Kobe Bryant Says Moving to Italy 'Very Possible' during NBA Lockout

By the Associated Press | September 28, 2011 | 11:00 AM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant delivers a speech at the U.S. Consulate Tuesday, July 19, 2011 in Shanghai, China. Bryant is in Shanghai with a group of American students studying in China as official ambassador of the After-School All-Stars, an American non-profit organization that provides comprehensive after-school programs to children in several U.S. cities. (AP Photo)

Milan (AP) — Kobe Bryant says it's "very possible" he'll play in Italy during the NBA lockout, adding that the country is like home to him since he spent part of his childhood there.

Virtus Bologna has made numerous contract offers to the Los Angeles Lakers star. Bryant discussed the situation with the Gazzetta dello Sport during a sponsor's appearance in Milan on Wednesday.

Bryant says, "It would be a dream for me. There's an opportunity that we've been discussing over the last few days. It's very possible and that's good news for me."

Virtus tells The Associated Press that the latest talks are centered on a $2.5 million offer for 10 games over 40 days from Oct. 9 to Nov. 16.