Elvin Hayes is old-school. When he attended the University of Houston, he was one of two black players on the team. In 1966, Hayes took the Cougars to the Western Regional semi-finals of the NCAA tournament. His performance got him selected in the 1968 NBA draft by two teams. He went with the San Diego Rockets. He became one of the NBA’s most unrelenting scorers and rebounders in league history. He was inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame and is a member of the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.
Hayes always wanted to be a police officer. In 2007, his dream came true when he became a City of Liberty Police Reserve Officer. After retiring, he went back to the university to finish off his undergrad studies. Finishing up those last 30 credits was tough! When interviewed, he said, “I played 16 years of pro basketball, but this is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.” Most recently, Hayes is a radio analyst for Cougar games on Houston’s KBME. He also owned a car dealership and did some acting. He appeared in three films.
Tayshaun Prince – NBA Exec
Tayshaun Prince is a 2008 Summer Olympics gold medalist with the U.S. national basketball team, an NBA champion, and now he's the lucky prize winner of a cushy and coveted NBA front-office gig. In 2006, he starred with Snoop Dogg in the hip hop inner-city horror flick Hood of Horror. The Compton, California-born star has lived a charmed life.
A solid 10-year run with the Pistons included an NBA championship and four All-Defensive Second Team awards, Prince went on to charm the Grizzlies' roster until 2015. Moving on, his 14-year career ended with the Timberwolves in 2016. By August 2017, Prince returned to the NBA, but this time, as a special assistant to general manager Chris Wallace. This year he was promoted to vice president of basketball affairs and will oversee all communications between the front office, coaching staff, and the locker room. He’s valued by the front office for his excellent rapport with the players.
James Jones—NBA Exec
Jones jumped on board with the Pacers in the second round of the 2003 draft. He played small forward for the Pacers until he was traded to the Suns in 2005. Injuries kept him on the bench, but he won a $4 million-dollar contract with Miami Heat. He had it renewed four years later. He also won his first NBA Championship with the Heat.
After 14 seasons with teams Indiana Pacers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Miami Heat, and Cleveland Cavaliers, this 38-year-old ex-NBA traded in his high-tops for the position of vice president of basketball operations position for the Phoenix Suns in July of 2017, precluding his return to the 2018 season.
Amar’e Stoudemire – IBSL Player and Owner
Starting in 2007, he made the All-Star team a remarkable five consecutive years. On top of that, he was named All-NBA Team five times. A relentless force for the Phoenix Suns, his legacy includes scoring an average of 21.4 points per game, ranking him fourth overall in Suns team history. In July of 2016, he signed with the New York Knicks so he could end his career as a Knick. He announced his retirement the same day.
Of course Stoudemire couldn’t leave basketball behind. He relocated to Israel to compete in the IBSL league with Hapoel Jerusalem. As part-owner, he had no problem sealing a playing contract. However, on September 1, 2017, he announced his retirement once again. And now, Stoudemire is coming out of retirement to yet again help out the Hapoel team. In the past, he’s won two Israeli League championship titles, one in 2016 and again in 2017. Plus, he’s won the Israeli Cup, the All-EuroCup Second Team Award, and two All-Stars Awards. Quite a curriculum vitae. Add to that, actor and producer. He’s known for MacGruber, Beyond the Lights and Trainwreck.
David Robinson – Venture Capitalist
Legendary NBA great David Robinson wore No. 50 for the Spurs his entire career, choosing the number in deference to NBA idol Ralph Sampson. He joined the organization in 1989 when San Antonio was the worst NBA franchise ever known to the league. Robinson’s 14-season career as a center for the Spurs lasted until 2003. As a 10-time All-Star and a 4-time All-NBA First Team, he was an incalculable asset. In 1995 he won NBA MVP. He’s been inducted into the Hall of Fame twice. He’s one of the greatest centers to play the game. In 2003 he announced his retirement.
After retiring, Robinson became a venture capitalist. As a prominent businessman, he sits on the board at USAA Federal Savings Bank. He founded the Admiral Capital Group, a leading venture capital firm. He is also renowned for his contributions to philanthropy and education. His advice after unparalleled success? “Honor God with your first fruits.”