Carlos Boozer Latest NBA Star Thinking of Europe

Apparently everybody on the U.S. Men’s Basketball team is under the impression that China is a country in Europe, because it’s been the only things on their minds lately. While Kobe Bryant and LeBron James have both publicly toyed with the idea of going overseas in a few years, I’m okay with the fact they don’t know China is located in Asia. After all, neither of them went to college.

Carlos Boozer thinking Euro

That being said, Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer went to Duke, so you would think he’d have a better idea about world geography. Of course, going to Duke did teach Carlos a thing or two about having and making money. Which is why when he was asked about the possibility of someday playing in Europe, he admitted to being open to it.

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Kobe Bryant May Create International Bidding War

For the second offseason in a row, Kobe Bryant is looking to give the Lakers fans and front office headaches. This time, however, he’s adding some international flair. The guard told YAHOO! SPORTS “that he won’t sign a contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers until he has tested the global market,” on Saturday.

Kobe Bryant smiling

Bryant, who lived in Italy as a child and owns a stake in Olimpia Milano of the Italian League, says he plans to “solicit overseas offers before signing an extension.”

According to the report, Bryant could possibly leave the NBA for Europe in a dual role of owner and player as early as next summer. The Lakers have Bryant locked up until the 2010-11 season but the reigning MVP can opt out after next season.

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Smith Signs Sheet w/Grizz; J-Will Stays Stateside

The Atlanta Hawks seem to be running out of players, and we’re not joshin’. First, Josh Childress forgoes another season in Hotlanta to go play in Greece. Now, Josh Smith has given Hawks management a bear of a problem by signing a $58 million offer sheet with the Grizzlies.

Josh Smith Josh Childress Atlanta Hawks

(In stereo: “So long, suckers!”)

Sekou Smith of the ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION reports that the Hawks have seven days to match the five-year deal offered to their star player. Smith had earlier rejected a five-year, $45 million contract offered by Atlanta back in October, and negotiations have been dragging since.

Is it really so awful to play in Atlanta that hoopsters would rather toil in Memphis or flee the country?

Speaking of NBAers heading overseas, it turns out Jason Williams will not be one of them. Read more…

Blog-O-Rama: Kobe Would Play in Russia for $40M

• Russia’s SPORT EXPRESS hears that Kobe Byrant would be willing to play in Europe, and it would only cost a yearly salary of $40 MILLION DOLLARS! (place pinky at corner of mouth)

Kobe Bryant pointing

• BLACK SPORTS ONLINE bounces along rumors that LeBron, Dwyane and Carmelo had a happy time at a Hong Kong massage parlor.

• As required by Wisconsin state law, Brewers broadcaster Jim Powell weighs in on the Brett Favre situation, and proposes putting #4 right behind Aaron Rodgers on the depth chart.

• EVERY DAY SHOULD BE SATURDAY flaunts a photo of some Michigan football players posing with shirts off but helmets on.

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NBA Exodus Continues, Williams To Israel League?

The exodus of mid-level NBA free agents to pro leagues around the globe continues, as THE MIAMI HERALD is reporting that Jason Williams is considering signing a deal with an Israeli League team. But apparently he’s having trouble coming to terms - most Israeli teams are offering around $1.5 million a year, about what NBA teams were offering and half of what White Chocolate expects.

Jason Williams Heat

I think you can join me in praying that there’s a way to make this work. Other than Ron Artest, I can’t think of another NBA player with the higher comedic potential when heading off to Israel to play pro basketball than Jason Williams.

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