Remember VIN Baker? Where is he now?

14 Apr

Vin Baker now coaches ninth-graders.

In his best season in Milwaukee, Baker averaged 21 pts 10.3 reb and shot 50.5% from the field

Upon retirement, many NBA players stick around the game of basketball, whether as coaches, executives, announcers, or businessmen with an interest in the sport. Vin Baker, however, didn’t have an opportunity to stick around the highest levels of the game. In 2006, Baker retired after 13 seasons in the NBA, during which he made four All-Star teams and won a gold medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Yet, despite these accomplishments, he left the game on bad terms due to struggles with alcoholism.

Now, Baker is turning his life around, and he’s doing it with the help of basketball. But while many ex-NBA athletes get high-profile coaching jobs, Baker is plying his trade in Connecticut as the ninth-grade boys coach at Old Saybrook High School, his alma mater. As you can see in the video below from SLAM Online, the team takes its halftime speeches in a converted storage closet with folding chairs and a decades-old television. It’s a far cry from a top-level facility.

But, if you watch this four-minute halftime speech, you’ll see that Baker is taking this job as seriously as any other coaching gig. He implores his kids to play for the team, not themselves, and he’s as passionate about it as a coach at any other level of the game.

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