Like it’s not enough to get paid millions for playing basketball for a living, but Miami Heat’s LeBron James is the top earner in the NBA off the court according to Forbes.com:
Player/total endorsement income/shoe sponsor
LeBron James: $34 million (Nike)
Kobe Bryant: $28 million (Nike)
Dwyane Wade: $12 million (Jordan/Nike)
Dwight Howard: $11 million (Adidas)
Yao Ming: $10 million (Reebok)
Shaquille O’Neal: $10 million (Dunkman/Li Ning)
Kevin Durant: $9 million (Nike)
Carmelo Anthony: $8 million (Jordan/Nike)
Amar’e Stoudemire: $8 million (Nike-expiring this summer)
Indeed business is on the rise for James. The Heat are in the NBA Finals, he is two games away from capturing his first NBA title, which can only mean his income off-the-court will only skyrocket should Miami win it all.
More from Forbes on James:
Business has only improved for James since he moved to the Heat. No sponsors have dropped him as they did with Tiger Woods when he faced a media firestorm. James added a watch deal with Audemars Piguet to his endorsement portfolio in April. His jersey was the NBA’s best seller this season and his latest Nike shoe is the No. 1 basketball sneaker on the market.
Now doesn’t that make you feel so much better as you toil in an office, hoping to make ends meet?