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Old 08-27-12, 06:58 PM
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Kevin Garnett has made more in NBA salary than anyone. Ever.

Kevin Garnett took a pay cut to come back to the Boston Celtics this year. It’s three years, $34 million. We’d all like a pay cut like that.

But it was still enough — with his new contract Kevin Garnett passes Shaquille O’Neal as highest career earner in NBA history.

WarriorsWorld tweeted out a new list updated with current NBA contracts, and here is the top 10:

1. Kevin Garnett $328,562,398
2. Shaquille O’Neal $292, 198, 327
3. Kobe Bryant $279,738,062
4. Tim Duncan $224,709,155
5. Dirk Nowitzki $204,063,985
6. Joe Johnson $198,647,490
7. Jason Kidd $193,855,468
8. Ray Allen $181,127,360
9. Chris Webber $178,230,218
10. Paul Pierce $169,486,218

If you rolled your eyes at those guys, at least they care all great players, but No. 12 on the list is Jermaine O’Neal. LeBron is 24th, but he has a couple big contracts ahead of him.

What about Michael Jordan? He’s 87th at $90 million. But his endorsement money (to this day) would vault him way, way up the list.

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Old 08-27-12, 09:04 PM
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And a lot of it is about timing, when exactly they came into the league. Garnett hit it just right by coming into the league and cashing in before the 1999 collective-bargaining agreement. Same thing with Shaquille O'Neill. Kobe has just kept building on the same max salary year after year, whereas Duncan has agreed to take less. Duncan could be the highest paid player in history if he had wanted to be. Or at least right up there with O'Neil.
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Old 08-28-12, 04:50 PM
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He really helped strangle Minnys chances to sign anyone , along wih McHales under the table deal for joe smith.
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Old 08-28-12, 08:06 PM
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And a lot of it is about timing, when exactly they came into the league. Garnett hit it just right by coming into the league and cashing in before the 1999 collective-bargaining agreement. Same thing with Shaquille O'Neill. Kobe has just kept building on the same max salary year after year, whereas Duncan has agreed to take less. Duncan could be the highest paid player in history if he had wanted to be. Or at least right up there with O'Neil.
true. It's crazy that at this point Richard Jefferson has made more money than Manu has but then again Manu didn't enter the NBA until he was already in the prime of his career.
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Old 08-28-12, 11:04 PM
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He really helped strangle Minnys chances to sign anyone , along wih McHales under the table deal for joe smith.
Exactly. The only one who has been able to make the situation work for championships by calling from max contracts extension raise to Maxx contract extension raise has been Kobe. And we all know there has been a finger tipping those scales throughout
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