Top Retired NBA Players Who Now Do Regular Jobs

There are a great number of professional sports, but basketball could easily be one of the most lucrative and most stable in the United States. Normally basketball players can have a career of about 4.8 years, earning on average $5.2 million annually, which can easily sum up to $25 million throughout the player’s complete career. That is even more than in the case of some NFL players, but like any other sport of course there can be mishaps and unexpected bumps in the road. Some are even out of the game before they are 40, and making the transition into their everyday lives is not always easy. Being retired is not necessarily a godsend for most players, who are used to the routine, and on the other hand the financial aspect hits hard. Although some may have earned enough, or even make money on different products or marketing that they had gotten while playing. Usually you’ll see NBA players move on to coach or broadcast like Jason Kidd or Steve Kerr. Obviously not all of them can get a job in broadcasting, so they have to look elsewhere to make a living. Reason why today we come across many former NBA players that are working in fields that are completely unrelated, including all of the ones mentioned below. Some have become quite the businessmen, while other have pursued other passions or career paths altogether. But despite this, it is undeniable that they have all had to live the transition from the NBA to a regular job, without all of the perks that comes along with being an NBA player.

Maceo Baston

During his career he played in many different leagues, going from CBA in Italy and Spain, all the way to the NBA in 2002, where he played for the Raptors. After this he went back to Israel for three seasons and played for Maccabi Tel Aviv until 2006. After this he came back to the NBA for three years, two of them with the Indiana Pacers and one with the Toronto Raptors. Once he officially retired from the NBA, he moved back to Michigan with his wife and they opened “Taste Love Cupcakes”, that has won prizes and starred on shows like Cupcake Wars. He jokes saying that he dedicates most of his time to the tasting instead of the baking, but nevertheless his new business has definitely been successful.

Karl Malone

This Hall of Famer has many achievements that make hi remembered to basketball fans all over the world. In the business world he is no less successful, where he takes a hands on approach in all of the business he takes part in, which can easily add up to over a dozen. A clear example of this is when he hauls around timber himself on the property he owns where he harvests trees. He also is known for loving log-truck hauling, saying it gives him time to think. But that’s not all, he also hosts a radio show on ESPN, but did this without accepting a salary.

Mark Blount

The long list of teams he played center for speaks for itself and once he retires he went into the franchising business like many other former pro-athletes. Like Shaquille O’Neal, this center now owns two Auntie Anne’s pretzel franchise in West Palm Beach in South Florida.

Bryant Reeves

His early retirement from the NBA due to his chronic back issues came at the age of 27, six years after starting. Though his career got cut short because of the injury he did sign a well-worth contract that left him with $61 million after his best season in 1997-98. After his NBA career he went on to buy a 300-acre cattle ranch in Oklahoma, where he also built a full basketball court and a 15,000 square-foot home.  

Vin Baker

His career ended unfortunately because of alcoholism problems, despite being a four-time All-Star. In an attempt to rebuild his life, he is now a minister at his father’s church and was even working at Starbucks in Rhode Island, where he was working his way up to become the manager. At the end he is proof that despite the difficulties he has had in his personal life, he is able to pick up the pieces and rebuild his life.

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Adrian Dantley

His 15-year career in the NBA led him to the Hall of Fame with over 23,000 points in seven different teams. Dantley is now a part-time crossing guard in Silver Spring, Maryland. He states that he is simply filling his time, while helping others, and he didn’t want to sit around the house all day. Although the job only pays $14,000 per year, he says it’s worthwhile to help out the kids.