Many NBA players have stepped down from their roster spot to enjoy retirement after dedicating countless seasons. They had to endure non-stop training with their teammates to win as many games as possible and to always give it your all on the court. There comes a time in a athlete's life where you must accept that Father Time is catching up with you.
You might not be putting up as much points as you once did, or you may be suffering more and more injuries over time. Retirement isn't an easy pill to swallow, but the next chapter of the athlete begins here. They might enjoy the large sum of NBA money they received by investing it in stock, or maybe through substance abuse. Each retired player chooses a different path and uses their money for whatever they desire.
The retired athlete you once idolized may not be looking too hot nowadays. They might of pick up a addicting habit or maybe they look just as they did during their glory days. There are endless possibilities as to how a former NBA player is currently living and looking.
Here's a list of 8 NBA players who look great in retirement, and 8 others who don't look quite as good.
17 Earvin "Magic" Johnson (Looks Great)
Johnson is only 57-years-old, but looks like someone at least a decade younger. That's despite his well-known medical condition. He openly stated he contracted the HIV virus in 1991. The former point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers has been awarded three NBA MVP awards and 12 All-Star appearances, and is the NBA’s all-time leader in average assists per game (11.2). He is a two-time inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame, first, for his individual career, and again in 2010 for being a part of the U.S. Olympic “Dream Team.”
Since he retired from the NBA in 1991, he has been advocating for HIV/AIDS prevention and safe sex. He was a part-owner of the Los Angeles Lakers and has numerous other business interests, such as investing in the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012. Even though he has a life-threatening medical condition, he has been able to maintain a healthy lifestyle and live his life in enjoyment.
16 Larry Bird (Seen Better Days)
He is the only person in NBA history to be named the Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year. Bird was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1978 and was the best at playing small forward and power forward for 13 seasons. Bird is a three-time NBA champion and won two NBA Finals MVP awards. He was also a member of the 1992 United States men’s Olympic basketball team, commonly referred to as “The Dream Team.”
After he retired from the Celtics in 1992, he started coaching the Indiana Pacers in 1997 and left in 2000. He most recently was serving as president of the Indiana Pacers, but resigned after the first round of the 2017 Eastern Conference playoffs. Bird has certainly made his mark on the NBA and is still with the Pacers organization, but has an advisory role as of May 1, 2017.
15 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Looks Great)
One of the best centers to step on the court, Jabbar looks great for his age. He is 70-years-old if you can believe it, but he surely looks younger. He is a record six-time NBA Most Valuable Player, six-time NBA champion and a 19-time NBA All-Star. Jabbar has certainly left his mark on the league with all of the accomplishments he made.
He has been called the “greatest basketball player of all time” by the former head coach of the Miami Heat, Pat Riley, former NBA players Isiah Thomas and Julius “Dr. J” Erving. Unfortunately, in April 2015, he was diagnosed with cardiovascular disease and underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery. However, he made a full recovery and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former U.S. President Barack Obama.
14 Elgin Baylor (Seen Better Days)
Before there was a Shaq or Kobe, there was Baylor. He was the number one draft pick in 1958. Fast forward to 2017, he is 82-years-old and has accomplished so much in the NBA. He played 13 seasons for the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers, and retired from the Lakers in 1971, but still had a passion for basketball. Baylor ended up coaching the New Orleans Jazz for four years in the 1970s and was also the general manager of the Los Angeles Clippers for 22 years. Ironically, Baylor wore the number 22 jersey throughout his career as a Laker.
He also has a championship ring thanks to the Lakers, even though he wasn’t an active player at the time. Baylor retired nine games into the 1971-1972 season because of his knees. Guess who won the NBA Finals that year? Yup, you guessed it. The Lakers ended up winning the NBA Finals that year and gave him a ring of his own.
13 Michael Jordan (Looks Great)
The legendary Chicago Bulls shooting guard Michael Jordan is arguably the greatest player to ever play basketball. Jordan has six NBA championship rings, achieved the title of NBA Finals Most Valuable Player six times and also was voted NBA MVP five times, among many other awards and accolades that reassure his status as the greatest of all time.
He retired in 1998 on the Bulls, but came back for a short stint on the Washington Wizards. Jordan officially called it quits in 2003 and became owner of the Charlotte Bobcats in 2010. Jordan is also the first NBA player to reach a net worth of $1 billion, and is the third-richest African-American as of 2017. He is only behind Oprah Winfrey and Robert F. Smith.
Despite being retired from the NBA, Jordan still rakes in a yearly income from endorsements, which is estimated to be over $40 million. He is still active, fit and capable of schooling anyone that challenges him to a one-on-one game.
12 Allen Iverson (Seen Better Days)
Iverson may not have gotten a NBA championship ring, but people will forever remember him as the player that crossed-over Michael Jordan. Iverson was a point guard/ shooting guard and made a name for himself on the Philadelphia 76ers with his stupendous skills. He retired from the NBA after his 2010 season on the 76ers. Ironically, three years later, they retired his #3 jersey in November 2013.
Over the course of his NBA career, he made a bit over $200 million including endorsements. Foolishly, Iverson went through all the money by taking care of 50 friends and relatives. He is also banned from casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey and Detroit, Michigan. He is now looking for different ways to pay off his debt. He has one solid income being apart of the new 3-on-3 basketball league, BIG3. He is on the team 3’s Company, as player and coach.
11 Julius "Dr. J" Erving (Looks Great)
Erving was the best player in the American Basketball Association (ABA) before it merged with the National Basketball Association in 1976. He won three championships and four Most Valuable Player Awards, and was known for playing above the rim. Erving was a trendsetter by dunking from the free throw line in slam dunk contests, and was the only player to get MVP in both the ABA and the NBA.
He had an affair with sportswriter Samantha Stevenson in 1979, resulting in daughter Alexandra Stevenson. She is a American tennis player that reached the semifinals at Wimbledon in 1999 and has a career record of 35-75. Irving is currently married to Dorýs Madden, having tied the knot in 2008. Erving, who is 67-years-old, has fathered nine children in total of the course of his life. Dr. J is healthy as an ox, but ironically owns a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Philadelphia.
10 Lamar Odom (Seen Better Days)
Although Odom isn’t old, he has had his fair share of substance abuse problems. As for his NBA credentials, he won the NBA championship twice in 2009 and 2010 on the Los Angeles Lakers. The next season, he won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award. He ended up retiring from the NBA in 2013 on the Los Angeles Clippers after averaging career low stats.
Odom married Khloe Kardashian in 2009 and has made an appearance on Keeping Up with the Kardashians. They also decided to make their own reality series called, Khloe & Lamar. After poor reception and two seasons, they stopped airing the show in 2012.
In August 2013, Odom was arrested for substance abuse and Khloe wanted to divorce him. However, in October 2015, Odom was in coma and was placed on life support. He had suffered several strokes and kidney failure. Khloe ended up dismissing the divorce papers and Odom eventually fully-recovered. In May 2016, Khloe filed for divorce again, but Odom plans to attempt to win her back, ironically from current NBA star Tristan Thompson of the Cavaliers.
9 Bob Pettit (Looks Great)
Pettit played in the NBA before most of us were born, but that doesn’t mean he should be counted out. He was the first player to receive the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award, in case you didn’t know. Additionally, he played 11 seasons (a lot for those days) and won the NBA All-Star Game MVP award four times. The only other player to do so is Kobe Bryant. If that doesn’t impress you enough, Pettit averaged at least 20 points and at least 12 rebounds per game in each of his 11 NBA seasons.
He played power forward and center during his career in the NBA. Pettit was drafted by the Milwaukee Hawks back in 1954 and retired in 1965 while with the same team, by that time the St. Louis Hawks. Pettit is also third in NBA history for most rebounds per game alongside Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell. Besides being a NBA legend, he is still in good health and shape for his age. He is currently 84-years-old.
8 Scottie Pippen (Seen Better Days)
Pippen is regarded as one of the best players to play alongside the great Michael Jordan on the Chicago Bulls during the 1990s. He won six NBA championship titles and overall was a very talented small forward. Pippen is the only NBA player to have won an NBA title and Olympic gold medal in the same year twice. Although Pippen is a NBA legend, it is his money management that gets him on the negative side of the list.
According to Bleacher Report, Scottie Pippen blew away $120 million over a short time period. One of the many bad decisions he made was buying a $4 million private jet. What is so bad about that? The kicker is the jet didn’t even work! Rather than call a buddy of his to come down to take a look at it, like Rick Harrison from Pawn Stars, he just believed the seller. It’s been reported that Pippen paid another $1 million just to fix it.
7 Nate "Tiny" Archibald (Looks Great)
Nathaniel Archibald played 14 seasons in the NBA from 1970-1984. He managed to acquire the ironic nickname of “Tiny”, even though he stands at 6”1. Archibald was a highly-skilled point guard, although he only won one championship in 1981 on the Boston Celtics in a reserve role. He still left behind quite the legacy, being the 1973 scoring champion and assists leader.
Archibald’s versatile point guard skills at the time got him recruited as part of the NBA All-Star team six times, one of which he was MVP (1981). After a successful and rewarding career with NBA, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991. Soon after his basketball career, the player became the teacher. Archibald did some assistant coaching for University of Georgia and University of Texas-El Paso. He currently has a position with the NBA’s community relations department and looking great for his age at 68.
6 Latrell Sprewell (Seen Better Days)
A four-time NBA All-Star, Sprewell was surely a talented shooting guard/small forward. Once upon a time, he actually helped the New York Knicks make it to the NBA Finals. However, things turned for the worst in 1997 when he decided it would be a good idea to choke his then coach, P.J. Carlesimo, during practice. He was suspended 68 games during his time on the Golden State Warriors for putting his hands on Carlesimo.
In 2005, the Timberwolves offered him a generous $21-million, three-year contract. Sprewell claimed it wasn’t enough money to feed his family. He ultimately declined their offer and abruptly left the NBA permanently. Sprewell made around $96 million over his NBA career. He definitely could have used that additional money after his Milwaukee house went into foreclosure and had outstanding payments of over $295,000. That isn’t all, as he was forced to sell his $1.5 million yacht for half-price.
5 Rick Barry (Looks Great)
Basketball legend Rick Barry is 73-years-old and has left behind some big shoes to fill. He has won a championship in both the National Basketball Association and American Basketball Association (1975,1969). He is the only player in basketball history to lead the NCAA, ABA and NBA in scoring for an individual season. Barry is also particularly known for his unique free-throwing form, as he shot it “granny style” or underhanded. Despite committing to that style of free throw, Barry had a .900 percentage in 1980 and was ranked first in the NBA.
After his impressive NBA career, he was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in history by the NBA in 1996. Barry did some broadcasting and coaching post-NBA. Surprisingly, the apple did not fall far from the tree, as sons Scooter, Jon, Drew, and Brent all played professional basketball, with the latter three playing in the NBA. Barry’s youngest son, Canyon, is currently pursuing a NBA contract with the New York Knicks and is a part of their NBA Summer League team.
4 Charles Oakley (Seen Better Days)
One of the best rebounders in the NBA, Oakley played on various teams throughout his 19-year pro career. He played with Michael Jordan briefly for three years and won numerous defensive accolades. Another NBA legend he played with was Patrick Ewing, when he was traded to the New York Knicks in 1988. He retired in 2004 after a lackluster season on the Houston Rockets.
Post-NBA, Oakley was assistant coach for the Charlotte Bobcats in 2010. He left that position after a year because he was experiencing health issues with back pain. On Feb. 8, 2017, Oakley was arrested at Madison Square Garden when the Knicks were facing the Los Angeles Clippers. He was charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault and criminal trespassing. He was banned briefly from Madison Square Garden following the incident, but it was lifted on Feb. 14, 2017.
3 Dave Bing (Looks Great)
Bing played 12 NBA seasons, averaging over 20 points and six assists per game. He never won a ring, but he was a seven-time NBA All-Star and got plenty of other prestigious accomplishments during his career. He dominated the point guard position for the Detroit Pistons, Washington Bullets and Boston Celtics. He retired a Celtic after their 1977-1978 season.
Surprisingly, he made the most money in his career after the NBA. He opened Bing Steel in 1980 and secured a deal with General Motors. For his company’s success, he was awarded the National Minority Small Business Person of the Year by President Ronald Reagan. Five years later, Bing Steel had a revenue of $40 million. Bing sold off the company assets in 2009. Soon after he sold his company, he was elected the mayor of Detroit by popular demand. At age 73, Bing has truly left behind a remarkable legacy and is still going strong.
2 Bob Cousy (Seen Better Days)
Cousy was a versatile point guard that was picked up by the Boston Celtics in 1950. Upon entering the NBA, he was known for his unique blend of passing and ball-handling. He was commonly referred to as “The Houdini of Hardwood,” “Cooz” or “Mr. Basketball.” Cousy was one elite player that wasn’t fazed by the competition at that time.
He is a six-time NBA champion and is often called the best point guard to step on the court because the of trend-setting moves he brought to the NBA. He is currently 88-years-old and married to Missie Ritterbusch, his college sweetheart, whom he tied the knot with in Dec. 1950. They had two daughters together. Nowadays, Cousy is a marketing consultant for the Celtics and still makes broadcast appearances from time to time.
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