Russell Westbrook was paid a salary of $US28.3 million for the 2017 – 2018 NBA season, with the only bad news in that occasion is that with his team in the playoffs, Westbrook is playing more games for the same money.
The NBA regular season is 82 games, so using our trusty brains (desk calculator, actually) we were able to calculate that if he played in all 82 games, he would be paid $US345,114 per game.
So, when he was fined $10,000 for his role in a confrontation with Utah Jazz big Rudy Gobert, Westbrook had to ask the league if it had change for a $100,000 bill.
That is not true, actually, the largest denomination of U.S. currency in circulation is $100. Westbrook had the necessary 100 $100 bills stashed in the sole of his street shoes.
That is not true, either. The Oklahoma Thunder that pays Westbrooks’ salary will just withhold the $10,000 from Westbrook’s next $345,114 paycheck and it is entirely likely that Westbrook will not even notice.
The Utah side won game four of the series 113 – 96.
Obviously, Westbrook will be seeking some overtime to make up the shortcoming, but he can always get a part-time job over the break.
Utah is looking to move ahead, with Aussie Joe Ingles hoping to contribute and help his team to advance.
Another Australian, Patty Mills, is already resting up for next season, as his San Antonio Spurs were dispatched 99 – 91 by the Golden State Warriors, so the ranks of Australia NBA players has been thinned by one.
Thon Maker and Matthew Dellavedova are still alive with the Milwaukee Bucks versus the Boston Celtics, but only barely, as the Celtics can eliminate Delly and Thon with a victory in game six of the best-of-seven series.
That game will be coming along shortly, and will result either in an advance to the next round by the Celtics, or a game seven at a time to be determined, if the game is necessary.