Jose Calderon is not a billionaire, but don’t tell the Cavs that

Although he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in February, Channing Frye’s impact on the Cleveland Cavaliers can still be felt, in the form of one of the team’s most cherished inside jokes.

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Frye, who even by NBA player standards spends an inordinate amount of time on his phone scrolling through social media, came across an unexpected Google search result. Cleveland’s 36-year-old backup point guard was listed as the heir to a $2.2 billion fortune, thanks to his father’s stake in a Coca-Cola bottling company named FEMSA.

It didn’t take long for Frye’s discovery to spread throughout the team. And the Cavs shared the story far better than they were sharing the basketball on the court during their early-season doldrums.205

“Everybody was talking about that,” Cavs rookie Cedi Osman said. “Everybody. EVERYBODY. He makes a play and it’s like, ‘Nice job, man … $2.2 billion … that’s great.'”

The NBA is one of those rare businesses where everybody knows how much their co-workers make, down to the last dollar and cent. Add in the competitive nature of the entire operation, with players trying to brand themselves in order to maximize earnings through their side hustles, and it’s only natural to think that a 13-year journeyman like Calderon having outlier affluence like that would breed fascination.

The problem is, it’s not true.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

“It’s not,” Calderon said. “I wish. I wish I could say, ‘Yeah, it is true. …’ But, no, no, no. No, it’s not.”

The actual billionaires are brothers named Jose and Francisco Jose Calderon Rojas. They are Mexican. Calderon is Spanish.

Kevin Love once shot down a trade rumor by quoting Winston Churchill’s maxim: “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put his pants on.”