To put it mildly, I am not an NBA fan.
In fact, anyone desiring to torture me, who has done their homework, knows that one of the best ways would be to tie me up and make me watch the NBA playoffs. Good Lord they never end. And when they do it’s time for training camp.
Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating, but really, not by all that much.
Nonetheless, I would watch Oklahoma City, if they were still around — I said I’m not a fan, I’m just not oblivious and playoffs, even the NHL usually trumps Major League Baseball when it comes to national sports talk.
Why Oklahoma City? Kevin Durant. Anyone who would drop $1 million in relief aid — not that big of a fan of who will be administering it — for the tornado victims in the Moore and OKC area is a true humanitarian in my book.
I am a Bon Jovi fan, as many of you know, and Jon and some other rockers were celebrated for the concert they held to benefit the victims of Super Storm Sandy, and maybe they should have been. But I have always felt lending you name, or talent to an effort isn’t the same as using your own money.
Now before some of you start that it’s easy for a guy like Durant to drop $1 million and not miss it, let me then tell you that your part is over $2,000.
I figured that someone smarter than yours truly, or at least with more time to devote to it, would compute in real terms what Durant’s gift meant, so thank you Kevin Lincoln and www.buzzfeed.com.
Citing Mitchell Halpern, the director of Sports and Entertainment Accounting Services at O’Connor & Drew in Boston, Lincoln assumed the combined league maximum salary and his endorsement, Durant is making $25.5 million or so, putting him in the highest tax bracket.
Long story short, the $1 million is costing him, after a tax credit, about $610,000, though it should be noted but the administrator got the full $1 million.
To put Durant’s donation into the common man terms, or at least more so, based on the portion of the income Durant actually saw, Lincoln says would be the equivalent of a person pulling down $50,000 — the 25 percent tax bracket — who writes a donation check for $2,000 or who raises that amount.
There are plenty of people around here making $50,000, which Lincoln says is the national median. Heck, given the amount of public information available I would be willing someone could put together a good size list of those making twice that.
Several years ago I wrote a column on Bryant "Big Country" Reeves after witnessing Reeves sign autographs for kids in a Fort Smith restaurant. Reeves’ actions made me a personal fan but not an NBA fan. Durant will not make me an NBA fan either.
But he has made me a Twitter follower. Me and 4.1 million or so other people.