Not that it comes as much of a surprise but the men with the biggest NBA contracts stand to also be the NBA’s biggest losers amid the ongoing lockout. Brian Reed at The Post Game put together a top 10 list of the players that stand to miss the most in terms of cash now that we’re officially in game cancellation country.
The Lakers lay claim to having two of the biggest lockout losers with Pau Gasol checking in at #7 and Kobe Bryant sitting atop the list.
Reed’s calculations are based on a bi-weekly pay model and by his mathematics Gasol will be out $1.439-million per pay cycle while Bryant won’t be cashing any of his $1.941-million checks anytime soon.
Perhaps this is the exact propaganda the owners have been waiting to see fill the headlines. Given the way the negotiations have moved along at Shaq’s pace in a marathon it would seem the owners were banking on the players panicking once they started missing checks.
By all accounts the players stand united and aren’t showing any public signs of panic. But just wait until Gilbert Arenas realizes he won’t be getting his customary $1.482-million check. That won’t go over well. Not when you’re got hungry piranhas to feed. While we’re on the subject of Arenas, he cracks the top 5 of the biggest lockout loser list. Ironically the man he was traded for, Rashard Lewis, is #2 behind Kobe.
And you wonder why we’re dead in the water with this lockout?