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Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is reportedly considering the possibility of joining an ownership group in their attempt to buy Serie B club Bologna.
The veteran guard has two years remaining on his contract with the Lakers, and evidently his thoughts will begin to switch to life after basketball and ventures that he will be able to pursue.
While it is understood that he makes regular enquiries about businesses and companies, the fact that he grew up in Italy and has a strong interest in soccer (or football depending on your preference), has led to rumours that he could be involved in a potential takeover of Bologna.
“According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, attorney Joe Tacopina is trying to put together an ownership team featuring the Lakers All-Star guard, along with Montreal Impact (MLS) owner Joey Saputo.
“Bologna’s largest shareholder, Albano Guaraldi, is reportedly looking to sell the franchise, which has struggled in recent years,” it was reported in the Los Angeles Times.
Bryant has made no secret of being an AC Milan fan, even revealing earlier this year that he has a Rossoneri scarf in his locker room space at the Lakers facility and has supported them since he was a young child.
However, this move is undoubtedly all about making a step into sports ownership and Bologna appear to be in his sights having been first approached about the possibility.
It would be a huge boost for the club itself after their recent relegation to Serie B, but ultimately it will come down to Bryant’s future plans and whether or not he sees part owning a football club, and Bologna in particular, as a viable and possibly profitable venture.
Meanwhile, it is more than likely that his more immediate concern will be putting two injury-ravaged seasons behind him and getting back to playing regular basketball for the Lakers before ending his glittering career in the NBA.