How Warriors stars' shoe deals pale in comparison to Michael Jordan

How Warriors stars' shoe deals pale in comparison to Michael Jordan

Steph Curry and Klay Thompson went off the beaten path when it came to their kicks. 

The Splash Brothers have shoe-endorsement deals with Under Armour and Anta, respectively, and their respective successes with the Warriors have, at the very least, made fans realize that yes, those companies do make basketball shoes. Curry and Thompson pull in plenty of pretty pennies for their sneaker choices but, as Kurt Badenhausen's story for Forbes on Tuesday showed, it's still Michael Jordan's world and everyone else in the NBA is just living in it. 

While Curry ($20 million a year, per Forbes) and Thompson ($9 million) make a lot on their current shoe deals, they both pale in comparison to Jordan ($130 million). Jordan, currently the Charlotte Hornets' chairman, has not played in an NBA game since April 16, 2003. 

The closest shoe endorsee to Jordan is LeBron James ($32 million), and the Los Angeles Lakers star is further away from His Airness' shoe crown than his claim as the greatest basketball of all time. In fact, the next six-closest earners -- James, Kevin Durant ($26 million), Curry, Kobe Bryant ($16 million), James Harden ($14 million) and Zion Williamson ($13 million) -- combine to make $9 million fewer per year from their sneaker deals than Jordan. 

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Being behind Jordan is not all bad -- or, bad at all, frankly -- for them, considering the sums we're talking about here. But it's a reminder that the stardom of full-blown superstars like Curry and Thompson still pales in comparison to Jordan. 

Everyone else still is just trying to be like Mike. 

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 124-122 overtime loss to Knicks

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 124-122 overtime loss to Knicks


SAN FRANCISCO -- In the battle of the worst teams in the NBA, the Warriors came up short.

In their latest effort -- a 124-122 overtime loss to the dysfunctional Knicks (5-20) at Chase Center -- the Warriors (5-21) were bullied from the start as New York built a 22-point first-half lead. 

For much of the season, Golden State's veteran core has been warned that these types of starts will not end in its favor, considering the Warriors' lack of talent. On Wednesday, the team didn't take heed to the message, losing their second straight game. 

Here are the takeaways.

Warriors get bullied early

Bad starts have been the norm for this iteration of the Warriors and Wednesday was no different. Through the first 24 minutes, the Knicks built an 18-point halftime lead as Julius Randle, Marcus Morris Sr., and rookie RJ Barrett scored 44 points combined through the first two quarters.

The Warriors responded after halftime, outscoring the Knicks 37-21 over a stretch in the second half and showed the effort they should have put forth at the beginning of the game. D'Angelo Russell sent the game into overtime with a late 3-pointer.

In previous years, with a star-studded roster, Golden State could afford such starts with Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson looming in the wings. Now, with a younger cast, these types of starts can't happen. 

Solid game from Draymond Green

In a season he's not expected to score, Green did just that Wednesday evening, finishing with 14 points in 34 minutes. 

Playing mostly point forward role, he grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 12 assists, helping Russell and Glenn Robinson reach double figures. With three minutes left in regulation, Green found Russell for a 3-pointer to bring the Warriors within two points. On the next possession, he grabbed a rebound, found Russell again, leading to another score to tie the game. 

This year has been a trying one for the three-time champion as he's trading wins for lessons, putting his arms around the young roster. But as he showed, Wednesday, he's still got some game. 

Eric Paschall rookie wall?

Sure looks like it after his latest output. In 17 minutes, Paschall finished with just six points on 2-of-6 from the field. Entering Wednesday, he was one of the best rookies in the league. However, he's shooting just 39 percent from the field over his last three games as a hip injury is impeding his progress. 

In Wednesday's loss, he was battered, frequently grimacing, even after jamming his hand. 

No matter how good Paschall was at the start of the season, a rookie wall was inevitable. His response in the coming days will be vital.

Watch rehabbing Klay Thompson hit half-court shot at Chase Center

Watch rehabbing Klay Thompson hit half-court shot at Chase Center

Klay Thompson has yet to play a game at Chase Center, but on Wednesday night, he was seen shooting on the Warriors' new home court.

Prior to the Warriors' game against the Knicks, Thompson spent a few minutes shooting and even nailed a half-court shot.

A day earlier, the All-Star shooting guard was seen shooting after Warriors practice.

Thompson is rehabbing from surgery on his left ACL and is still months away from returning to game action.

With the Warriors mired in a 5-20 season, fans will take all the positive developments they can get.

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We'll be honest: It's good to see Klay's sweet stroke again.