After making millions of dollars in the NBA, retirement offers the league’s brightest stars the ability to start a second life. Some, like Shaq and Charles Barkley, can’t stay out of the spotlight and move into television. Others take their money and invest in more normal careers. Going from NBA stalwart to sports bar owner is a big transition, but one that Shawn Kemp is happy he made. Shandon Anderson took his talents to the kitchen, where he has become a successful vegetarian chef! Their stories are incredible, and so are the rest of the NBA stars on this list.
Shawn Kemp – Sports Bar Owner
Shawn Kemp had a successful 14-year career in the NBA. He was a six-time all-star and was named All-NBA Second Team three times. After he retired in 2003, he stepped away from the court, but couldn’t leave his love of the game behind, and opened Oskar’s Kitchen in Seattle.
The sports bar located in the Pacific Northwest was a daring endeavor for the NBA star. He ran the business for as long as he could afford rent. In 2015, Kemp was forced to close the bar’s doors. Today, Kemp still works in hospitality as a part owner of Amber’s Kitchen in Seattle.