In a long interview released at Sky, Kobe Bryant said, in Italian, that before the NBA lockout ended, he was really close to joining Italian team Virtus Bologna.
"I would have been very happy because my dream, since I was a child, is to play in the Italian championship. I was really looking forward to start my adventure in Italy. All the rumors were true. Then, the NBA lockout ended and my return to Italy but this time as a played, was cancelled. But there is still time, in the future" said Kobe Bryant, as reported by Il Corriere di Bologna.
Another problem in the negotiation was the kind of contract Virtus Bologna offered to Kobe. The Italian team proposed an exhibition game for Kobe, in Bologna, but his agent Rob Pelinka was looking for another type of deal for Kobe.
THE VIDEO WITH THE INTERVIEW