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Monday, September 19th, 2011 at 9:15 am  |  37 responses

Kobe Bryant Ready to Loan NBA Players Money During Lockout


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.’”

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  • relle

    Where do I apply??

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    BANK OF BEAN.

  • bike

    Wonder what the interest rate Kobe will charge. A very generous move on Kobe’s part. I would hate to see some player lose his strip club membership.

  • jake

    Id hate to see the thug KB8 pays to break people’s knees. Then again, he could just send his wife!

  • http://nba.com GP23

    How broke are some of these fringe players in the NBA? They surely can’t be struggling that bad, that they need a fellow player to help them out..really??

  • Double J

    and the unfrozen caveman lawyer has finally thawed with his bank of bean bit… righteous.

  • EtheKnickfan

    From the Mamba emerges a Shark.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Penalty for late payements? Your wrist gets broken in church!

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Look out! It’s a MAMBA SHARK!

  • http://nba.com GP23

    I’m waiting for the “This is why Kobe is the best, did Jordan do this?” comment.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    This is why Kobe is the best, did Jordan do this?

  • jimmythesaint67

    @Jake hahaha ouch
    Propers to the guys whose massive contracts and those with huge agent fees for backing up their Humanity .. greed for Good .. *sigh*

  • Jason Heartly

    LMBAO @ JTAYLOR21!!!!

    I have a hard time feeling sympathy for guys who (worst case scenario) will be multi-millionaires by next year this time at the latest, lol.

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    Its not that hard to lose millions of bucks guys.
    Just buy ten ferrari and 12 mansions.
    You will be broke faster then you know.
    Plus most of these guys support half their family.
    Its easier to spend money then to earn money.

  • bike

    Jimmer Fredette has already signed up. Anticipating the season starting on time, he already has 8 wives and half of them are expecting.

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    DAMN TAYLOR, I ALMOST FORGOT ABOUT CHURCH WRIST THING. ANYTHING NEW COME FROM THAT???

  • jayb

    intersting..very gernerious..now kobe plays jamie dimon? i would think he would at least charge the repo rate and what collateral will these supposed broke players use??
    dan gilbert should have his franchise revoked and we end this!!!!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Didn’t Kobe do a commercial with Danny Trejo? I’m sure Machete wouldn’t mind breaking a few knees and wrists to get Kobe’s money back.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    LONG… LIVE… THE KING.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Can he loan me some money? And loan is a euphemism for “give.”

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Did you see that movie Enig? It was awesome haha. Hobo With A Shotgun is pretty cool to. Check that out if you like grindhouse style at all.

  • Everynowhere

    WOW. THIS IS GONNA BE A LONG LOCKOUT. thanks a lot kobe

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Seen bits and pieces.

  • seriousblack

    Pretty cool. I think the wealthier players and recent vets who are really wealthy should help create a fund with Kobe. Loaning money to help younger guys pay bills throughout the lockout is a real serious show of unity to the owners. I still can’t see why a lot of players would need the help though. This lockout has been brewing for two years so everyone should already have been prepared financially to lose at least a full season. The loan thing should be more of show of unity than anything.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    If you’ve got money issues and your in the NBA you’ve got spending issues. Buy 1 less sports car, and one less mansion and then you won’t need to borrow money.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    how horrid athletes are with their money is one of the most ridiculous things about professional sports. absolutely crazy that these people can’t find a way to live a sustainable lifestyle. I’m not saying I’m surprised or anything like that, i’ve known for a long time how bad they are, but it is just ridiculous.

  • http://www.youtube.com/realosophy realosophy

    @Max What Kobe doing is cool, but you asking did Jordan do this?? When MJ came back for Wizards he donated his entire year salary to victims of 9/11 charity. Do your homework!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    First of all, I’m pretty sure Max was being sarcastic as a result of the previous comment before his.
    Second of all, what MJ did that year was great, no doubt.
    But you know, his NBA salary that season was probably about 1/50th of his combined endorsement deals that year.
    Not saying he should’ve given more, just saying let’s not all act like dude was playing for free, cause he wasn’t.

  • Barry Bowser

    Hahaha I jus think its hilarious to picture these so-called “Big Baller Shot Caller’s” pulling a Mc Hammer LOL Smh

  • http://slamonline.com Neitel

    slithering shark!! lol

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    If you’ve tied up your 3-4 million post-tax over the last couple of years in real estate or fixed-term investments it’s not insane to think you won’t have $10-25,000 laying around to pay for your personal trainer, dietician, travel and accommodation stuff that your team pays for if the lockout starts to eat into the season. Most of this stuff will be liquidity issues, not savings issues.

  • Yesse

    So, who is Kobe’s loan shark? Shaq?

  • EJ

    Shaq’s gonna go undercover as Tanya, if somebody is refusing to pay up.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Being horrible with your money is an American tradition.
    There would be no housing bubble and credit bubble if Americans, as a whole, weren’t horrible with their money. There would have been no Great Depression either.
    It’s not athletes, it’s people. It’s a human failing.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    It’s a humankind tradition^^ America is no worse than some other countries as far as spending and saving goes.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Being bad with a small amount of money (like the vast majority of the world) is different then being horrible with 40x as much money as the average person makes in their lifetime…..yearly. Most people who earn exorbedent amounts of money save and invest, then they’re kids and they’re kids kids have “family money”…

  • K

    These people make millions and cant manage there money well enough to make it last longer than a year

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