Kobe Bryant to loan players money during extended lockout

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 09-19-2011, 02:27 PM         #1
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Kobe Bryant to loan players money during extended lockout
 

 
We've heard several times over the past few months that many NBA players live paycheck to paycheck, a state of affairs that undermines the conception that they're all overpaid children. It's amazing how expenses can pile up for young men with tons of new responsibilities.

Depending on who you ask, this lockout may last many more months. If that happens, many of these paycheck-to-paycheck players may need some financial help. The good news is that several union members are prepared to lend a helping hand, including one of the league's titans. From Lance Pugmire's interview with Billy Hunter for the Los Angeles Times (via EOB):


What role will NBA superstars like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James play as this moves forward?

"They've been deeply involved in the meetings we've had. I know Kobe is intimately involved in interfacing with colleagues and sharing in a pool of revenue to help the others get through this. Kobe has volunteered to do that in the event others need, he and others are prepared to loan money if necessary."

Congrats to Hunter for engaging in serious corporate-speak by using "interfacing with colleagues" when he means "having conversations." He is certainly proving that he deserves to hold on to his job as union leader whether decertification happens or not. Not everyone understands business culture that well.

The story here is odd for a few reasons. First, we've been conditioned to think that highly paid athletes are greedy egotists, not people would help their peers when in need. Second, that's especially true of Bryant, who has been called a ballhog and teammate-freezer-outer since shortly after he entered the league as a prep star in 1996. While Kobe isn't typically discussed as a guy with many friends around the league, it's nice to see him going to bat for other athletes now.

Then again, for all we know he'll charge obscene interest rates and cut the knee ligaments of anyone who doesn't pay him back. The man would be a terrific loan shark. He'd even have a signature maiming:manipulating the jaw into a permanent underbite.


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 Kobe Bryant is prepared to loan players money during a long lockout - Ball Don't Lie - NBA*Blog - Yahoo! Sports

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 7 years ago '10        #2
USC 79 heat pts79
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I'm going to need that money back when the season starts, with a 24% interest rate
 7 years ago '11        #3
Loso Luciano24 227 heat pts227
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 7 years ago '11        #4
spittapilottalk 44 heat pts44
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it's amazing that a nba player made what a minimum of 350k - 400k last year a lone needs a loan..
 7 years ago '09        #5
Lupe Hunter 79 heat pts79
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Kobe is cool for doing this

I can imagine somebody asking mj for a loan

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 7 years ago '09        #6
TraV 77 heat pts77
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lol even bench warmers shouldn't need a damn loan if they managing their bread.
 7 years ago '04        #7
KURUPTION!!! 541 heat pts541
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 Loso Luciano24 said:
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Kobe shouldn't either. He's not a fu*king bank.
 09-19-2011, 03:57 PM         #8
SeaJaiye  OP
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jordan is known for being a cheap bastard, he'd never do this sh*t.
 7 years ago '09        #9
LOONATIK 1 heat pts
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All yall my niccas but pleasssseeee quit with the comparisons!!!! Who gives a fuk what Jordan woulda did, Jordan aint doing it now is he? Kobe's doing it, say its a nice gesture and keep it pushin
 7 years ago '05        #10
ogballer32 430 heat pts430
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Kobe tryna buy another ship?
 7 years ago '04        #11
abstractq 5 heat pts
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Kobe the Godfather. . .
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 spittapilottalk said:
it's amazing that a nba player made what a minimum of 350k - 400k last year a lone needs a loan..
thats for the ones that get a whole year contract...u not thinkin bout the players that get signed to like 5 , 10, 15 day contracts etc.
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 prettyboy1169 said:
thats for the ones that get a whole year contract...u not thinkin bout the players that get signed to like 5 , 10, 15 day contracts etc.
Kobe is NOT checking for those guys.
 7 years ago '04        #14
justinjones 310 heat pts310
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 prettyboy1169 said:
thats for the ones that get a whole year contract...u not thinkin bout the players that get signed to like 5 , 10, 15 day contracts etc.
kobe not paying for them
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 09-19-2011, 05:12 PM         #16
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This n*gga Kobe is gonna have Udonis Haslem coming to n*ggas doors to collect like "Kobe's gonna need that first payment. *Puts knife to Quintin Richardson's girl's throat*. Now."
 7 years ago '04        #17
JJH35 11 heat pts11
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So everyone in this thread talking about the guys making "350-500k" are telling me if they made that much money in 1 year, they would not buy a more expensive car, or a nice/nicer house, or anything nice?

Find an executive/vp whatever or something to that effect at a company, that make 100-200k a year and show me how many of them live in a 2 BR apartment, that costs sh*t, or drives an older car. Yea some do, most don't.

The majority of people that make whatever amount of money they make, live to that level, not below it. If you are that person making 100k/year, and you get "fired" or laid off, you don't think you'd think what am I gonna do? You all have it planned out to live without a job for at least 5 years if you couldn't find something? Bring on the lies
 7 years ago '08        #18
clenz7621 5 heat pts
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Hovi Bryant 676 heat pts676
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You take care of your own.
 7 years ago '09        #20
WiLL 17 heat pts17
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 Loso Luciano24 said:
Would mike do this?
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perfect use of gifs..
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