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Chris Kaman has a piggy bank ready in case of lockout

Oct 24, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

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NBA players make a lot, I don’t know if you’ve heard. Millions, in fact. So when they say they’re saving, it’s not really all that notable. After all, they do get a per-diem, which continues to blow my mind. They make millions of dollars, but then they get a considerable amount of money just to eat and travel. I gotta work that in my next NBC contract.

But what is notable is why they’re saving money. Chris Kaman is a great example of such a player. From the LA Times:

“There’s a lot of negotiations that are going on, and I don’t really know how it’s going to end up,” the ClippersChris Kaman said Thursday. “They’re saying lockout. You just never know. You’ve just got to be ready and prepare yourself for that, moneywise.

“I’ve been saving a lot — looking out.”

On one hand, it’s good news because you don’t want anyone to suffer through being short on money. On the other, it’s frustrating because it’s not like Kaman’s going to be hurting to come up with rent money, and in the meantime, he’s basically preparing himself in case the fans get denied a 2011-2012 season. The fact that the lockout has become almost unavoidable at this point is depressing, and the situation gets more dire with every passing salvo.

But hey, at least Chris Kaman will be comfortable for it.

  1. bigbabygiv - Oct 24, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    this is an awful, awful article.

    there’s a lot of information suggesting that most players do not possess kaman’s foresight and spend their money wantonly. see: antoine walker.

    there’s probably something interesting to say concerning the financial impact the lock out will have on seemingly rich players. needless to say, you didn’t find it.

    waaaaaah they’re rich.

    try again.

  2. zackd22 - Oct 24, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    “it’s not like Kaman’s going to be hurting to come up with rent money”

    What’s a monthly mortage on a 3m house, vacation house, etc that can’t be sold because the market sucks? Car payments on a few Benz? Private school for kids? Do players have health insurance, or are they dropped if there is a lock out? How much liquid assets do they have and how much is tied into investments opportunities?

    Ask real questions instead of trying to be snarky.

  3. hungrybear22 - Oct 24, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    Agreed, players like Kaman should be applauded, because there are so many stories of their peers going broke or mismanaging themselves into bankruptcy.

    • zackd22 - Oct 24, 2010 at 9:17 PM

      Yup. Instead, we kiss the ass of the guys like Amar’e and LeBron who throw “Look at me parties” and drop money for expensive drinks and parties for people they don’t even know in their new towns, and then wave the finger at guys who blow their fortunes…….then we mock guys like Kaman who is being responsible for himself and his family.

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