CLEVELAND – Pride is at stake in the NBA Finals, which resume. So, too, is money.
The 2016 Playoff Pool is $15 million, proving the league has cone a long way since the 1951 NBA Playoffs, when players and coaches shared a $50,000 pool.
Here is the breakdown to what’s distributed to the teams, provided by the NBA:
Best overall record: $432,632.
Best record in conference: $757,106 ($378, 553 each).
Second-best record in conference: $608,526 ($304,263 each).
Third-best record in conference: $454,264 ($227,132 each).
Fourth-best record in conference: $357,002 ($178,501 each).
Fifth-best record in conference: $297,476 ($148,738 each).
Sixth-best record in conference: $202,894 ($101,447 each).
Teams participating in first round: $3,581,824 ($223,864 each).
Teams participating in the conference semifinals: $2,130,952 ($266,369 each).
Teams participating in the Conference Finals: $1,760,692 ($440,173 each).
Losing team NBA Finals: $1,760,210.
NBA Champion: $2,656,422.
The pool has grown by $1 million every other season since 2008, when it was set at $11 million.