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Forbes: LeBron James Top Earning NBA Player

LeBron James has his Cavs up 2-1 in the most important series of his basketball career. The dude is locked in mentally. He is keeping most of his thoughts to himself, the only time he shows true emotion is in the game. James is on a mission.

He needs this NBA Championship, and he wants it more than anything. He has done it all in his career and has made a lot of money while doing it.

According to Forbes, James is again the highest earning NBA player and ranks sixth overall among athletes in the world. Kevin Durant (no.7) and Kobe Bryant (no.10) round out the top 10 on the list.

In total, 18 NBA players made this year’s Top 100 on Forbes.

The 100 highest-paid athletes made $3.2 billion in total over the last 12 months, up 17% from the prior year. The entry point jumped to $18.8 million from $17.3 million with Houston Rockets guard James Harden grabbing the last spot. The top 100 includes athletes from 10 sports. Baseball is the most prevalent with 27 MLB players making the cut.

LeBron James is the NBA’s top-earning player and ranks sixth among all athletes at $64.8 million. James is the first NBA player to appear in five straight NBA Finals since the Boston Celtics dynasty of the 1960s. The four-time MVP returned to Cleveland in July 2014 when he signed a two-year, $42.1 million contract after four seasons in Miami. James inked the shorter deal, instead of a richer four-year pact, so he could be a free agent again in 2016 when the NBA’s new $24 billion TV deals kick in and send the salary cap soaring.

James added Kia Motors last year to his endorsement portfolio, which already included Nike, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Samsung, Beats by Dre, Upper Deck, Tencent and Audemars Piguet. Sales of his signature Nike shoes were tops among active players at $340 million in the U.S. during 2014, according to research firm SportsOneSource, and his Cavs jersey was also the NBA’s best seller.

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