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Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Kobe Bryant in Turkey

NBA basketball legend Kobe Bryant has been in Turkey to undertake in numerous sporting relating activities in Istanbul during the NBA lockout in the United States.

When asked about his rumoured move to Besiktas basketball team during the current NBA lockout in the US, Bryant remarked that he is still considering the offer and wouldn’t rule out turning out for the Turkish team in the future.

The LA Lakers star arrived in Caddebostan in Istanbul to open two new basketball courts for Nike and the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. Speaking during the ceremony, Bryant said that he found Istanbul to be a lot more beautiful than he had envisaged and stated the love of basketball in Istanbul by young people makes him very happy and proud to be a basketball player.

Bryant also visited Turkish football giants Galatasaray at the Turk Telekom Arena where he was presented with a Galatasaray shirt and said that the stadium was one of the best football stadiums he had ever seen. Bryant is a huge fan of football and said he follows Barcelona and counts on Lionel Messi as the best footballer in the world currently.

Next up for Bryant in Turkey will be an appearance at a Nike tournament for amateur basketball players alongside young Turkish star Enes Kanter who was recently drafted by the Utah Jazz in the 2011 NBA draft and whom high expectations are anticipated.

Should Bryant end up playing in the Turkish basketball league with Besiktas he would represent a real coup for the Turkish league in general. The NBA lockout has seen many basketball players look to Turkey to continue playing basketball. The Turkish basketball league is growing rapidly and the NBA lockout will only see more stars move to Turkey for basketball.

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