25 Facts About Pro Athlete Salaries That'll Turn You Into a Hater

Jerome James once earned $5.8 million for playing five minutes.

Allan Houston, Eddy Curry, Amar'e Stoudemire have all crippled the Knicks on the court and within the salary cap, but at least they were awarded with contracts based on a prior history of strong performances. Jerome James had exactly two good playoff series before the Knicks threw a five-year, $30 million contract at him. He battled through injuries and overall poor play, but in the 2008- 2009 season, he picked up a $5.8 million check for playing a grand total of five minutes.

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