"Show me the money!"
Fictional wide receiver Rod Tidwell bluntly stated the importance of obtaining fat contracts. While some athletes consider money just a piece of the puzzle, others prioritize it as their primary motivation.
Sports history is littered with teams throwing cash at players in hopes of winning championships. Certain franchises have consistently been able to buy success (NY Yankees), whereas others have been left with trophy cases as empty as their wallets (NY Knicks).
As the major sports industry has flourished, player contracts have grown exponentially larger and now regularly exceed $100 million, especially in the NBA. Though you would think owners would only be willing to spend that type of money on surefire superstars, they have repeatedly taken risks on questionable guys that haven't panned out. In fact, it's often a crapshoot whether signees end up being worth the investment.
Kobe Bryant has probably merited every penny the Lakers paid in giving him a 7 year $136 million contract in 2004. On the other hand, there are countless examples of players who didn't deserve deals anywhere near what they got.
Here, those overpaid, undeserving bandits will be exposed.
They've made a whopping $1.95 BILLION dollars and a meager 9 All-Star games combined. With that money, you could buy over 8,000 Lamborghini Gallardos, send over 12,000 kids through Harvard, enjoy Lakers courtside seats for over 20,000 seasons, and collect over 15 million pairs of Nike Hyperdunks.
Professional snooker player James Wattana might have said it best: "I don't want to be a superstar. I just want to make superstar money." Well these 25 ballers got it right.
I formally present the worst contract signings in NBA history.