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The Kobe System: Forbes says Bryant NBA’s top earner

Jan 25, 2012, 9:10 PM EDT

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Apparently the Kobe System has taken him beyond success. You’re welcome.

As part of their NBA financial breakdown on Wednesday, Forbes Magazine named the top earners in the NBA, based on both salary and endorsements. Not shockingly (and to the delight of Vanessa), Kobe Bryant tops the list at $53.2 million last year.

Kobe made half of that in salary, $25 million as the highest paid player in the NBA, but that’s not where the real money is.

While the NBA lockout angered fans and threatened the 2011-12 season this fall, Kobe Bryant toured Europe to promote Nike and the game that made him a global icon…. The story is the same in Asia. Bryant is the most revered athlete in China as a five-time champion with the Los Angeles Lakers and the heir apparent to the high-flying Michael Jordan. He makes annual pilgrimages to China in support of Nike.

The rest of your top 10 earners:

2. LeBron James ($49 million)
3. Dwight Howard ($28.9 million)
4. Dwyane Wade ($27.7 million)
5. Carmelo Anthony ($26.5 million)
6. (tie) Amare Stoudemire ($26.2 million)
6. Kevin Garnett ($26.2 million)
8. Kevin Durant ($24.5 million)
9. Tim Duncan ($23.3 million)
10. Chris Paul ($22.4 million)

  1. burm61 - Jan 25, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    The drop from LeBron to Dwight astonishing to me

  2. lookatthefarside - Jan 25, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    I guess sprite dumping him has no effect at all. Lol.

  3. dannyboyd22 - Jan 25, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    It’s rose getting 250 million over 10 years plus his nba salary?

  4. dgbk - Jan 25, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    i agree burm 61….. soon derrick rose will be on that list.. im also surprised duncan and garnet still top 10

    • cured76 - Jan 26, 2012 at 12:54 AM

      Duncan and KG are in the Ewing years of their contracts. Back-loading contracts can be pretty painful!

  5. rj88888 - Jan 25, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    What’s up with the Knicks?

  6. diablito0402 - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Whats up with the knicks?? Nothing, business as usual year in and year out!!!

  7. redbullenergydrink - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Wow, some people just have it all! Didn’t know Lebron was almost make twice as much as Wade.

    • redbullenergydrink - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:16 PM

      making*

  8. glink123 - Jan 26, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Rose will make $44 million next year, between his new NBA contract and his new Adidas deal.

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