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.
Vin Baker – Starbucks Manager
Vin Baker had an incredible 13-year NBA career. Sadly, he lost his fortune in retirement after a battle with alcoholism. Today, Baker works as a manager at Starbucks and is a minister at his father’s church.
Baker knows how working at a Starbucks might look to people on the outside, but has come to terms with that, saying, “I was an alcoholic, I lost a fortune. I had a great talent and lost it. For the people on the outside looking in, they’re like ‘Wow.’ For me, I’m 43 and I have four kids. I have to pick up the pieces.”