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Forbes: Kobe tops LeBron as NBA's highest earner

Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:00 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 3:01 pm
Kobe Bryant is the NBA's top earner. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver

The Los Angeles Lakers are back on top as the NBA's most valuable franchise and All-Star guard Kobe Bryant retains his crown as the league's top earner.

The latest evaluation from Forbes Magazine estimates that Bryant will earn $53.2 million in salary and endorsements this year, well more than his closest competition. Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James is No. 2 at $49 million.
Bryant’s following has allowed him to amass an endorsement portfolio of global brands including Nike, Smart Car, Panini and Turkish Airlines that pay him $28 million annually. Factor in his league leading $25.2 million salary from the Lakers and Bryant is the NBA’s top-earning athlete at $53.2 million.

Bryant’s Lakers salary is $3 million greater than any other NBA player thanks to the idiosyncrasies of the NBA’s maximum salary rules on individual players. 
Bryant, 33, is a 5-time NBA champion and 13-time All-Star. He is currently leading the NBA in scoring, at 30.5 points per game and is currently the Western Conference's leading vote-getter for the 2012 All-Star Game. Entering this season, Bryant had earned more than $196 million in salary during his career, according to

In December, Vanessa Bryant, Kobe's wife, filed for divorce. She will reportedly receive up to $75 million in the divorce settlement, including three California houses owned by the couple. 

The rest of the top-5 NBA earners, according to Forbes: Orlando Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard (28.9 million), Miami Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade (27.7 million) and New York Knicks All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony (26.5 million).

Since: Jun 21, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 2:56 am

Forbes: Kobe tops LeBron as NBA's highest earner

She decided early on to go 10 years to maximize her take. Kobe learned an expensive lesson.  Hookers are way cheaper and far less hassle.  She got paid though.  As long as Kobe keeps paying her, he'll be allowed to see his kids.  But that's how it works.  Makes no sense for any rich celebrity to sign a marriage contract.  They'll just get taken for everything she can get.  

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:23 pm

Forbes: Kobe tops LeBron as NBA's highest earner

But she ain't messing with a broke nigga

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:00 pm

Forbes: Kobe tops LeBron as NBA's highest earner

I ain't saying she a gold digga...

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