ESPN’s Skip Bayless Thinks Kobe Bryant is Overpaid

ESPN’s Skip Bayless Thinks Kobe Bryant is Overpaid


Coming into the 2012-13 NBA season, Kobe Bryant will be the highest paid player in the league with a salary of $27.8 million. The closest player next to Kobe on the highest paid list in the NBA is Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks with $20.9 million.

The rest of the names of the list aren’t much of a surprise with Carmelo Anthony ($20.5), Amar’e Stoudemire ($19.9) and Joe Johnson ($19.8) rounding out the top five. Fellow Lakers Dwight Howard ($19.5) and Pau Gasol ($19.0) come in at six and seven followed by Chris Paul ($17.8), LeBron James ($17.5), Chris Bosh ($17.5) and Dwyane Wade ($17.2).

It could be argued that a few names on the list above aren’t worth anything near their salary for the upcoming NBA season. The two names that stick out more than any are Stoudemire and Johnson. Neither player can justify their salaries moving forward, but will continue to be overpaid for the next three to four years.

Although it would be easy to make arguments for Johnson and Stoudemire as the most overpaid players in the league, ESPN analyst Skip Bayless makes his case for Kobe as a highly over compensated athlete for what he brings to the NBA and the Los Angeles Lakers:


  • Rene Zendejas

    Bayless is nothing but an attention whore!

  • Richard Quindara Balagot

    I read somewhere or heard, that Skip and Stephen A. are given positions to argue by their bosses and their encouraged to take radical stands.

  • Lakers Fan731

    lmao Skip Baseless thinks Tebow is a good QB, and Aaron Rodgers is overrated… Nothing new from this idiot. 

  • Guildtank

    As good as Kobe is in both basket sense and marketing sense, I do agree he is overpaid. At this stage of their respective careers, Lebron and Durant should get higher salary than Kobe. Don’t get me wrong, Kobe is still a top 5 player in the league, but his current salary correspond to a superstar who is still in his prime. IMHO, Kobe deserves about 16M/year currently.

    • Andydeelight

      Your Nuts! Basket sense your right he is declining could be payed less. However in a Marketing you need Mental HELP! You could put Kobe’s face and name on just about anything and it will sell. You could put him in the Cowboy’s stadium and there wouldn’t be a seat open. If Kobe was just payed on how Marketable he is, his salary would be well above what he is getting payed now!

  • 007

    Skip Bayless is a moron! Neither he nor Stephen A.-Hole know much about the major sports. Being loud and obnoxious never takes the place of being knowledgeable. 

  • Jun Catenza

    why focus on kobe’s salary  now when you are very much aware of the fact that his contract is not even has been agreed upon and signed a long time ago butthead!

  • Crystal

    Shut your mouth Skip, damn!