7 comments on “A failed fast-break self alley-oop while your team is up 28 points…in the 4th Qtr.?? C’MON MAN!!

  1. One of the many reasons why the NBA has now become a tedious bore ! The game was meant to be about the teams and now it has become more about individual feats and how much money the players are earning on and off http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2013/01/23/kobe-and-lebron-top-list-of-the-nbas-highest-paid-players/> the court .

    Courtesy of Forbes.com

    Kobe And LeBron Top List Of The NBA’s Highest-Paid Players

    By Kurt Badenhausen , Forbes contributing writer

    NBA owners intended last season’s lockout to reduce player salaries and increase parity between small- and large-market teams. While overall player costs are down, the stars are still raking it in. The NBA’s 10 highest-paid players will collectively earn $340 million this year alone through salary and endorsements, with big-market players dominant: Seven of the top 10 suit up in New York, Los Angeles or Chicago, while two others hail from sunny, no-income-tax Miami.

    The NBA’s highest-paid player is Kobe Bryant, who will make $59.8 million in salary and endorsements this year. Bryant’s Lakers salary of $27.8 million is $7 million higher than any other player’s. The NBA’s collective bargaining agreement limits individual player salaries to 35% of the team salary cap, which is $58 million this year. But players can also sign deals that are 105% of their previous salary even if it exceeds the cap. Bryant is an exceptional case because he is in his 17th season with the same team at 34 years old and is still playing at an exceptionally high level. The result: Bryant has signed a series of maximum level contracts with the Lakers.

    Bryant, who was voted this month to start in his NBA-record 15th All-Star game, is a popular corporate endorser, earning an estimated $32 million annually off the court from partners Nike, Coca-Cola (he plugs Sprite), Turkish Air, Mercedes-Benz and memorabilia firm Panini. Nike provides the bulk of his sponsorship income. Bryant is a hugely popular figure in China, where Nike is looking to make further inroads. Nike sells twice as many of Bryant’s sneakers in China as in the U.S., according to sources.

    Full List: The NBA’s Highest-Paid Players

    Special Report: The Business of Basketball

    LeBron James of the Miami Heat ranks second with annual earnings of $57.6 million. James accepted a smaller contract ($17.6 million this season) to sign with the Heat than what the Cleveland Cavaliers offered when he left the Cavs in the infamous 2010 “Decision.” Florida offered a lower state tax rate and the Heat provided a clearer path to an NBA title.

    James had a historic 2012 when he led the Heat to the NBA title and the U.S. men’s Olympic team to the gold medal in London. Along the way, he was awarded the MVP award for the regular season and the NBA Finals. Michael Jordan is the only other player to nab the four honors above in the same year.

    James’ memorable 2012 has helped dissipate much of the fallout from his departure from the Cavs. The NBA announced in November that James had the league’s best-selling jersey. He is the NBA’s top pitchman, earning $40 million annually off the court. His sponsors include global titans Nike, Coca-Cola, Samsung and McDonald’s. Audemars Piguet, Dunkin’ Donuts, State Farm and Upper Deck are also part of James’ endorsement portfolio.

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    As far as I am concerned David Stern’s step-down as commissioner has not come around quick enough . Unfortunately , his successor Adam Silver is likely to be a carbon copy of his predecessor .

    The idiots who believe that LeBron James will opt out of his contract to return to Cleveland or Los Angeles need to get a clue , especially as it relates economics .

    tophatal ……………..

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    • Never believed any of that crap about LeBron boltying from a championship team to return to the inept and untalented Cavaliers.

      As for the NBA being more about the individual player and his ‘feats’ as opposed to the ‘team’, I beg to disagree with you about the NBA alone falling prey to this. It happens in every sport. How many baseball players will hit a long shot, drop their bat, and then stand by home plate, self-absorbed in what they had just done? Ever watch the way some players in the NFL enter the end zone after a brilliant catch or run back for a TD? Ever watch Rob Gronkowski in the end zone? Ever see what a DL does after a QB sack? And you of all people Al recall the antics and self-celebration of Neon Dejon…Wasn’t that all about individual feats? Goin’ on for years…

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      • It (NBA) has become about the persona of the players what they’re said to be earning and individual feats. I mean you went overboard with a piece .a on ‘melo’s sixty-two point game and now you’re saying the league itself is team oriented ? The NBA isn’t even marketed as team sport , but by of the visibility of the league’s most high-profiled players .

        Deion Sanders is a self-absorbed ##shole for one ! Two, his(Sanders’) idiocy and the Marshawn Lynch meltdown with Lynch’s use of profanity live on air (NFL Network) , but yet the press chastises Richard Sherman ?

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