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(Huffington Post)   Gimpy Steve Nash figures if the Lakers can throw away 28 million on a lame Kobe he might as well hang in for his 9 mill. Suck it, Lou Gehrig   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 17
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722 clicks; posted to Sports » on 16 Mar 2014 at 8:36 AM (32 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-03-16 08:43:01 AM  
They're both too old, and are going to be injured all the time from here on out.
 
2014-03-16 09:15:02 AM  

jso2897: They're both too old, and are going to be injured all the time from here on out.


And the Laker's knew they were old when they gave both contracts.

Also, who would walk away from that kind of guaranteed money right before retirement?
 
2014-03-16 09:22:01 AM  
Kobe signed this ludicrous contract and is now biatching that the team is hamstrung and can't do anything.  The only reasonable course for Nash is take his money.
 
2014-03-16 09:38:08 AM  
You can make a case for Kobe that his current contract is simply paying him back for all the years he was underpaid due to the max salary bullshiat.
 
2014-03-16 09:41:27 AM  
Lou Gehrig could slam dunk?
 
2014-03-16 09:56:54 AM  
I'm sure some people have a problem with this, but I don't blame him at all.
 
2014-03-16 10:00:12 AM  

Lost Thought 00: You can make a case for Kobe that his current contract is simply paying him back for all the years he was underpaid due to the max salary bullshiat.


Yeah, Kobe owes the Lakers no apology. Then again, Nash has been criminally underpaid most of his career, although obviously not by the Lakers. Lead the league in assists six times while being probably the most efficient shooter ever, and never sniffed a max contract. Guy has every right to hold on and milk every dollar he can out of the NBA
 
2014-03-16 10:23:59 AM  
This is a league that gave an out of basketball, but not officially retired, Keith Van Horne over a million dollars to sign a contract so he could be immediately traded and waived.  Why should Nash walk away from a guaranteed contract?
 
2014-03-16 10:38:10 AM  
Basketball players are underpaid (relative to the other professional sports leagues).
 
2014-03-16 10:59:20 AM  

TeamEd: Basketball players are underpaid (relative to the other professional sports leagues).


Lol, I hope that was sarcasm

Average seasonal salaries per league and per game:

MLB  3.39 mil    21,000/game
NBA  5.51 mil    67,200/game
NFL   1.9 mill    180,750/game
NHL   2.4 mill     29,269/game

now multiply the average salary with the average career length for each respective sport:

MLB 3.39 mill x 5.6yrs = 19 mil
NBA  5.51 mill x 6yrs =33 mil
NFL   1.9 mil x 4.5yrs*  =8.5 mil
NHL  2.4 mill x 5yrs =12 mill

and it seems the average lifetime earnings in the NBA far exceed that of any other sport.

*NFL career length is subject to debate.  The commission goes by those who are on the opening day roster and averages almost 6 years.  The players union clams its 3.2 years  I choose a middle number of 4.5 years
 
2014-03-16 11:34:24 AM  

Gunderson: TeamEd: Basketball players are underpaid (relative to the other professional sports leagues).

Lol, I hope that was sarcasm

Average seasonal salaries per league and per game:

MLB  3.39 mil    21,000/game
NBA  5.51 mil    67,200/game
NFL   1.9 mill    180,750/game
NHL   2.4 mill     29,269/game

now multiply the average salary with the average career length for each respective sport:

MLB 3.39 mill x 5.6yrs = 19 mil
NBA  5.51 mill x 6yrs =33 mil
NFL   1.9 mil x 4.5yrs*  =8.5 mil
NHL  2.4 mill x 5yrs =12 mill

and it seems the average lifetime earnings in the NBA far exceed that of any other sport.

*NFL career length is subject to debate.  The commission goes by those who are on the opening day roster and averages almost 6 years.  The players union clams its 3.2 years  I choose a middle number of 4.5 years


Seriously. I know this is a few years old, but it's still relevant. Also, most NBA contracts are fully guaranteed, not at all the case in the NFL, not sure about the other leagues.
 
2014-03-16 01:27:35 PM  

Kevin Lomax: I'm sure some people have a problem with this, but I don't blame him at all.


There seems to be this odd idea that professional sports players are alone to blame for their employers deciding to overpay them, and should refuse to sign bloated contracts out of some vague notion that allowing yourself to be overcompensated is just as bad as demanding to be overcompensated, or that it's somehow unethical to let the front office make a dumb decision and suffer the consequences.
 
2014-03-16 01:55:20 PM  

TeamEd: Basketball players are underpaid (relative to the other professional sports leagues).


Basketball players are underpaid relative to the value that they add to their franchises as compared to baseball. Signing LeBron would swing a franchise's value and record far more than Cano will do for the Mariners, but Cano's contract is way bigger. Not so much NHL, MLS, or non-QB NFL.
 
2014-03-16 02:35:22 PM  

TeamEd: Basketball players are underpaid (relative to the other professional sports leagues).


Top players are criminally underpaid, but the league as a whole is about on par with where it should be.
 
2014-03-16 03:57:22 PM  

Lost Thought 00: You can make a case for Kobe that his current contract is simply paying him back for all the years he was underpaid due to the max salary bullshiat.


Which is terrible business by the Lakers. You don't have to pay him twice for his golden years. Kobe got his money because the Lakers needed to keep the fans goodwill while they were terrible, but they deal will leave them far more hamstrung then $9m for Nash, especially as they can cut him and spread the $9m over 3 separate cap hit years.
 
2014-03-16 08:53:34 PM  

Lost Thought 00: TeamEd: Basketball players are underpaid (relative to the other professional sports leagues).

Top players are criminally underpaid, but the league as a whole is about on par with where it should be.


The players in the nba share a smaller percentage of earnings then other leagues.
 
2014-03-17 01:30:50 PM  

Gunderson: Lou Gehrig could slam dunk?


Quite probably. Most contemporary accounts had Gehrig as the best pure athlete in baseball in his era.
 
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