LeBron James still has some work to do. According to a report from Wealth-X.com (via Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times), Kobe Bryant has the highest net worth in the NBA. The Black Mamba is estimated to be worth a whopping $220 million.
Endorsements with Nike, Coca-Cola, Turkish Airlines, Mercedes-Benz, Lenovo, Panini and Hublot have helped Kobe amass a fortune greater than any other superstar in the Association. A global reach, specifically in China, has also aided in the creation of the Los Angeles Lakers mogul.
Rounding out the league’s top five richest players are Kevin Garnett ($190 million), LeBron James ($130 million) and Ray Allen and Tim Duncan ($100 million).
If you remember, LeBron had hoped to become a billion-dollar athlete upon entering the league. A $130 million net worth certainly isn’t chump change, but he’s got some ground to cover. Catching Kobe will have to be first on his list. Bryant is worth nearly $100 million more than LeBron. He’s been in the league almost twice as long as The King, but that’s still an impressive figure.
In truth, LeBron’s earnings don’t really matter much—Kobe is going to remain obscenely rich either way. No matter when he retires or what he does when he finally walks away, we’ll always know that the stacks of cash under Kobe’s mattress are far bigger than ours.
Well, in terms of wealth, do you think LeBron James will be able to top Kobe Bryant in the next couple of years? And just to push it — who do you think is the better basketball player between the two?
Source: Dan Favale | Bleacher Report