According to Billy Hunter, head of the Players Association, Kobe Bryant is among those ready to hand out loans to NBA players struggling financially in the event of a prolonged lockout. From an LA Times Q&A: “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.’”