for the top players in the world for a long time to come."

Under the collective bargaining agreement, James couldn't make more than $20 million a year in the NBA. Plus, league teams face a dollar-for-dollar tax once they reach $71.15 million in total payroll.

European leagues face no salary cap and many are awash in cash because of the sinking dollar, which earlier this year reached a historic low against the euro. A euro was worth $1.54 Wednesday.

Throw in some creative tax loopholes and maybe James wearing a CSKA Moscow uniform isn't an outrageous prospect.

"It just shows you what a global game basketball is that there are good leagues and leagues that are willing to pay for high calibre talent," Charlotte Bobcats general manager Rod Higgins said. "But the NBA is the best."

While the quality of play in European leagues continues to improve, the NBA remains superior. The influx of European players to the NBA, started many years ago, leaves the league with a stockpile of talent.

So NBA players will want to stay stateside for the competition, right?

"Ultimately, it's about money," Hawks GM Rick Sund said after losing Childress. "The more money they get the better they feel about the commitment."

Bartelstein, who represents players in the NBA and overseas, believes European leagues could eventually be an option for the likes of James, Bryant, Dwyane Wade and Raptors star Chris Bosh once the issue of guaranteed contracts is cleared up. Bartelstein said he's had to go to court in the past to get teams to pay the full amount of deals to his clients.

"Without there being a players association and a collective bargaining agreement in Europe, there's nothing behind the contract to enforce them other than to go to court," Bartelstein said. "For Europe to truly get to the point where they can compete with the NBA for all kinds of players, they're going to have to implement a system where there's a lot more comfort that the contracts are truly guaranteed. Once that happens then I think you'll truly see great competition for players."

Higgins believes the European option will put extra pressure on NBA teams to lock up players before their four-year rookie contracts expire. The Bobcats had to wait before finally re-signing restricted free-agent Emeka Okafor to a $72-million, six-year last week, a year after he turned down a similar deal.

"We could have came to an agreement last year, so I think that's the window of opportunity for a lot of teams," Higgins said.

While Okafor said playing in Europe "never crossed my mind," Bryant has at least thought about what trading in Los Angeles for a $40 million payday overseas would feel like.

"You cut the cheque," Bryant said, "and I will bring my Nike checks."


Pretty good article as it shows the possibilities yet difficulties posed on both sides (Europe and the United States).

Ugo Ferst 08-07-2008 03:57 PM

Ahhh, Euro contracts arent guaranteed... lame

zhan 08-07-2008 11:44 PM

Yesterday, at the Nikita Morgunov (russian olimpyc team) blog had published his article. Nikita told about speak with Kobe. Kobe had confirm this information about 40mil: "yes, 40 millions $ and tomorrow I will in Russia".
but.. I think it would be just a joke from Kobe :)

Apollo 08-08-2008 12:17 PM

Of course he would.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:12 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright RaptorsForum.com 2005-2011

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24