Who said Kobe Bryant and other superstars aren't taking a big enough role in the NBA lockout? Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times spoke to Billy Hunter, the director of the National Basketball Players Association, about the course of the lockout and the players' preparation. Included in that talk is a mighty interesting tidbit about what Kobe and other unnamed stars have agreed to do if the lockout cuts into the regular season and players start missing paychecks. Here's Hunter:
I know Kobe is intimately involved in interfacing with colleagues and sharing in a pool of revenue to help the others get through this. Kobe has volunteered to do that in the event others need, he and others are prepared to loan money if necessary.
So if Chris Kaman spends all of his rainy day fund on ammunition and spatzle, Kobe will be ready to help pay the rent. If you're of the mind that lockout could stretch into January and threaten the entire season, you should consider this about the most impactful contribution Kobe can make to the union's cause. No matter how prepared Hunter says the players are, there will be a few pushing for resolution at all costs just to get their checks.