Kobe Bryant had the highest salary in the NBA for the second straight year during the 2011-12 season. His 25.2 million salary was shaved by almost 5 million as the NBA lockout reduced the number of games by 20%. Bryant's net worth took a hit when he and his wife, Vanessa, announced plans to divorce in December. Vanessa took possession of the couple's three mansions in Newport Beach, Calif. that are worth a combined 18.8 million, according to property records.
Though the great results he’s making in the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant haven’t yet got the sympathy of a lot of analysts and fans. Among the reasons that still avert him from winning that affection, first because some believe that Kobe’s imitation of Michael Jordan lacks originality, second some point to his well-publicized rift with Shaquille O’Neal when the 2 were playing for the Lakers. While others, couldn’t forget his 2003 legal troubles and the 2012 divorce.