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Kobe Bryant talking with Turkish basketball club?

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  • Lakers Kobe Bryant gives an instruction for South Korean students during his basketball clinic for youth in Seoul, South Korea, earlier this summer. Turkish club Besiktas says it is in talks to bring the star to Turkey to play during the NBA lockout.

      Lakers Kobe Bryant gives an instruction for South Korean students during his basketball clinic for youth in Seoul, South Korea, earlier this summer. Turkish club Besiktas says it is in talks to bring the star to Turkey to play during the NBA lockout.
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ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkish club Besiktas says it is in talks with Kobe Bryant's representatives about the possibility of the Los Angeles Lakers' star playing in Turkey during the NBA lockout.

Besiktas coach Ergin Ataman says "It is a fact that Kobe Bryant's managers have contacted us" after the club signed New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams last week.

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Ataman says on the club's website Thursday that Bryant is waiting for an offer from Besiktas. He says the club would need a sponsor to be able to pay for Bryant's contract.

He says "our board will evaluate that."

Bryant has won five NBA titles with the Lakers and is a 13-time NBA All Star. He has a career scoring average of 25.3 points.

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