STARS' SALARIES: SWISH!

A RUN OF HUGE CONTRACTS GIVES THE TOP PLAYERS A TALLER PORTION OF THE N.B.A.'S EVER RICHER REVENUES

The price is $123 million for seven years--call it sticker Shaq. That's what the Los Angeles Lakers will pay Shaquille O'Neal to leave the Orlando Magic and play basketball on the left coast. "I am a military child," said O'Neal, son of an Army sergeant. "I'm used to relocating." The Shaq's signing capped a frenetic week that reshaped the rosters of many National Basketball Association teams and marked a radical shift in the way team owners spend money. When the music stopped, the owners had agreed to dole out more than $600 million to try to buy themselves a championship. Or...

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