Opposition fans love to hate LeBron James – and the king was at the end of some malicious will at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
James was subjected to some cold-blooded mockery by the faithful Hawks as they fought with his Lakers on Wednesday.
The Lakers fought this season even after James left Cleveland to create a West Coast shop, and Atlanta supporters wanted the star to know he would never be in the same league as the LA Kobe Bryant icon.
When LeBron stepped into the free throw line in the first quarter, fans tried to reduce it to size, chanting: "Kobe is better."
To give the crowd to Atlanta an even greater cause for joy, James missed his shot from the charity strip.
This is not the first time a Lakers player has been subjected to some fierce snowshoe lately. Last week the third year ahead, Brandon Ingram was a target for Indiana fans when Pacers destroyed LA 136-94.
As commercial rumors surrounded New Orleans dropping out Anthony Davis before the deadline last Friday, it was reported that the Lakers were following him and were willing to trade players and give up their projects to get their man.
A chanting sounded around the stadium when Ingram stepped to the free throw line, saying, "LeBron will sell you."
But James has 125 million reasons to smile, no matter what those in the peanut gallery say about him after he has been confirmed as the highest paid NBA player for the fifth consecutive year with $ 125 million profit, according to a list of Forbes.
Of this amount, $ 74.7 million was made out of court.
Golden Star's teammates Stephen Curry, $ 112 million, and Kevin Durant, $ 91.5 million, ranked second and third.
Oharmama City thunder guards Russell Westbrook, $ 75.7m, and Houston Rockets security James Harden, $ 66.8m, rounding the top five. James's non-pay earnings include lucrative deals with Nike, Coca-Cola and Beats By Dre as well as earnings from his Hollywood production company, SpringHill Entertainment, and his investment in Blaze Pizza. Forbes estimated James's net worth of 634 million dollars.
The top ten NBA employees will make approximately $ 761 million in 2019 from salaries, approvals, appearances, fees, and media transactions. This is an increase of more than $ 253.6 million from the top 10 winners five years ago, according to Forbes.
This shows that NBA players are increasingly looking to build their own brands and companies to make even more money.
James, Curry and Durant said they were doing more than the court than their salaries in the NBA.
Chris Paul of Houston ranks sixth, and Giannis Antetoquanpo of Milwaukee, Damien Lillard or Portland, Blair Griffin of Detroit and Paul George of Oklahoma City are also the top 10.