Imagine beating the odds and coming from humble beginning to make to the highest pinnacle of fame and everything isn’t what you always thought it would be. 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, Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, & Charles Barkley, can’t stay out of the spotlight and move on to the next phase of their career into television. Others take their money and invest in more normal careers. Here are some of the most interesting stories are incredible.
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, open a 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.
LaRue Martin – Community Services Manager For UPS
LaRue Martin was full of potential when he was taken with the first overall pick in the 1972 NBA Draft. Four years into his career, however, his potential dried up and Martin was out of the league. Needing a way to make a living, Martin took an entry-level job at UPS.
Mark Blount – Auntie Anne’s Franchisee
Mark Blount entered the NBA in 1997 and made his long awaited debut with the Celtics in 2001. In 2009, he retired, ending an unspectacular career. In retirement, Blount decided to invest his money, buying two Auntie Anne’s Pretzel franchises.
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.
Brandon Roy – High School Basketball Coach
Many analysts believed Brandon Roy was on his way to a Hall of Fame NBA career when knee injuries derailed his future. In 2016, Roy accepted the job as the head boys basketball coach at Nathan High School. In his first season, the team went a perfect 29-0. For his efforts, he was awarded the Naismith High School Basketball Coach of the Year Award.
Karl Malone – Truck Driver
Karl Malone made enough money during his legendary NBA career to never have to work another day in his life. Don’t tell him that, though. Since leaving his first love, Malone invested his money into several businesses and even works as a part -time truck driver.