Having made millions of dollars in the NBA, former players can start a whole new life after their retirement. Some, like Shaq and Charles Barkley, stay in the spotlight and move into television. Some, like Shawn Kemp and Tim Duncan, opt to live a normal life and work 9-5 jobs. Their stories are incredible, and we can't wait to share what these retired NBA stars are doing now.
1. Shawn Kemp - Sports Bar Owner
After he retired from basketball, the former 6-time All-Star opened a sports bar called Oskar's Kitchen in Seattle. The bar was a favorite watering hole with locals due to its cheap drinks and hangover-curing grub. Sadly in 2015, Shawn had to close it down. Today, he still works in hospitality as a part owner of Amber's Kitchen in Seattle.
2. Tim Duncan - Businessman & MMA
A 5-time NBA champion, 15-time All-Star, and 2-time MVP, Tim Duncan is considered by many as one of the greatest athletes of all time. Since retiring in 2016, he spends most of his time running an auto body shop, BlackJack Speed Shop. He is also busy training for the MMA, despite considering his training as just a hobby.
3. Kobe Bryant - Basketball Coach & Investor & More
Although Kobe retired from the NBA in 2016 and no longer holds the record as the highest-paid player, he is still as busy as ever. He is working on a variety of projects, such as mentoring basketball players, writing books, working on fantasy novels, and making a few cameo appearances on tv. He is also a keen investor and has invested in tech, sports, and entertainment ventures. His post-NBA career seems to be just as exciting as his career on the court.
4. Bryant Reeves - Cattle Farmer
Issues with his weight along with injuries took a toll on the man nicknamed "Big Country", and as a result he was forced to retire after playing only six seasons in the NBA. Reeves currently lives a quiet life running his 300-acre cattle ranch in Oklahoma.
5. Vin Baker - From Starbucks Manager To Assistant Coach
4-time All-Star Vin baker had an incredible 13-year NBA career, one that earned him millions of dollars. Unfortunately, after a series of failed investments, he went bankrupt. Baker was able to make a great comeback though. He went back to basics by working at a Starbucks franchise in Connecticut, before later becoming a shift manager. In January 2018 though, he managed to secure an assistant coach role with his former team, the Milwaukee Bucks and he's still there today.
6. Adrian Dantley - Crossing Guard
This is probably the most surprising post-NBA job on our list. Adrian Dantley played 15 seasons in the NBA and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2013, Dantley, who had been working as an assistant basketball coach, left his team and became a crossing guard. Though he gets just $14,000 a year from the job, he has said he likes the work and enjoys helping others.
7. LaRue Martin - UPS Manager
After leaving the NBA, Martin took a humble job as a UPS driver in order to make a living. The hard work paid off for him, as he is now the UPS Illinois district public affairs and community services manager. On top of his 9-5 job, he also works on the Board of Directors for the National Basketball Retired Players Association.
8. Greg Oden - Student
Greg Oden's NBA career was over after only 105 games and he was regarded as one of the greatest draft busts ever. After his retirement, he went to OSU to finish his degree and volunteered his time with the school's basketball team.
9. Scottie Pippen - Livestock Farmer
Scottie Pippen, along with Michael Jordan, played a key role in leading Chicago Bulls to become a championship team and in popularizing the NBA across the globe. He retired in 2004, but regretted his decision immediately. After numerous failed comeback attempts, he decided to work in the livestock business and bought a farm in his hometown of Hamburg, Arkansas. He also makes occasional appearances on TV as an analyst.
10. Karl Malone - Truck Driver
Karl Malone, nicknamed "The Mailman," holds the records for most free throws attempted and made. Whether on the court or off the court, "The Mailman" always delivered. Following his retirement in 2015, he invested his money into a number of businesses and now even works as a part-time truck driver.
11. Shandon Anderson - Top Chef
Shandon Anderson helped Miami Heat win the NBA Championship in 2006. After retiring from the NBA, Anderson went from tossing alley-oops to tossing salads. The former basketball star attended a few culinary schools and eventually became a vegetarian chef. He even opened a vegan Thai restaurant in Atlanta. Sadly, it closed after one year of operation.
12. Chris Andersen - Still Basketball Player
Chris Andersen, known to us as Birdman, began his professional career in the Chinese Basketball Association and moved on to get his big NBA break with the Nuggets. An ACL tear prematurely ended his NBA career during the 2016-17 season. He managed to bounce back though and has since gone on to help his new team, Power, to win the 2018 BIG3 championship.
13. Vinnie Johnson - CEO Of Piston Group Company
Most NBA fans remember Johnson as one of the "Bad Boys" of the league. He helped the Detroit Pistons become 2-time NBA champions. After leaving basketball in 1992, Johnson found his true calling. He launched Piston Group, a small automotive manufacturing company that has now grown into a multi-million dollar asset. Today, Johnson still works as the CEO.
14. Darko Milicic - Apple Grower
Milicic called it quits with the Celtics in 2012. After trying his hand at a career in kickboxing, he now makes a living as an apple farmer in his 125-acre orchard in Serbia.
15. Michael Jordan - Successful Businessman
During his 15 seasons in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards, Jordan cashed a total of $90 million and now has a net worth of $1.9 billion. Jordan is the largest shareholder of NBA team Charlotte Hornets. He also has promotional deals with famous brands such as Nike, Hanes, Gatorade, and more.