Kobe Gets a New Offer


On the heels of his announcement, the NBA star receives an eloquent letter from the Italian team his father played for.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15:  NBA player Kobe Bryant arrives at the 2009 ESPY Awards held at Nokia Theatre LA Live on July 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The 17th annual ESPYs will air on Sunday, July 19 at 9PM ET on ESPN.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

 

This article, written by Tsui, appears on USA Today.

The Italian basketball team that Kobe Bryant’s father used to play for sent Kobe a poetically written contract offer. TMZ received copiesand published it in full (along with the photo that was sent with the letter).

The letter was translated into English, and part of it reads as follows:

“Dear child of Reggio Calabria, fantastic Kobe, on this most beautiful stretch of land that is full of affection for you we close our eyes and dream.

“There will always be a home for you at this great club on the Straits of Messina. Our dream might be too big but maybe it is the same dream you unknowingly had as that 8-year-old boy in the picture.

“We want you to come home, to wear our colours, to represent our city, just as your father did before you. There is a black and orange family waiting for you, with the same name on the back: ‘Bryant.’

“A warm hug, dear Kobe, our great basketball legend.”

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