25 Retired NBA Players Who Are Now Working 9 To 5
NAB players can make millions of dollars every year, but what do they do for a living after retirement? How much can they earn from their "new" careers? Many of them have found their ways to live a good life by appearing on TV like Charles Barkley, or by normal 9-5 jobs, like Shawn Kemp. Have a look at their life now and see how they are doing!
1. Shawn Kemp - Sports Bar Owner
Shawn Kemp became the owner of a sports bar, Oskar's Kitchen. After his retirement, he opened this bar in Seattle, where people can enjoy cheap drinks and nice meals. Unfortunately, the former 6-time All-Star had to shut it down in 2015, but now, he works as a part-owner of Amber's Kitchen.
2. Tim Duncan - Businessman & MMA
As one of the greatest athletes of all time, the 15-time All-Star Tim Duncan spends most of his time in his auto body shop, BlackJack Speed Shop, after his retirement in 2016. Meanwhile, he keeps training for the MMA even though he considers it as a hobby.
3. Kobe Bryant - Basketball Coach & Investor & More
Obviously, Kobe Bryant didn't let his retirement in 2016 hold him back. As the former highest-paid player record holder, he soon started working on many other projects like coaching, writing books, and making appearances on TV. He's also an investor in many ventures, which makes his post-NBA life nothing less incredible than his basketball career. Sadly, the legend passed away due to a flight accident in Jan. 2020.
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.
16. Oscar Robertson - Affordable Housing Advocate
Oscar Robertson was named NBA All-Star a whopping 12 times and retired as one of the league's highest-scoring guards ever. However, what can be considered as his greatest accomplishment was his work to create affordable housing for African Americans in Indianapolis. Due to his amazing efforts to improve his community, the University of Cincinnati honored him with an Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters in 2007.
17. Bill Walton - Sports Broadcaster
Bill Walton was drafted by the Portland Trailblazers after college and won an MVP award as well as two NBA Championships. After leaving the league in 1987, Walton overcame a stuttering problem and became a renowned NBA commentator for ABC/ESPN, CBS, NBC, and the Los Angeles Clippers. Today at 67, he is still pursuing his thriving career in broadcasting.
18. Mark Blount - Auntie Anne's Franchisee
Mark Blount made his NBA debut with the Celtics in 2001. In 2009, he retired and decided to invest his money in buying two Auntie Anne's Pretzel franchises. Blount has been a proud franchise owner of the staple snack stand ever since.
19. Dan Dickau - Barbershop Owner
Dan Dickau is considered one of Gonzaga University’s greatest basketball players of all-time. Six years into his NBA career, however, his talent dried up and Dickau was out of the league. Needing a way to make a living, he opened a barbershop called The Barbers in Washington. Aside from operating the barbershop, Dickau has also made appearances on ESPN Radio and the Pac-12 Network.
20. Detlef Schrempf - Business Development Officer
Detlef Schrempf majored in International Business in college. As soon as his 16-year NBA career ended, he put his degree to good use, working as a business development officer for Coldstream Capital Management.
21. Brandon Roy - Basketball Coach
Many believed Brandon Roy was on his way to a Hall of Fame NBA career, but knee injuries forced him to retire young. After leaving the NBA, Roy tried broadcasting for several years, only to find he wasn’t a fit. In 2016, he was hired as the head boys basketball coach at Nathan Hale High School. One year later, he left Hale to coach at his alma mater, Garfield High School.
22. Charlie Ward - Basketball Coach
Charlie Ward started out as Florida State’s quarterback and won the 1993 Heisman Trophy. When his football season was over, Ward turned to the basketball. After an 11-year NBA career, he went on to take up coaching at high schools. Much like his playing career, he coached both football and basketball.
23. Derrick Coleman - Water Supplier
Despite spending 15 years playing in the NBA, Derrick Coleman was still labeled as lazy by his coaches. However, they can’t say that about his post-NBA life, as Coleman has been working tirelessly to deliver water to families in Flint, Mich.
24. Antoine Walker - Financial Advisor
Although Antoine Walker made over $100 million during his 13-season career, he somehow managed to spend more money than he had and filed for bankruptcy in 2010. Luckily, three years later, he paid off his debts and started a new career. He took a job with Morgan Stanley Global Sports and Entertainment to teach financial literacy to rising stars. Who else than him can give financial advice better?
25. Michael Ray Richardson - Substitute Teacher
Richardson played professional basketball for 24 years. Upon retiring in 2002, he took up coaching for a few years until he found his second love - substitute teaching. Now in his 60s, the former NBA star works as a teacher in Oklahoma and also runs a youth camp for underprivileged kids.