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Kobe, Durant Rose well paid for Philippines pickup game

Jul 25, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

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You make any money this weekend?

Kobe Bryant did. So did Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and the rest of the NBA players who went to the Philippines for a couple of exhibition games over the weekend where they beat some local teams.

In a story about players being serious looking overseas, Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated dropped this knowledge.

Star-studded exhibition games like the two taking place in the Philippines this weekend are proving to be quite profitable as well, with one source with knowledge of the deals saying the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Chicago’s Derrick Rose are being paid more than $400,000 apiece for their weekend of work (reminder: tax-free).

Nice off-season payday.

The point of leaking this to Amick — as well as players flirting with European teams — is to put pressure on the owners at the negotiating table. To show the owners that the players are not just going to buckle in these negotiations when the first paycheck is missed. That they are in for a fight.

By the way, the players wouldn’t miss their first paycheck until Nov. 15. By then games would already be missed, fans already would have been screwed and the league will have already killed the momentum it gained last year. And if either side thinks that it will take three to five years to get back that momentum (so the price would be worth it), they should go take a real hard look at the national economy. A lockout like this during a recession, one that costs games, will play a lot worse and be felt a lot longer than previous strikes.

  1. chargerdillon - Jul 25, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Takes notes from the NFL, a bunch of BS was spewed about how we were going to miss the season and the holdout was for real, and now with a few months remaining till the regular season before the NFL starts, no regular season games will be missed.

    Just like the NFL, there’s too much money at stake and sooner or later one side will fold more than likely the owners who cant make the same amount of money once games are missed. Players have contracts, they know how much they make, but owners money is all based on on the fans wanting to pay for the product. Piss off the fans and they don’t come, players will make their money one way or another and the owners will suck it for pinching pennies.

  2. louxi - Jul 27, 2011 at 2:37 AM

    talking about philippines..a poor country.
    its not at all!! hahaha

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