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Celtics Basketball: Who made more?

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Celtics Basketball: Who made more?

Earlier this summer, Kevin Garnett became the richest player in NBA history.

Of course, we're talking pure on-court earnings here. If we expand the conversation to outside income we'd have to factor in things like MJ's Nike money and Rashad McCants' acting career and at the point KG's a little out of his league.

But in terms of total NBA salary, no one's made more than Garnett, who's now in the books for a cool 328,562,398.

Shaq is second at 292,198,3273. Kobe Bryant is third at 279,738,062. And if you want to read more about the top 100 Moneymakers in NBA History, you can do so in this post from ProBasketballTalk as long as you're prepared to live in a world where David Lee has made more money playing basketball than Michael Jordan.

Anyway, after staring at the Top 100 list for a while, I've come up with an extremely stupid game:

Which former Celtic had the higher career earnings? (Source: Basketball Reference)

So the game is easy. I present you with two former Celtics, and you guess which guy made more money over the course of his career.

Answers are at the bottom.

1. Who made more: Acie Earl or Kedrick Brown?

Here are three Acie Earl basketball cards to help you think.

2. Ron Mercer or Rick Fox?

Remember, no counting the money Fox made doing this.

3. Dee Brown or Pervis Ellison?

I definitely wasn't watching the night Pervis turned into a zombie.

4. Vin Baker or Gary Payton?

Here are the two Sonics posing with the West squad at the 1998 All-Star Game. I see you, Nick Van Exel.

5. Raef LaFrentz or Wally Szczerbiak?

I can only find one picture of these two together on the "Internet." Fitting that it's a shot of Wally crumpled up in heap while Raef labors to bend down and lend a hand. (And Delonte contemplates what the hell he's got himself into.)

Answers:

1. Kedrick Brown's 7.2M > Acie Earl's 5.2M: I guess it makes sense that the No. 11 pick in 2001 would make more than the No. 19 pick in 1993. Especially since Brown played five seasons compared to Earl's four. I just wasn't sure if Earl's height had duped a general manager into another couple million dollars at the tail end of his career. Oh well. He'll always have April 12, 1996.

2. Ron Mercer 35.2M > Rick Fox 34.03M: In all my days, there are very few Celtics who I enjoyed watching shoot more than Mercer. Off a screen from 17 feet? He was automatic. So automatic that he parlayed that one skill into 35M over eight seasons in the league.
3. Dee Brown's 24.14M > Pervis Ellison's 24.05M: Barn burner! I would have guessed Pervis here because he was never nervous, and also because he was the No. 1 overall pick, a solid rebounder and active during a period of NBA history when Jim McIlvaine was worth 33M over seven years. No dice. Congrats, Dee.
4. Gary Payton's 104M > Vin Baker's 97M: I included this one because I figured everyone would guess Baker based on the commutative property of "Why would he include this question other than to make a point that Vin Baker earned more than Gary Payton?" Don't you feel better now?

5. Raef LaFrentz's 84.1M > Wally Szczerbiak's 74.4M: More depressing than the fact that LaFrentz and Szczerbiak made 158M between them? That combined total is still 7M less than what Jermaine O'Neal has made all by himself.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics streak comes to an end

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics streak comes to an end

0:41 - Tom Giles, Kayce Smith, and DJ Bean discuss the Celtics 16-game winning streak being snapped by the Miami Heat.

6:05 - Tom Curran and Mike Giardi talk about Tom Brady missing practice due to an Achilles injury and Randy Moss’ chances to make the Hall of Fame.

11:15 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the mental and physical fatigue that the streak had on the Celtics and if there is a sense of relief that the streak is over.  

16:11 - With it being the 5th anniversary of the Butt Fumble, we compare it to other embarrassing sports moments in history. 

Little things prove costly for Celtics as streak comes to an end

Little things prove costly for Celtics as streak comes to an end

When you reflect upon Boston’s 16-game winning streak which came to an end with Miami’s 104-98 win on Wednesday, there were moments in just about every game that played a major factor in their success.

So it was only fitting that in the Miami loss, it would be a whole lot of little things that ultimately brought the fourth-longest winning streak in franchise history to a screeching halt.

  • Al Horford missed a pair of free throws.
  • Marcus Smart split a pair that had he made both, would have tied the game up in the fourth quarter.
  • Jayson Tatum had his only turnover of the game, in the fourth.
  • Terry Rozier had a rebound that he could not corral and bounced off his hands out of bounds.

And that doesn’t even factor in the missed open shots and unforced turnovers that collectively played a major role in Boston’s winning streak being a thing of the past now.

“I turned it over, we missed some free throws . . . we had some unfortunate things happen,” Tatum told reporters following the loss.

MORE:

Even with the loss, the Celtics (16-3) still boast the best record in the NBA.

Kyrie Irving has elevated his all-around play to a level to where he’s legitimately in the conversation as a league MVP candidate.

Jayson Tatum has established himself as one of the league’s top rookies from his draft class.

“As you could see, they kept hitting us, hitting us, until we were knocked out,” Irving said. “They deserved that win tonight.”

Disappointed with the loss, but it was not at all surprising to head coach Brad Stevens who has been raising concerns about his team’s attention to detail for the past few games and sensed it would catch up to them sooner or later.

“I told you, we’re not as good as the 16-game win streak,” Stevens said. “But we do have a lot of resolve. I can’t say enough about our guy’s will to come back. It’s incredible we were able to erase that lead that quickly and give ourselves a chance.”

Indeed, the Celtics rallied from a double-digit deficit to come within a single point in the fourth quarter. But unlike previous games, Boston couldn’t find a path to victory.

“We’re just going to continue to learn and continue to get better,” Irving said. “It’s the same things echoed when we were winning. Just continue to get better and understand, there’s still a lot for us to accomplish going forward.

He added, “It was a good streak, and it’s finally come to an end.”

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