Going Broke: Vin Baker On How He went from $100 Million to Broke and Working at Starbucks
In this riches-to-rags article, Ex-NBA player reveals how he’s happier now than ever and feels lucky just to be alive. Vin Baker went from an NBA All-Star with lifetime earnings of $100 million to the manager of a Starbucks in Rhode Island — and he couldn’t be happier. While it may be seen as a failure to from the NBA to working at Starbucks, Baker said he’s not ashamed. Baker, who averaged 15 points and 7.4 rebounds over the course of his 13-year NBA career, ran into difficulties after his playing days ended including struggles with alcohol and problems with his finances.
But the former NBA All-Star has since gotten clean, and after four years of being sober he has found a new calling in coffee. Baker works at a Starbucks as a barista and is training to manage an entire franchise. He’s getting some help from the company’s CEO, who also happened to own the Seattle SuperSonics where Baker spent the bulk of his career.
While it may be an unconventional path, Baker said he’s now happy. “When you learn lessons in life, no matter what level you’re at financially, the important part to realize is it could happen,” Baker told the Providence Journal. “I was an alcoholic, 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. I’m a father. I’m a minister in my father’s church. I have to take the story and show that you can bounce back. If I use my notoriety in the right way, most people will appreciate that this guy is just trying to bounce back in his life.” Read more of the story Vin Baker Goes From NBA All-Star With $100 Million Lifetime Salary To Broke And Working At Starbucks