Why Kobe Bryant Shouldn’t Take His Talents to Turkey During the NBA Lockout

Shortly after Deron Williams inked a deal to play for Besitkas, a basketball club in Turkey, during the NBA lockout, speculation arose that Kobe Bryant would be joining the superstar point guard.  

Seref Yalcin, Besitkas’ Head of Basketball Operations, recently said there’s a 50 percent chance the five-time champion plays in Turkey. Yalcin plans to meet with the NBA’s sixth highest scorer of all time on July 30.

While Kobe playing overseas during the lockout sounds intriguing—and might help increase pressure on the owners—there are more negatives than positives involved.

Here are some reasons why his talents shouldn’t be taken to Turkey.

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