Theyre members of whats been dubbed the Fortunate 50 by Sports Illustrated, but after last season, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol might have to disagree at least a little.
That said, though, team failures hardly erase the fact that the three Lakers are among the 50 highest-earning athletes in sports over the course of their most recent season. Theyre raking in the money, no matter if its not coming with the rings they likely expected.
Bryant ranks highest on the list, at no. 4, although LeBron James (no. 2) passed him to assume the place of the highest-earning NBA player. Bryants total earnings for the year topped out at 46.85 million, according to the list, with 27.85 million coming from his salary and 19 million from his endorsements.
Howard comes next, at no. 31, making 21.94 million, 19.54 via salary and 2.4 via endorsements. Gasol falls just behind Howard, at no. 37, with his 21.1 million in earnings. Gasol nets slightly less endorsement cash 2.1 million to Howar...