Kobe Bryant, in his declining years, is easily the most overpaid player in the NBA. He played just 35 games this year before bowing out due to another season ending injury, making $23.5 million and he’ll make $25 million next year.
However, Kobe Bryant, for just about the entirety of his career and even when he was making the absolute most money the NBA would allow him to make, was completely and utterly underpaid. Kobe has long been aware of this, since his teens even, and he’s completely correct in reminding us that the NBA’s owners have developed a collectively bargained system that does not reward its stars with payment commensurate with their contributions.
What Kobe might be a little off on is including his beloved Lakers within the ranks of his moneyed martyrdom. In a typically-interesting and oftentimes odd interview with Chuck Klosterman at GQ, Bryant relayed that he thinks it was the Los Angeles Lakers that were the cause of the owners’ hardline stance during the 2011 NBARead More »from Kobe Bryant says the 2011 lockout 'was made to restrict the Lakers'