Tonight will be staged the final of the first In-Season Tournament. The NBA, as an incentive for players to get involved, has raffled off some CASH PRIZES for each of the winning athletes.
Each element of the team that triumphs tonight in Las Vegas will take home $500k. An exorbitant sum for “mere mortals” but one that pales in comparison to NBA salaries. Many athletes, however, have emphasized the amount of the prize, seeing it as a valuable incentive to play seriously.
D’Angelo Russell of the Los Angeles Lakers has stated that he will spend that money on his vacation.
The growth of the game has meant that there is a lot more money involved than in the past. An award like that gives you the opportunity to have paid summer vacations or those during the break for the All Star Game. In fact, you can probably pay for two summers of vacation with that money.
Statements like these are causing much discussion among fans and fueling the old debate, in vogue more on this side of the Atlantic than in the United States, about the immorality of professional athletes’ excessive earnings.