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Team USA leader at the Tokyo Games, Kevin Durant intends to go for Olympic gold this summer. That being said, the Nets winger can already be considered a champion of the competition. He indeed sits there at the top of a completely crazy ranking!
If the disappointment in the playoffs must necessarily still weigh in his head, Kevin Durant can’t be distracted by this now. Absent from the 2019 World Cup following his big injury in the previous Finals, the double champion is this time on the trip to the Olympics in Japan. The goal is clear for the squad boss: the Olympic title or nothing, in view of the group formed by Gregg Popovich.
In passing, note that winning the Olympics would also be synonymous with a « small » financial bonus from the American Olympic Committee, since it pays 37,500 dollars to those who collect the most beautiful medals. A trifle however for most of the NBA stars, and especially for Durant… Indeed, as revealed by the economic magazine Forbes, the 2014 MVP is quite simply the highest paid athlete of the Games over the past year!
Among the highest paid athletes at the Olympics, many are famous Olympians or professional athletes. Topping the list is NBA star Kevin Durant, who earned $ 75 million last year. With two Olympic gold medals to his name, the Brooklyn Nets star has seen his investments off the field rival his prolific game.
With nearly $ 40 million in salary over the past season, it must be said that the Slim Reaper was already leaving with a definite advantage! However, with basketball benefiting from ever greater media coverage, his status as a superstar has also allowed him to build a certain credibility. As Forbes recalls, KD has also become a very active businessman, in addition to making absolutely brilliant investments :
Mr Durant became the league’s last media mogul, with the launch of his Boardroom media network, a stake in MLS’s Philadelphia Union and his own venture capital firm, 35 Ventures.
The highest paid sportsman of the Olympic Games is therefore none other than Kevin Durant. Proof that basketball has become a real economic stronghold, and that should continue in the years to come.