3. Kobe Bryant | Basketball

Salary/winnings: $27.9m Endorsements: $34m Total pay: $61.9m

Bryant narrowly beats rival James mainly down to his substantially larger salary paid by his team the Los Angeles Lakers. 

Named in the NBA all-stars team fourteen years straight, Basketball's Godfather has played his entire career in LA since the Lakers traded Vlade Divac for the "Black Mamba" back in 1996. 

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