Italian owner wants Ginobili, Bryant together


MGAfter confirming his interest in San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili six days ago, Claudio Sabatini of the Italian club Virtus Bologna has not only reiterated his interest in Ginobili but has now entertained the idea of bringing Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant to Italy as well.

Imagine Bryant and Ginobili on the same team? Their play in the open court and penetration would be spectacular to see. According to, Sabatini is really hoping that a deal of this nature can be done.

“I can risk by my own the 50% of the total amount of money needed. For the other half, I need the help of private companies, professional associations and the municipality. We have three opportunities: the arrival of Kobe Bryant, the return of Manu Ginobili and the organization of FIBA World Championship Under 19 in 2013. If I don’t have the help to cover the other 50% of the cost I am not going forward to negotiate with Kobe Bryant” said Sabatini

Even though the idea of Bryant and Ginobili teaming together sounds fascinating, Spurs fans and management will be hoping that Ginobili takes the locked-out offseason to recover and rest as his team just finished winning the 2011 FIBA Americas tournament.

But can you play Ginobili? Can you blame Bryant? Can you blame Sabatini? For Ginobili and Bryant, two of the fiercest competitors in the NBA who only know how to play at 110%, they can only sit for so long. They’re basketball players, they need to play the game they have so much passion for.

For Sabatini, he’s a business man who sees an opportunity that is being wasted. Ginobili and Bryant can be valuable marketing players for him, any business man would try to pursue this opportunity.