Kobe Bryant has hinted at playing in Europe on more than one occasion. As the son of an Italian League star, Joe Bryant, Kobe spent most of his childhood years in Italy. “It would be natural for me to go do it. It wouldn’t be a stretch at all. I grew up here.”
Some Americans have loved playing overseas and others have hated it, but for Kobe it would be like going home. Bryant still speaks Italian and Spanish well, so the transition to Europe would be seamless for him.
At the same time, he said, “You’d have to look at the market and what’s going on in terms of the level of basketball being played,” Bryant said. “I understand there’s a high level of competitive basketball in Turkey now. They might have the best league in Europe. Spain has obviously been one of the top leagues for a long time. And Italy is a place that’s dear in my heart, I grew up there, but the level is not where it used to be. When I was growing up over there, that was the best league in Europe.”
Europe may still be a few years off for Kobe Bryant who still has plenty enough in the tank for life in the NBA. He’s currently ranked 5th all time in scoring and has his eyes on becoming #1 if he can help it.