NBA players earn millions of dollars over the course of their careers, but at some point, they have to retire. Some can’t stay out of the spotlight, while others are able to start a quiet second life. Some have managed to find stable employment and own businesses that have no connection to sport, while others have a connection to the sport they loved so much. Their stories are incredibly interesting.
Here’s a list of NBA stars who have steady jobs.
1. Shawn Kemp – Sports bar owner
Shawn Kemp has been in the NBA for fourteen years. He has had a successful career. He is a six-time All-Star. He was also named to the All-NBA second team three times during his basketball career. Shawn retired in 2003. When he left the basketball court, he opened Oskar’s Kitchen in Seattle. Oskar’s Kitchen is located in the Pacific Northwest. Shawn operated this business for a while but was forced to close it in 2016. Currently, he still works in the hospitality industry, but as co-owner of Amber’s Kitchen in Seattle.
2. LaRue Martin – Community Service Manager for UPS
LaRue Martin was the first overall pick in the 1972 NBA draft. At the time, he was full of potential, but four years into his career, it began to dry up. Soon after, he was out of the league and had to earn a living somehow. He decided to take a starting job with UPS. LaRue was very patient with his work, and it paid off in the end. He was appointed director of community services in 2005. He is also a board member of the National Basketball Retired Players Association.
3. Vin Baker – Director of Starbucks
After spending an incredible 13 years in the NBA, Vin Baker lost all of his fortunes in retirement to alcoholism. Thankfully, the alcoholism is behind him and he now works as a manager at Starbucks and is also a pastor at his father’s church. Working at Starbucks may not be appealing to most people, as Vin knows, but it’s not a problem for him. Baker understands that he was an alcoholic and lost a fortune because of it. So, it took his talent desperately. Because he is a family man with four children at the age of 43, it makes sense for him to pick up the broken pieces of his life.
4. Tim Duncan- MMA
Tim Duncan’s retirement could easily be considered the strangest of all. Although it could be considered just a hobby to train to be MMAs, his coach says he has great potential, even calling him a “monster” and “legitimate contender”. While waiting for a career in MMA, Tim runs the BlackJack Speed Shop. It’s an auto repair shop he started in 2013. When Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017, he helped deliver needed supplies to victims.
5. Mark Blount – Auntie Anne’s Franchisee
Mark Blount joined the NBA in 1997. He made his debut with the Celtics in 2001. He retired in 2009 after an unspectacular career. After retiring, he invested in two Auntie Anne’s Pretzel shops. He bought them. He’s one of those stars who love shops like Auntie Anne’s. Others, like Shaq, also own such businesses. Next time you go to the mall, try to find out who runs the business. You might be pleasantly surprised.