Kobe Bryant Besiktas Turkey Rumors: Should the Lakers Star Stay or Go?

Kobe Bryant will meet with Besiktas officials on Saturday, July 30 to discuss the possibility of joining the Turkish club.

Besiktas TurkaCola has already reached an agreement with New Jersey point guard Deron Williams, and they clearly don't want to stop with just one upgrade to the backcourt.

The team is not unfamiliar with American talent, as this is the same club that rolled the dice on Allen Iverson last season.

Although there are hurdles that need to be cleared in an effort to land Bryant with Besiktas, the club reportedly already has four special sponsors lined up to pay the Lakers' star asking price which is thought to be $1 million per month.

Bryant already has strong Turkish appeal as he agreed to be the "Global Brand Ambassador" of the airline, according to a press release that the company released in December of 2010.

Despite the opportunities that may lie ahead of Bryant, if he were to embark on this Turkish adventure, he would really do himself a major favor to reverse course and stay stateside throughout the lockout.

Approximately one month ago, Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported that the superstar had undergone a knee surgery in Germany that was similar to the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) procedure performed in the United States in an effort to extend his playing career.

Kobe's knee woes have been well-documented, as he's been hampered by a problem with his arthritic joint in his right knee. Since 2003, Bryant has undergone three other procedures in an effort to relieve the issue.

Additionally, the Black Mamba sat out the majority of practices this past season, and there is a very fair amount of tread on his tires as he has now played in 15 professional campaigns.

With 1,103 regular season games under his belt and another 208 postseason affairs, Bryant has played in an impressive 1,311 games to this point in his NBA tenur...

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