There is no denying that when it comes to entertainment value and box office draw, Kobe Bryant has earned his $27.7 million salary and then some. But someone has got to say something when Bryant makes considerably more than the next highest paid player on the list Dirk Nowitzki.
Nowitzki makes $20.7 million and LeBron James actually comes later on in the list raking in a cool $17.5 million. But it is the Black Mamba that is at the very top when it comes to the greens. Is he overpaid?
I am a big fan so I don’t think so. But let us just analyze the situation. It is true that Bryant has not been able to win that elusive sixth ring and has not been able to make as big of an impact as he would have liked. A lot of basketball analysts even blame Bryant for the Lakers troubles as of late. I guess this is fair given his penchant for shooting too much and not passing the ball up to his big men.
But the point I am trying to make is that everyone gets really excited to watch the Lakers because of Kobe Bryant. When Bryant is in town, the basketball arena is sold out. Some of you might disagree that it isn’t about selling tickets and I completely agree with that. But the thing is that Bryant already has the rings and the superstar talent combined with the ability to sell a lot of tickets. And I mean a lot!