Bird's wins, not pay stack up

April 9, 2009
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birdThe Cleveland Cavaliers are two games away from equaling the 1985-86 Boston Celtics’ best-ever NBA home record. The Cavs are 38-1 playing on the banks of Lake Erie. They only have San Antonio and Washington to conquer.

But things were a bit different—in more ways than one—when Larry Bird, who is now Indiana Pacers’ basketball operations boss, led the Celtics to a 40-1 record in the Boston Garden. During the 85-86 season, Bird, then a seven-year veteran,  topped the Celtics’ payroll with a $1.8 million salary. Kevin McHale made $1 million and Dennis Johnson netted $782,000. Robert Parish, aka: The Chief, earned $700,000.

The Cavaliers will pay LeBron James $14.4 million this year, but he’s not even the team’s highest paid player. That honor goes to Ben Wallace, who will knock down $14.5 million. The Cavs are paying journeyman Lorenzen Wright, who has played in 16 games this season, $1.26 million.
  • Here's a shocker for you...athletes are overpaid!

    Not that they don't have very special talents, but the inflation in their pay over the past 20 years is ridiculous. Especially when you take into consideration how quickly a lot of them squander it.
  • Athletes are overpaid ... that's a simplistic view. NFL rakes in hundreds of millions each year in TV revenue ... and in markets like N.Y., L.A. and Chicago, those NBA franchises are doing just fine. They're making enough to pay all their players and make the team owners a tidy profit. Unfortunately, the same can't be said all the time in all the smaller markets like Indy. The ROI on the players depends on the league they're in and the market in which they play among other things. Bird defenitely made the Boston Celtics more than $1.8 million per year. Heck, his accomplishments in that town are still paying dividends.

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