Schedule issues threaten Bryant's plans for Italy
ROME (AP) - Scheduling problems with other Italian clubs are threatening to derail plans for Kobe Bryant to play for Virtus Bologna during the NBA lockout.
Bologna President Claudio Sabatini had told an Italian radio station Friday the deal was "95 percent done.'' A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press that Bryant would be paid $3 million for the opening 40 days of the Italian league season - a period of about 10 games.
Bologna has requested to play five of its opening 10 games at home. A few other teams, however, don't want to change their schedules to accommodate the Lakers' star.
A statement on Bologna's website said the other clubs were putting the negotiations with Bryant "in serious'' doubt.