Number Crunching the NBA's Flop Fine on LeBron James
Don't worry, LeBron James can still afford to take his family on vacation this summer.
James was fined $5,000 by the NBA for violating the league's flopping policies in Game 4 of the Miami Heat's Eastern Conference finals matchup against the Indiana Pacers. His wallet is certainly lighter, but luckily for him, five grand isn't all that much of a hit for him to take.
The King is on the books for $17,545,000 this season and his fine equates to just 0.028 percent of his salary. To put that in perspective, Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida notes that is the equivalent of someone who earns $50,000 being fined $14.25.
LeBron makes $17.545 mil. Being fined $5,000 is 0.02849 percent of his salary. That's equivalent of one making $50,000 being fined $14.25.— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) May 30, 2013
In other words, this financial seizure won't force James to break open his piggy bank.
Still, James worked hard for that coin. He put in a lot of time to earn it, right?
Actually, it took him less time to pocket that green than you may think.
LeBron gets $5K flopping fine. Made $4,458 per in game MINUTE this season.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) May 30, 2013
James is one of the most diligent athletes in the game and he worked his tail off during everyone of those minutes, but that's still a handsome ratio. I'm thinking he'll be able to put dinner on the table.
And just because we're talking numbers, James has scored 2,364 points points this season (playoffs included), meaning he was paid $7,421.74 per point scored.
If only pick-up games paid that well.
His confiscated funds also amount to less than one half of the tax he paid on a 2011 Vegas bar tab.
In related news, no one does Sin City like LeBron.
As ESPN Darren Rovell notes, this a common problem in the NBA. Fines are the same no matter what, and it's hard to justify otherwise.
1 of the biggest problems leagues have is that fines are the same across the board. Hard to fine a guy more because he makes more.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) May 30, 2013
At the same time, we also must consider that Lance Stephenson was penalized five-thousand bones as well. He made $915,243 this season, so his fine accounts for a higher percentage of his salary (0.54 percent to be exact) than James'.
Of course the whole "if you can't pay the fine, don't flop next time" argument comes into play here, giving that previous argument little (if any) merit.
To be even more fair, Bleacher Report's own Jared Wade calculated James was worth roughly $65.7 million this season. His current salary accounts for just over a quarter of that.
Does that make this a tragedy? Absolutely not. Find solace in knowing that LeBron will be just fine.
Lance Stephenson will be too.
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