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.