Posted by Royce Young
So, evidently David Stern makes a crapton of money. Somewhere in the $23 million a year neighborhood. As Ben Golliver noted, just one NBA player makes more than that -- Kobe Bryant who will receive $25.2 million for 2011-12.
(Three players make more than $20 million -- Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan and... Rashard Lewis.)
With this whole lockout fiasco based around the league claiming something like $340-370 million in losses, with 22 teams losing money because player salaries are out of control, Stern's salary is pretty relevant material.
And you can be sure players have taken notice. One vocal one being Spencer Hawes of the 76ers. He tweeted:
Hard not to appreciate his position. Stern is widely regarded as the best commissioner in sports and has been in charge of the NBA since 1984. It's not really THAT absurd for him to make a monster salary running the league. Still, with this labor dispute over out of control contracts and salaries, the fact Stern is making a killing raises eyebrows.
I don't want to say Spencer Hawes just made the worst mistake of his life, but if you hear about him signing a no opt-out contract to play professionally in Siberia, I think you'll know why.