Another outrageous NBA personality is Latrell Sprewell. Notoriously, he grabbed his coach by the neck after the Golden State Warriors coach told him his passing was bad. He lost his contract and was suspended from the NBA for a year.
Other than that, he was a great player. He was a 4-time All-Star and made All-NBA First Team in 1994. However, at 36 years of age, Sprewell landed himself in retirement. It was 2005, and he rejected a 3-year, $21 million contract with the Timberwolves, arguing it wasn’t enough. Then he had nothing. Sprewell faced serious financial hardship. A $200 million custody lawsuit didn’t help. So, he became a pitchman for Priceline with a measly net worth of 50 thousand bucks.
Shawn Kemp – Restaurant and Bar Owner
Shawn Kemp blasted into the NBA as a first-round draft pick for the Seattle SuperSonics in 1989. At 19, he was the youngest player in the league. When Gary Payton joined the team, the two dazzled and dominated the court. “Shawn was a freak of nature,” Payton said, “It’s a great feeling as a point guard. I knew anytime he’d say, ‘WOO!’ . . . that’s my sign . . . I could just throw it anywhere and he’d just go and get it.” The Sonics were hot in the mid ‘90s. During Kemp’s tenure he racked up more than 15,000 points for the league. Today the six-time NBA All-Star is worth $5 million. He retired in 2003 with 14 NBA seasons under his belt.
Post-retirement, he has spent his time and energy supporting the city he loves by joining the chorus of sports enthusiasts who are fighting to bring the Seattle SuperSonics back. He also supports the vitality of downtown Seattle with his restaurant and bar investments. The restaurant business is notoriously tough terrain. Kemp took his chances on a sports bar in Lower Queen Anne, Seattle. He called it Oskar’s Kitchen, apparently named after Oskar, Kemp’s pet fish that swam in the bar’s aquarium. Unfortunately, the establishment did not make it, closing in 2015. Today he’s part-owner of a trendy restaurant and lounge called Amber Seattle which marks its chic spot on First Avenue. He also holds investments in several other Seattle ventures.
Chris Washburn – Mortgage Company Collections
Chris Washburn’s future was so bright straight out of high school that he had to wear UV sunscreen. Washburn, one of three top high school basketball recruits in the entire nation, had the choice of virtually any college. He chose North Carolina State. His enormous size and agile hands brought the Wolfpack a powerful center. Despite his low grades, petty crimes and drug use, Washburn was selected in the 1986 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors. By 1987 he checked into drug rehab. Washburn was not able to kick his addiction in time to live a professional basketball lifestyle. That hope summarily ended when he was slapped with a lifetime ban by the NBA in June of 1989. Third positive drug test, zero tolerance. He played only 72 games—career over.
Post-NBA, he bottomed out in total destitution, but finally overcame his vicious cocaine addiction. Washburn and his girlfriend tried their luck with a fried chicken restaurant in his hometown of Hickory, North Carolina, to little avail, doors closed in 2012. Most recently he’s been working the collections desk for mortgage companies while taking care of his elderly mother.
Michael Jordan – Billionaire Entrepreneur
This epic NBA legend is eponymous with the Bulls and Nike. His iconic image, getting air to slam dunk the Chicago Bulls to six, count them, six, NBA Championship titles, is unforgettable. It’s emblazoned on the popular Nike brand. Michael Jordan lives on. He’s the first to beat Wilt Chamberlain’s scoring record. Jordan’s record, leading the NBA in scoring for ten years, is unbroken. Unbreakable. Jordan has the unique distinction of retiring three times. After leaving the Bulls in 1993, he gave professional baseball a shot, but left MLB to go back to the Bulls. Retiring, again, in 1999, he left the court and took a desk for the Washington Wizards, only to come back to the court in 2001 for the Wizards. Apparently, he thought they needed better players.
In 2003, he retired from the NBA for the last time. Today, Jordan has a net worth of $1.65 billion. With the great wealth he amassed through the NBA and his teaming up with Nike, he purchased the second largest stake in the Charlotte Bobcats, now Hornets, and has several business ventures amongst his wide marketing associations and endorsements.
Shandon Anderson - Owns a Vegan Restaurant
Shandon Anderson enjoyed a respectable 10-year career with the NBA. It all started in 1996 when the Utah Jazz drafted the native Georgian. He went on to play for the Houston Rockets, the N.Y. Knicks and Miami Heat. In 2006 Anderson won a championship ring with Miami. He retired the same year.
Another claim to fame for Anderson is his vegetarianism. He began moving toward a vegan menu over 20 years ago, allowing some occasional fish and chicken. In 2010 he took the vegan lifestyle so seriously that he signed up for culinary courses. Bringing his love for art and food together, he established a restaurant called Drink Art, serving views of its art gallery and dishes of a yummy Thai/Vegan hybrid. The restaurant adventure lasted a brief three years before shutting its doors. Anderson’s doing just fine. He’s in his mid-forties and kickin’ it with a net worth of $22 million.