14 Apr 2010

Bryant and Lakers to play London pre-season game

9:34 am on 14 April 2010

Kobe Bryant, one of the biggest names in basketball, will play his first NBA game outside the U.S. when he leads his champion Los Angeles Lakers against the Minnesota Timberwolves in a pre-season game in London on October 4.

Bryant who makes over $20 million per season, has won four NBA championship titles and was last year's most valuable player in the NBA finals.

It will be the Lakers' first international game since playing in Paris in 1991.

Minnesota will also play the New York Knicks in Paris on October 6 while the Knicks will play Milan on October 4 and the Lakers visit Barcelona three days later.

But the NBA chief David Stern's pledge to bring a regular season game to London ahead of the 2012 Olympics there will not be honoured this year.