HoopsHype Olimpia Milano rumors

August 7, 2013 Updates

Curtis Jerrells will sign today his contract with Olimpia Milano, a source told Sportando. The two parts reached a full agreement and Jerrells will be the starting PG of the Italian team. Jerrells returns to Europe after his experience with Besiktas last season. After a few months of action the PG left Turkey and returned in America where he played in D-League. Sportando

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Pops Mensah-Bonsu had an agreement in principle with Cimberio Varese but in the last hours Olimpia Milano made a better offer for him and the British forward decided to accept the proposal of the club coached by Sergio Scariolo. Pops, whose agent is the same as Scariolo, had already the flight booked to join Varese this week and make his debut in the weekend against Vanoli Cremona when Olimpia Milano entered in the negotiations convincing the player to join them. Sportando

January 9, 2013 Updates

Olimpia Milano has an agreement with Pops Mensah-Bonsu since last week, as Sportando reported. The agreement between the two parts was confirmed yesterday to us by another source close to the British forward. But his arrival in Milano for the physicals, expected for this week, has been likely delayed a few days. Sportando

December 14, 2012 Updates

Carlos Arroyo's agent, Manuel Capicchioni, denied that the Puerto Rican PG is close to joining Olimpia Milano. Capicchioni talked to Basketitaly. "The player was offered to Milano over the last weeks but nowadays, the Italian team has not made an offer for him. Carlos would love to play in team as important as Milano but I rule out the chance for him to wear EA7 jersey. We are in talks with two Turkish teams (Galatasaray and Fenerbahce), really interested in signing him. Of course, everything can happen in the coming days". Sportando

November 19, 2012 Updates

"Mike wasn't just a player," said Marco Crespi, a professional coach in Italy and former assistant of D'Antoni in Milan and with the Phoenix Suns. "He was a franchise player. The difference maker." Or, as Gheradini said: "In Italy, he was everything." So much so he caught the eye of an American kid living in Italy at the time named Kobe Bryant, whose father, Joe Bryant, was a teammate of D'Antoni's on Olimpia Milano. D'Antoni was a revelation to Bryant, who was still in the process of formulating his skill set and would study the best players of the day trying to mimic and steal aspects of their game to incorporate into his own. "Growing up, I tried to watch and learn from so many basketball players, all the top ones," Bryant said. "He was certainly a top one. He was certainly a player that I admired. He was tough. He was a tenacious guard that made great plays. He was probably the greatest guard ever to play over there." Los Angeles Daily News

Bryant was soon emulating D'Antoni and the others, taking the court at halftime of Olimpia Milano games and wooing the crowd as a precocious 12-year-old. "We'd practically have to kick him off the court to get the second-half started," D'Antoni says now, laughing. After games the American players and their families would often hang out together, with Kobe tagging a long and listening intently as D'Antoni and the others would talk about basketball. Little did D'Antoni know he was helping spawn one of the greatest basketball players of all time. "I had no idea he'd grow up to be Kobe Bryant," he said. Los Angeles Daily News

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Olimpia Milano is again on the market looking for a new combo guard who will be replacing the injured JR Bremer for the final part of the season. The Italian team made an offer to Aaron Brooks in the last days but the player turned it down. Brooks has spent the season in China with Souther Tigers losing the final against Beijing Ducks led by Stephon Marbury. Sportando

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Marko Jaric has been offered to Olimpia Milano. The Serbian PG is free agent and is ready to have a tryout period with the Italian team to check his condition. Olimpia Milano's priority is JR Bremer. Sportando

December 30, 2011 Updates

As reported by Chema de Lucas on Twitter, Olimpia Milano is not planning to add any player for Euroleague Top 16. In the last hours Slovenian forward Bostjan Nachbar was linked to the Italian team as replacement of the injured Malik Hairston (out four weeks) for the Euroleague Top 16. Nachbar is actually free agent and is trying to get a contract in the NBA. Sportando

November 15, 2011 Updates
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Have you ever thought about signing Kobe Bryant? Sergio Scariolo (Olimpia Milano's head coach): Olimpia has received a lot of calls from Bryant's agent because the player was interested in playing in Milano. But from the beginning we had decided we would not sign locked out players and we only made an exception with Danilo Gallinari because of his personal links with the team. VAVEL.com

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