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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Originally Posted by gandhi1007 Michael Jordan was paid between $3 and $5 million per season. The NBA had strict salary caps and MJ took pay cuts to surround himself with good talent before his 1st retirement. When the NBA lifted ...

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Old 02-14-2012, 07:01 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by gandhi1007 View Post
Michael Jordan was paid between $3 and $5 million per season. The NBA had strict salary caps and MJ took pay cuts to surround himself with good talent before his 1st retirement. When the NBA lifted the amount a player can make if resigning with his own team as a free agent, Jordan was paid $20 Million the first full season out of retirement and then $25 million each year after that for the bulls.

Like I said.....Jordan took pay cuts to keep talent on his team (and yes.....$3-$5 million/year was peanuts for Michael Jordan). It is a well known fact that he made most of his money on endorsements, like Nike & Gatorade.......not as a player.
According to Basketball Reference:
1984-85 - $550,000
1985-86 - $630,000
1986-87 - $737,500
1987-88 - $845,000
1988-89 - $2,000,000
1989-90 - $2,250,000
1990-91 - $2,500,000
1991-92 - $3,250,000
1992-93 - $4,000,000
1993-94 - $4,000,000
1994-95 - $3,850,000
1995-96 - $3,850,000
1996-97 - $30,140,000
1997-98 - $33,140,000


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Old 02-14-2012, 07:32 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by RockyMountainSaint View Post
According to Basketball Reference:
1984-85 - $550,000
1985-86 - $630,000
1986-87 - $737,500
1987-88 - $845,000
1988-89 - $2,000,000
1989-90 - $2,250,000
1990-91 - $2,500,000
1991-92 - $3,250,000
1992-93 - $4,000,000
1993-94 - $4,000,000
1994-95 - $3,850,000
1995-96 - $3,850,000
1996-97 - $30,140,000
1997-98 - $33,140,000


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Look at 1989-1996. Jordan was undoubtedly the best player in the NBA at that time. What were other star players in the league making? Here's a few examples of how Jordan was a team player:

Patrick Ewing (1995-1996) - $18,724,000.00/yr
David Robinson (1994-1995) - $7,300,000/yr.
Clyde Drexler (1995-1996) - $9,810,000/yr
Larry Bird (1991-1992) - $7,070,000/yr
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:54 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by gandhi1007 View Post
Michael Jordan was paid between $3 and $5 million per season. The NBA had strict salary caps and MJ took pay cuts to surround himself with good talent before his 1st retirement. When the NBA lifted the amount a player can make if resigning with his own team as a free agent, Jordan was paid $20 Million the first full season out of retirement and then $25 million each year after that for the bulls.

Like I said.....Jordan took pay cuts to keep talent on his team (and yes.....$3-$5 million/year was peanuts for Michael Jordan). It is a well known fact that he made most of his money on endorsements, like Nike & Gatorade.......not as a player.
Sorry gandhi... don't mean to bust your chops but you got all your facts wrong. In 1988, Michael Jordan signed a 25 million 8 year contract... which he was locked into. That's why he was being "underpaid"... not because he chose to take less money when the salary cap was lifted. That's why as soon as he could take advantage of it and cash in, he did... BIG TIME. It wasn't because the best player on the planet decided to be humble and make millions less than everyone else. The same can be said for Scottie Pippen... who was also locked into a long term deal early on in his career.

Now the second part of your statement some of it remains true... he built an empire but that's something we already knew.


Rookie deal
1984-85 - $550,000
1985-86 - $630,000
1986-87 - $737,500
1987-88 - $845,000
2nd contract
1988-89 - $2,000,000
1989-90 - $2,250,000
1990-91 - $2,500,000
1991-92 - $3,250,000
1992-93 - $4,000,000
1993-94 - $4,000,000
1994-95 - $3,850,000
1995-96 - $3,850,000
CHA-CHING
1996-97 - $30,140,000
1997-98 - $33,140,000

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Old 02-14-2012, 11:05 PM   #24
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He does play for free. He gets paid to practice.
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