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What to buy the NBA player who has everything

Mar 5, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

NBA players make money, and a lot of it. They bring home the bacon, the big bucks, the Benjamins. They get paid.

As such, most players — unless they’re former NBA MEGA-star and greatest-of-all-time candidate Antoine Walker — have enough coin to snatch up all of the material goods they need and then some. That can make birthday or Christmas shopping a tad difficult, but if you’re looking for a gift for the NBA player in your life, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant may have a suggestion. From ESPN’s Chris Broussard writing at TrueHoop:

James and Bryant decided to buy each member of the 2010 NBA All-Star
team a pair of custom-made “Beats by Dr. Dre” Monster headphones.
James bought them for his 12 Eastern Conference teammates, while Bryant
did the same for the 14 other Western Conference all-stars.

Speaking
via blackberry, James and Bryant settled on getting Dre’s $350
“Studio” version headphones. They then contacted Dr. Dre and asked him
to customize each set of headphones by making them in the All-Star
colors (blue for the East, red for the West) and putting each player’s
number on them. That cost an extra $100 per set.

James and
Bryant presented their gifts in the locker room before the Feb. 14
game. I’m told their stunned teammates “went crazy.”

Headphones! Brilliant! I mean, everyone loves music, right? And players travel all the time, so they’re constantly plugged into their iPods and laptops!

Nevermind the fact that, well, everybody owns a pair of headphones. I guess you could always stand to upgrade. Don’t get me wrong, the gesture is certainly a nice one, but for some reason the idea of a bunch of NBA stars going “crazy” over some headphones is just a tad ridiculous to me.

Plus, come on, Kobe and LeBron. Headphones are totally uninspired

  1. Holla - Mar 5, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Walker spent a lot of his money on his friends and family. You try supporting 70 plus family members and see how long your money lasts.

  2. j.d.hastings - Mar 5, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Dre’s “personalizations” were actually a series of subliminal messages mixed into whatever the players listen to that will lull the the other all-stars into lazy habits and poor defense.

  3. Kanner - Mar 5, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    The players probably went “crazy” because they got some of the most expensive earphones on the market, KD recently did the same exact thing by buying all of his teammates the same headphones for helping him make the all star game.

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