We love to get paid…to do nothing

A lot of these guys pictured make a lot of money. (Photo credit to sportsonearth.com)
A lot of these guys pictured make a lot of money. (Photo credit to sportsonearth.com)

I hate wasting money.

I’m sure NBA owners are sick of it, too.

Of the 30 highest paid players, I found some staggering numbers.

One thing was certain: money was WASTED.

The 30 highest paid players in the NBA combined for a total salary of $534,013,802 this past season. As a whole, the combined NBA salary of all the teams was $2,190,680,568.

The 30 highest paid players made 24.38 percent of that money.

If the 30 players had played in all 82 games, each player would have averaged $217,078.78 per game.

But if anyone followed the NBA closely this season, they would know that a lot of players missed a lot of games. In fact, Brandon Roy hasn’t played in two years and he is still collecting paychecks from the Portland Trail Blazers!

Chris Paul was the only player on the top 30 list to play all 82 games. Those 30 players combined to play in 1,861 games of 2,460 games this season. That’s a little more than 75 percent.

Players were paid an average of $286,949.92 per game.

Of the money earned by the highest paid players, the average amount made per player is $17,800,436.07.

Four hundred and sixty-two other players played in a NBA game this season. Those players accounted for $1,656,666,766 of the remaining salary. Those players were paid an average of $3,585,858.80. Furthermore, when I added and divided everything together, the top 30 players had such an influence on the other 462 players, the salary average rose to $4,452,602.78.

That’s nearly a million-dollar increase because of 30 players.

I expected an increase because those 30 guys made a huge chunk of the total money.

This showed me some of the players in the NBA are making way too much money, and a lot of players are missing games because of injuries.

I would like to know why teams invest so much into medicine and technology when most of these players can’t play a full 82-game schedule? Twenty-eight players managed to play all 82 games this season. That’s a porous 5.7 percent of the player population.

In 1999, 58 players managed to “tough it out” and play in 82 games. On top of that, another 40 players saw action in at least 80 games, and a total of 231 players participated in at least 75 percent of the games (62 or more). The league had 431 players see action that season, and 53.6 percent of them played in 75 percent of the games. Not even half of this year’s players saw action in 75 percent of their team’s games. Funny thing is, players were paid much less 16 years ago. Five players earned more than $15 million in 1999. That number was at 23 this season.

In 1990, the league only had 387 players, and 239 players played in 75 percent of contests. The percentage? Nearly 62 percent. Eighty-seven played in at least 80 games (22 percent) and 50 players played in all 82 (13 percent), including all the stars! Not to mention, players didn’t get an eight-day All-Star break, nor did teams have the medicine, doctors and technology that today’s players do.

Players didn’t catch cramps because the air conditioning went out, LeBron James. If a player did get a cramp, it was because they played their butt off. No player had to be carried to the locker room, only to come back and play out of his mind. I’m talking to you, Paul Pierce. No player sat out because he needed “rest.” Roy Hibbert, you ruined my chances at a shot at $20,000 on FanDuel. Thanks for starting it, Gregg Popovich.

Fifteen and 20 years ago, people paid less money for courtside seats to watch bigger names and better players. In today’s world, courtside seats to a Milwaukee Bucks-Orlando Magic game, in Milwaukee, would empty out what I have in my savings account. Sorry but people do not want to watch that garbage.

These are the “best athletes in the world.” I agree, but how are they always hurt? I’ll tell you why. When a player has no real skill, (Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, and Dwight Howard, to name a few) that player is a hurt a lot because they rely too heavily on their athleticism, and after a while their body breaks down. Then, it’s back to the operating table.

It’s bad that I’m writing about this because I like the NBA, but the softness of these players is eating away at me.

Some people might say, “Well, then don’t watch it if you don’t like.” That has nothing to do with it. I wish the players would man-up, for once.

I wonder what my boss would say if I called in to work and said, “I can’t go today. I need a rest.”

Stop missing games! For every game a highly paid player misses, money should be handed out to fans, in place of tickets. Matter of fact, why doesn’t the player buy 100 tickets for the next home game his team has after he misses a game? On top of that, include a $10 food/drink voucher so that lucky fan could get ice cream or a beer.

That’s brings me to another complaint. Food and drink prices.

Oh, what the hell.

I’ll save it for another day.


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