Jul 17, 2014 3:36 AM GMT
Zaire Taylor, who is from Staten Island, played at Missouri but went undrafted. He has a deal next year to play and be an assistant coach in London.
NYT: It turns out the can’t-miss star who misses the N.B.A. can make a fair living in Algiers, or in Halifax, Canada. The economics of professional basketball would draw a smile of recognition from Marie Antoinette. Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Deron Williams and Kevin Durant live in the $20-million-per-year Versailles suites. The dukes and barons, the Chandler Parsonses and the Tyson Chandlers, make a bit less. J. R. Smith and his $6 million contract occupy the middle class. Working-class guys like Pablo Prigioni and Shane Larkin make less than $2 million a year.
Then you walk into the Gauchos gym on Gerard Avenue in the Bronx, where the Entertainers Basketball Classic tournament at Rucker Park migrates when it rains. You find Taylor, that whirling dervish, who while at the University of Missouri was a tough loss removed from the Final Four. Last winter he was the most valuable player of the Worcester Wolves, and he recently jumped to the London Lions.
Carmelo Anthony makes a touch under $60,000 a day. Taylor might have made that much last year.