It can be hard to imagine your favorite doing something else with their lives after making a name for themselves in the world of sports. Despite this, there are plenty of NBA stars who have decided to go down a different path by the end of their pro basketball careers. There are people like Charles Barkley and Shaq who decided to stay in the spotlight by pursuing a TV career. On the other hand, others preferred to invest their earnings in a different field. Some of them even decided to become farmers and drivers. Let us find out what your favorite baller has been up to after they left the court.
Mark Blount – Auntie Anne’s Franchisee And Real Estate Mogul
In 1997, Mark Blount joined the NBA and made his debut with the Boston Celtics four years later. He retired after an unremarkable career in 2009. The former baller invested his money by purchasing two franchises of Auntie Anne’s Pretzel franchises. He is not the only retired NBA star who is a fan. Four years later, he ended up selling the stores to instead go into real estate. It turned out to be a good idea. After investing $700,000, he is now worth $2 million. Good for him.
Dan Dickau – Barbershop Owner And ESPN Broadcaster
Many people consider Dan Dickau one of the best basketball players in the history of Gonzaga University. But, sadly, his skills did not translate all that well when he joined the big leagues. His NBA career ended after six years, which meant that he had to look for a livelihood elsewhere. He ended up opening The Barbers, which has since turned into a neighborhood staple in that area of Washington. Apart from the barbershop, he works as an on-air personality for the Pac-12 Network and ESPN.
Greg Oden – Sports Adviser
In 2007, Greg Oden became the first overall pick of the Portland Trailblazers. This meant that they put a lot of hope in him! Unfortunately, he suffered a lot of injuries over the course of his career. He only played 23 games before retiring due to chronic foot issues. At the end of his NBA career, he decided to go into school basketball. He accepted the student manager position of the men’s basketball team at Ohio State, which let him return to school and study. In 2019, Oden earned a degree in the sports industry. He went on to accept the position of athlete adviser at Edyoucore Sports and Entertainment.
Adrian Dantley – Coach And Crossing Guard
Some people will find this the most surprising job on the list. Adrian Dantley spent 15 years in the NBA and finished his career with 23,000 points to his name. His name is also found in the Hall of Fame. At first, he went into coaching before finally becoming a crossing guard. It was a low-profile job that allegedly fetched him an annual salary of $14,000. We can tell that money is not an issue for him. He is the sort of guy who likes to help others. It must help that it has health benefits. Besides that, he spends his spare time working as a referee for recreational and high school squads.
Detlef Schrempf – Business Development Officer And Actor
After high school, Detlef Schrempf took up International Business studies. After 16 years of being a pro basketball player, he decided to put his education to good use by working as a business development officer at Coldstream Capital Management. He has dabbled in the acting industry as well! You might have already known that he played a recurring character in Parks and Recreation for a while.
Brandon Roy – High School Basketball Coach
Plenty of analysts believed that Brandon Roy could have been a Hall of Famer until a slew of knee injuries changed things for him. His knee did not recover properly, so he had no choice but to retire at a young age. He tried to go into broadcasting, but it was not a good fit for him. He went on to accept the position of the head basketball coach at Nathan High School instead. The team scored a perfect 29-0 season during his first year. We can see why he earned the Naismith High School Basketball Coach of the Year Award! In 2017, he started to serve as the Garfield High School head basketball coach.
Bryant Reeves – Cattle Farmer
Six seasons after his draft, Bryant Reeves retired from the NBA. Known as “Big Country,” he had to leave because of injuries. After closing this chapter of his life, he decided to raise cattle on a farm instead. While he is not exactly a sports legend, it is clear that he knows farm life very well. He now owns and runs a huge 300-acre cattle ranch! It sounds like his nickname suits him better than anyone assumed it did. We wonder if it was always his dream to be a cowboy. It looks like this lifestyle suits him just fine.
Scottie Pippen – Livestock Farmer
The truth is that Scottie Pippen found it hard to accept that his career was over. One of the best players of the Chicago Bulls, he left in 2004. However, he must have regretted it as he tried to make a comeback in the years that followed. When he finally agreed that a seventh ring would not happen, he decided to go into a different field instead. He and his brother now own a livestock farm in Arkansas. Despite this, he continues to make TV appearances several times each year.
Charlie Ward – Head Coach
Even though Charlie Ward brought home the Heisman Trophy during his time at Florida State, he was not drafted in the NFL. So he set his eyes on the NBA instead. He went on to spend 11 seasons, and most of them had been with the knicks. In 2005, he retired and focused on coaching. He did not go into college or pro coaching, opting for high school coaching positions instead. He started working as the head coach of the basketball team at Booker T. Washington High School. However, he has been serving as the head basketball coach for the Developmental Research School at Florida State University since 2018.
Karl Malone – Timber Truck Driver
During his time in the NBA, Karl Malone earned so much money that he no longer has to work a single day. After he hung up his gloves, he put his money in a couple of businesses and sometimes works as a truck driver on the side. Among other things, he has entered the world of timber hauling. Mind you. He is not only in it for the money. The people close to him report just how passionate he is about the industry! We can only wish that we could pursue what we want without worrying about money too.
Vinnie Johnson – CEO Of A Manufacturing Company
You might remember Vinnie Johnson as one of the “Bad Boys” of the NBA. During his time with the Detroit Pistons, he earned back-to-back championships in 1989 and 1990. However, he retired and pursued his real calling in 1992. He launched a manufacturing company called Piston Group. The business started small, but its value has since blown up to several million dollars. He continues to work as the CEO. It is amazing to know that he is not only an NBA superstar but a smart businessman as well!
Shawn Kemp – Sports Bar Owner
For 14 years, Shawn Kemp enjoyed a successful time in the NBA. He was chosen for the All-NBA Second Team thrice and named an All-Star player six times. In 2003, he retired but remained involved in the world of sports in his own way. He did this by opening a sports car called Oskar’s Kitchen. Located in Seattle, it was a pretty daring endeavor for him. He kept it up and running for as long as possible. Sadly, he had to close it in 2015. He continues to work in the industry as a part-owner of Amber’s Kitchen.
Darko Milicic – Apple Grower
There is a reason Darko Milicic is sometimes called the biggest draft bust in the history of the NBA. In 2003, he was the second overall pick. He ended up jumping around the league before finally retiring while with the Boston Celtics in 2012. He now leads a quiet life of growing apples in Serbia. Before he settled into this lifestyle, he trained to be a kickboxer. The sport did not suit the big man, who would rather grow rows and rows of apple trees on a 125-acre farm instead. It sounds like he’s living the life!
LaRue Martin – Community Services Manager At UPS
Everyone was excited to see how LaRue Martin would do in the NBA as the first overall pick in 1972. Unfortunately, four years later, his potential had not gone anywhere. He left the league and decided to take an entry-level position at UPS to pay the bills. It was a good thing that his patience and hard work paid off. In 2005, he became a Community Services Manager. Aside from the 9-5 job, he is also on the Board of Directors of the National Basketball Retired Players Association.
Birdman – Trying To Make An NBA Comeback
When was the last time we saw Chris “Birdman” Andersen on the NBA court? It was during the 2016-17 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. One year after that, he said that he wants to make a comeback! He stayed in shape in the hopes that a team will help this goal of his come true. We are sure that it is not easy to do such a thing. At any rate, he joined the Big 3 league in 2018.
Oscar Robertson – An Advocate For Affordable Housing
This old-school basketball player had a very successful career. During his 14 years in the NBA, Oscar Robertson was a 12-time All-Star player and retired as one of the highest-scoring guards in the league. His most amazing accomplishment, however, was working to build affordable housing for the African-Americans in Indianapolis. His efforts have led to a great improvement in the community. In 2007, the University of Cincinnati awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. It was well-deserved!
Vin Baker – Starbucks Manager And Minister
We bet that Vin Baker earned a lot of money during his 13 years in the NBA. But, unfortunately, he ended up losing money after that chapter in life. He struggled to adjust to this change and now serves as a minister at his dad’s church and a Starbucks manager. He is aware that others might look down on him, but he knows his priorities very well. “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,” he explained. In 2019, he took on the position of assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Tim Duncan – MMA Fighter And Coach
Well, you can probably see why this is among the weirdest items on the list. Tim Duncan is known for his iconic time with the San Antonio Spurs. However, he has been training to be an MMA fighter ever since he retired! It might just be a hobby in the meantime, but his trainer called him both “a legit contender” and “a monster.” Aside from that, Duncan keeps himself busy by running an autobody shop called BlackJack Speed Shop. He opened it in 2013. Four years later, the shop organized the delivery of relief supplies to the victim of Hurricane Harvey. He also accepted an assistant coach job with the Spurs!
Michael Ray Richardson – Substitute Teacher And Youth Camp Helper
For 24 years, Michael “Sugar” Ray Richardson slew it on the NBA floor. His career, unfortunately, was cut short when the commissioner gave him a lifetime ban in 1986. He kept playing in different parts of the world after that and event spent 14 years in Europe. In 2002, he retired and tried his hand at coaching for a couple of years. However, he eventually found his calling as a substitute teacher. He is now in his sixties and teaches in Oklahoma. He helps with a youth camp for children in need as well!
Derrick Coleman – Water Supplier
Even though Derrick Coleman spent 15 years in the NBA, his coaches called him lazy. However, this criticism does not seem to apply to the next chapter of his life! He has been driving around Flint to ensure that the residents have access to drinking water. How amazing and admirable is that?! “That’s what I’m seeing. Distress. I’m seeing people who need help. I’ve seen the rust and everything that’s in their water. Flint is like a ghost town, and it’s sad… How can this happen here in America?” he asked.
Steve Francis – Entrepreneur
After spending nine years in the NBA, Steve Francis called it quits. He then turned his focus on other projects. Among other things, he pursued music and formed Maserati Music. It was a hip-hop record label that did not make much of an impact. However, this did not stop him from trying a different venture. He launched a clothing line called We r One, but he has since had to put a hold on all his projects.
Dennis Rodman – Political Ambassador
Let us just say that Dennis Rodman has not stayed out of the limelight. It is not a secret that this NBA icon likes attention! He has not gone for a 9-5 job, but we want you to know what he has been up to after his days on the court. After retirement, he went into the world of pro wrestling. When he could no longer do that, the former basketball player became a political ambassador and paid North Korea a visit in 2013. Upon his return home, he said that Kim Jong Un is a “friend for life.” He returned there in 2017.
Latrell Sprewell – Pitchman
It is not like Latrell Sprewell has never been controversial. When he was in the NBA, he was often called a superstar. Sadly, his career was cut short when he attacked the head coach of the Warriors in 1997. He retired in 2005. It looks like karma came for him then. He lost his houses to foreclosure. His yacht got into an accident as well. The drama made him look for a new job, which came in a Priceline pitchman. He has since admitted that he made bad life choices. We hope that he has learned his lesson!
Wilt Chamberlain – Everything
In 1973, Wilt Chamberlain said goodbye to the NBA. Back then, he was thought to be the greatest person to join the league. It felt like he tried his hand at just about every single job out there after his retirement. He was looking for the right fit, but he settled into the position of a pitchman in the end. In 1999, the basketball icon died from heart failure. He might no longer be around, but his legacy lives on.
Gilbert Arenas – Analyst
The truth was that no one expected Gilbert Arenas to be as good as he turned out to be. In 2001, he was the 31st pick during the NBA draft. Despite this, he went on to make $163 million before he retired. You were wrong if you thought it meant he did not plan to work again. He must like the grind. He might not have picked up a 9-5 job, but he works as a sports analyst and YouTube sports show host for Complex.
Kenny Anderson – Camp Director And Coach
While working as a high school basketball coach, Kenny Anderson had been doing all right. Sadly, things fell apart for him after he was arrested for DUI in 2013. This crime also saw him sacked from the job. It was not easy for him to bounce back from that, but he now runs basketball camps in the Sunshine State. He continues to coach, as well. He now works in the travel league. But his main goal right now is to return to high school coaching. Let us keep our fingers crossed that things work out in the end for him.
Jay Williams – Spokesman And Analyst
People expected Jay Williams to be a great player when he joined the NBA. The Chicago Bulls drafted him, and the hype was real. However, his career had not even started when he found himself in the middle of a motorcycle accident. This caused the team to cut him, spelling doom for his promising basketball career. He ended up working as a spokesman for Visions Federal Credit Union. Aside from that, he also works as a part-time college basketball analyst for ESPN. Do you think he feels bad about what could have been?
Antoine Walker – Financial Advisor
Over the course of his NBA career, Antoine Walker did well for himself. After all, he earned more than a hundred million dollars in the span of 13 seasons. Unfortunately, he spent more money than he had, which is why he applied for bankruptcy in 2010. He picked himself back up and launched a second career three years after that. He started working with Morgan Stanley Global Sports and Entertainment to impart financial literacy lessons to promising young stars. There is no better person for the job.
Adam Morrison – Coach
In 2007, Adam Morrison tore his ACL and had to put his NBA career on hold. While he managed to recover from this, he was simply a role player with the Los Angeles Lakers. After his retirement, he made up his mind to return to school. He did not just earn a degree in sports management at Gonzaga, but he also accepted a job on the basketball team’s coaching staff. It did not take him long to move up the coaching ranks after he joined the Zags! We are sure that they are happy to have him.
Rony Seikaly – DJ
For eleven years, Rony Seikaly had a great NBA career. After that, he started a new career as a DJ. Many former ballers try to be entertainers and fail, but this is not the case for this guy. He has since played in clubs in Ibiza, New York, Las Vegas, and Miami. He said that he did not plan to do it full time, but “the opportunity came organically and it seemed like it would be fun and it grew from there.”
John Stockton – Basketball Coach
When he was in the NBA, you probably know John Stockton and Karl Malone as one dynamic duo. The former had an unselfish outlook on the sport and did not mind assisting instead of getting the score independently. In 2003, he retired from the league but did not exactly leave basketball behind. Even though he has served as the assistant coach of the women’s basketball team at Montana State University, he also coaches several youth basketball teams regularly. He is, without a doubt, an awesome guy.
Bill Walton – Sports Broadcaster
In the ‘70s, Bill Walton made a name for himself during his time with the UCLA Bruins. After all, he won two national titles with them in those days! After that, he joined the NBA and played for the Trailblazers. He won two titles and received the MVP award with Portland. In 1987, he retired and overcame his stutter. This helped him start a successful career as an NBA commentator for ABC/ESPN, CBS, NBC, and the Los Angeles Clippers. He took a break for a while but has since returned to do it on a full-time basis.
Michael Jordan – Entrepreneur And Hornets Owner
It will not be hard to find someone to agree with us when we say that Michael Jordan is one of the best NBA icons ever. The former Chicago Bulls legend was set for life when he retired in 2003. He made $90 million during his time in the league, but he has blown that up to $1.3 billion. While he can afford not to work any longer, he chose to keep at it. He is now the owner of the Charlotte Hornets. Aside from this, he has dealt with companies like Gatorade and Hanes. He also owns restaurants and a car dealership.
Hakeem Olajuwon – Real Estate Dealer
From 1984 to 2002, Hakeem Olajuwon played in the NBA for the Toronto Raptors and the Houston Rockets. He earned back-to-back titles in 1994 and 1995 as well! In addition, he is credited for mentoring the likes of Dwight Howard and Lebron James. It is a good thing that he has made a lot of good investments over the years. At the moment, he works as a real estate dealer. We bet that he is making good money!
Shawn Bradley – Rancher
Among the tallest NBA players in the league’s history, Shawn Bradley definitely stood out from the crowd. He got his start as a player for the Philadelphia 76ers but went over to the New Jersey Nets later on. He spent most of his career with the Dallas Mavericks, however. In 2005, he decided to quit pro basketball. It is interesting to hear that he has purchased a huge cattle ranch after his retirement!
Maceo Baston – Cupcake Store Owner
During his time in the league, Maceo Baston played for the Toronto Raptors and the Indiana Pacers. He got to travel the world as well. After playing in several countries abroad, he finally decided to call it quits. Together with his wife, he went on to launch a cupcake business called Taste Love Cupcakes. The business, which is based in Michigan, even competed in Cupcake Wars and brought home $10,000! In case you were wondering, he is not the baker. It might be more apt to call him the taster instead.
Tom Chambers – Sports Broadcaster And Horse Breeder
We have the only guy who has scored 20,000 points during his career but has not been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Tom Chambers was chosen for the NBA All-Star a total of four times. He joined six teams over the course of his time in the league. He is now a broadcaster with Fox Sports Arizona and covers the Suns. Aside from that, he breeds horses in Utah even though he has said it is more of a hobby.
Junior Bridgeman – Franchisee And Coca Cola Distributor
At the moment, Junior Bridgman has a net worth of $600 million. He earned this after playing in the big leagues for 12 years between 1975 and 1987. During those days, he played with both the Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks. He went on to use his money to buy 450 restaurant franchises. Most of those are Chili’s and Wendy’s. Aside from that, he recently sold a lot of them to work with Coca-Cola. He currently works as a distributor for the soda giant, as well as a third independent bottler.
Chris Washburn – Home Mortgage Company Employee
Did you know that Chris Washburn is among the biggest people ever to join the NBA? In 1986, he was chosen as the third draft pick. He went on to play with the Golden State Warriors, but his career was cut short because of drug use. He received a lifetime ban after he failed three drug tests in the span of three years. In 2000, he cleaned up his act and worked with his girlfriend to start a fried chicken store. But this venture only lasted one year. At the moment, he is working for a home mortgage company.
Evan Eschmeyer – Attorney And Entrepreneur
In 1999, Evan Eschmeyer joined the NBA and spent four seasons with the New Jersey Nets. Sadly, he was unable to get much game time because of his knee problems. Nevertheless, he scored 421 points in 153 games. In 2004, he had to retire because of his injuries. He decided to go to Northwestern University, his alma mater, to enroll in its prestigious JD-MBA program. Isn’t it neat that he earned not just an MBA but also a law degree? Nice! He has since been working as an entrepreneur, director of finance, and attorney.
Kevin Garnett – Actor
You might already know that Kevin Garnett went on to be a broadcaster on TNT. Aside from that, he also dipped his toes into acting by playing himself in the hit Uncut Gems. It looks like he does not plan to lead a quiet life any time soon like so many of his peers! But who can blame him? We are sure that it can be hard to adjust to regular life after living years on end in the spotlight.
Steve Nash – Consultant And Head Coach
When Steve Nash retired from the NBA, he had a single goal. He just wanted to lead a private life! Even so, he could not give up his love of the sport. He ended up turning the consulting with the Golden State Warriors and other franchises. Then, in 2020, he decided to take it a step further and interview for head coach positions. We bet that you already know that he landed this gig with the Brooklyn Nets.
Caron Butler – Burger King Franchisee
After spending 15 years in the NBA, Caron Butler called it quits. Over the course of his career, he was chosen to be an All-Star twice and brought home the 2011 NBA title with the Dallas Mavericks. After he retired, he ended up going back to where he came from. You see, he used to work at Burger King before he became a pro athlete! He bought six franchises later on. In 2020, he took on the assistant coach position with the Miami Heat as well.
David Harrison – McDonald’s And Stock Trader
Even though David Harrison was considered a top college recruit, his NBA career did not last longer than four seasons. Then, his personal problems caught up with him and sent him to rock bottom. He ended up working at McDonald’s after his retirement. Unfortunately, he ended up quitting after only two weeks on the job. At the moment, things are looking up for him. He is now working as a stock trader!
Larry Johnson – Business And Operations Representative
After Larry Johnson retired from the NBA, he decided to get serious. He ended up going back to UNLV to finish his degree in social studies. After that, the New York Knicks hired him as its business and operations representative. This did not last for long, however. In 2015, he ended up filing for bankruptcy when it came to light that he owed unpaid child support to the tune of more than $100,000. Oops.
Ben Wallace – Owner Of A G-League Basketball Team
When he was active in the NBA, Ben Wallace enjoyed a wildly successful career. He spent 16 years in the league and even received the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award a total of four times. He was also an All-Star pick four times and led in blocks at one point. He found himself in hot water after his retirement, but the legal issues did not ruin his finances. In 2018, he bought his way into ownership of the NBA G-League team, the Grand Rapids Drive.
Bill Laimbeer – Businessman And Coach
What has Bill Laimbeer been up to? In the middle of his 15 years in the league, he and his dad began to plan for life post-NBA. In 1994, the pair launched Laimbeer Packaging Corporation in Melvindale, Michigan. He ended up back in the world of sports, not even a decade after that. This happened when he started coaching in the WNBA. As head coach, he holds a record of 282-207 and three titles. Good job!
Mark Eaton – Restaurant Owner And Commentator
Let us find out what this one-time All-Star pick has been doing as of late. He was dubbed the NBA All-Defensive First Team thrice and led in blocks a total of four times. After retirement, he tried his hand at several different careers. He has even provided regional radio commentary for the Utah Jazz. Not only that, but he also went on to open a restaurant of his own called Tuscany. He must be one busy guy.
Tony Parker – Musician
In 2019, Tony Parker hung up his gloves and left the NBA after 18 years in the league. He brought home four NBA titles and received the Finals MVP award once. Let us not forget that he was a vital member of the San Antonio Spurs as well! He has since pursued several careers. If you ask us, the most notable of them was how he dipped his toes in the music industry by releasing a rap album in France. Cool.
Chris Webber – Investor, Actor, And Author
This talented guy was not an NBA All-Star pick once but five times! He was also the Rookie of the Year in 1994. Chris Webber certainly made a case as a prospective Hall of Famer during the 16 years he spent in the league. After retiring, he went into broadcasting. It is also awesome to hear that he opened an investment company and a restaurant. At the moment, he is writing his first book as well. Honestly, if we had the same amount of money he does, we would do anything and everything we want.