Even at 36 years old, LeBron James is in the discussion as the best player currently in the NBA, which is why it’s usually not a good idea for gamblers to bet against the player known as “King James.” It’s probably an even worse idea for James’ teammates to bet against the four-time NBA MVP because they have to be around him every day.
That is a lesson that Lakers guard Dennis Schröder learned the hard way when he bet against James in the middle of a game early this season. As you might expect, the bet didn’t go well for Schröder.
LeBron James and Dennis Schröder on the Lakers
Schröder is a new addition to the Lakers this season. He spent his first five seasons in the NBA on the Hawks, then two seasons with the Thunder, who traded him to the Lakers in November.
Going to the Lakers meant he was going to James’ team; James is in his third season with the team after signing with LA as a free agent prior to the 2018-19 season.
Schröder has played decently in his first 15 games with the team. He has averaged 14.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per contest — which are all above his career averages in the categories.
Dennis Schröder bets against LeBron James during a game
It was a game against the Rockets earlier this month that was the setting for Schröder’s infamous bet against his teammate, as Insider explains. The Lakers had a 21-point lead in the second quarter, and with the game virtually in hand for his team Schröder decided to make things a little more interesting.
James caught a pass in the corner, and right in front of his team’s bench, set up to take a shot. With James within earshot, Schröder quickly wagered that his teammate wouldn’t make the shot, acknowledging after the game that he “told him to bet a Benjamin on it, so he shot it.”
As James took the shot, he looked toward the Lakers’ bench, staring at Schröder, and he was still glaring at his teammate as the ball went through the net.
James admitted after the game that he accepted the wager while taking the shot, explaining that “a bet isn’t official until you look a man in the eye, so I had to look him into the eye, and I was able to win that one.”
Winning that bet earned James $100 from Schröder. James made sure to rub it in his teammate’s face a bit on Instagram, tagging Schröder on a video of the shot with the caption “good bet.”
The bet doesn’t affect either player’s net worth
No matter who won the bet, winning or losing the $100 in the wager wouldn’t have had a significant impact on either player’s bank account because they’re both multimillionaires. Obviously, James is one of the highest-paid players in the league.
He’s making more than $39 million this season, and a two-year extension kicks in next season that will pay him more than $85 million. Between the money he’s made in the NBA — more than $300 million — and his endorsements and other business ventures, Celebrity Net Worth estimates that James’ net worth is $500 million.
Schröder isn’t at James-level of wealth, but he’s not hurting for money. He’s in the final year of the four-year deal he signed with the Hawks in 2016 that had a total value of $70 million, earning him $16 million this season. Market Realist estimates that he has a net worth of nearly $39 million.
All stats courtesy of Basketball Reference
All contract info courtesy of Spotrac