NBA: Exploring David Stern’s Campaign Against Bad Behavior

October 2nd, 2010 by ken park Leave a reply »
If you haven't heard already, commish David Stern is raising the financial penalty for technical fouls this year. In this post, I explore various aspects of this policy change.

1. Kobe Bryant makes an insane amount of money. Even though we all knew this already, staring at his $24 million salary is both awe-inspiring and vomit-inducing at the same time. If Kobe is paid year-round on a bi-weekly schedule (like most of us), he would collect roughly a $1-million check every other week (not like most of us). That would be the equivalent of winning the Illinois "Big Money Boogie" Lotto jackpot (which has 1 in 10,000,000 odds) every single month. Talk about convex returns to skill—this is it right here.

2. I don't know whether to laugh or cry at the fact that Dwight Howard will pay roughly as much in technical foul fines as the median U.S. family will earn in income over an entire year.  

3. Among the NBA's most temperamental bunch, the increase in league fines for technical fouls won't do jack sheit much at all. The table above shows how m ...

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