The NBA and its Players Association are preparing for a tough summer of negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement and most are prepping for a possible lockout in the fall.
Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant(notes), for one, is planning to play in Europe if a lockout occurs, a teammate said, according to the New York Daily News.
In a recent conversation about the labor unrest, the teammate said that Bryant said, "I'll play in Europe," the News notes.
"Kobe understands what the players before him did and he feels a responsibility to do the same to the younger guys," the teammate said, according to the paper.
Bryant, of course, knows how the international game works. He spent a few years as a kid living in Italy while his dad played pro ball there.
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