15 NBA Stars’ Lives After the Game: Where Are They Now?

Basketball careers are short in comparison to the rest of the occupations in professional sports. Small roster sizes mean there are a limited amount of opportunities, and that makes it difficult for players on the fringe to continue once they have left their prime. Many players are forced to live with the reality that they are no longer earning multi-million dollar salaries and must rejoin the traditional workforce like the rest of us. In other situations, they are able to parlay their on-court earnings into successful business investments away from the sport.

The current occupations of former NBA superstars range from the ordinary, like truck driving, to the extraordinary, such as leading international charities and serving as mayor of major American cities. Some have sought continued basketball success by lengthening their careers overseas, in search of more championships and paychecks. Many former NBA players have very public struggles with finances, but others enjoy the financial security that a career in the NBA has given them.

Many athletes struggle to make the transition from superstar to average Joe once their careers in professional sports have ended. However, there are always cases of superstars adapting well to life away from sport, which allows them to enjoy their private lives without the everyday scrutiny of the media. Now that they have spent some time away from the watchful eyes of ESPN and Fox Sports, here is what fifteen former NBA stars are up to these days.

15 Kevin Johnson

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Having spent over a decade in the NBA, Kevin Johnson retired in 2000 after leading the Phoenix Suns to their first playoff series victory in five years. However, he decided not to shy away from leading a public life and now has a flourishing political career. During his NBA career, he established the Kevin Johnson Foundation and the St. HOPE program which began as an after school program and has expanded to a nationwide charity. After beginning these successful charities, he decided to try his hand at politics.

14 Allen Iverson

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After retiring from the NBA in 2010, Allen Iverson spent a short, unsuccessful season with Turkish club Besiktas before retiring from the sport. Since then, he has only had a few brief public appearances. Iverson has always been a player and person that refused to conform to the traditions of society or the NBA. In a divorce hearing he stated that he did not have enough money for a cheeseburger. Court documents and testimony from his ex-wife Tawanna describe him as an absent, alcoholic father.

13 Dikembe Mutombo

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12 Patrick Ewing

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11 Isiah Thomas

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10 Magic Johnson

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9 Scottie Pippen


8 Karl Malone

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7 Brad Daugherty


6 Stephon Marbury


5 Dan Majerle

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4 Glen Rice


3 Mitch Richmond

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2 Dennis Rodman


1 Darko Milicic

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Darko Milicic will always be remembered as the player the Detroit Pistons selected 2nd overall ahead of Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and many others. Widely considered one of the biggest NBA Draft busts of all time, Milicic retired from the NBA after a short stint with the Boston Celtics in 2012. He has since returned to his native Serbia and decided to pursue a career in kickboxing. This alternative career could put Darko’s 7 foot, 275 pound physique to use, and he is just the latest in a string of professional athletes to make the jump to combat sports.

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15 NBA Stars’ Lives After the Game: Where Are They Now?