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With the start of NBA free agency on Wednesday, most of the big names have some idea where they’ll be playing next season, but for some it may be time to find out what’s next after basketball. I took the time to find post-NBA jobs for a few players who may looking for their next gig.
Luke Walton: Hype Man
Walton already has the background of supporting stars during big performances, he can wave a towel around proficiently, and is already used to life on the road (and unfortunately, stalkers). Walton is primed to be your favorite rapper’s hype man.
Juwan Howard: Barber Shop Owner
I’m not sure who his barber is, but Juwan Howard should definitely talk him out of wherever he’s currently working and open up shop immediately. Howard is 40 years old with the cleanest haircut in the league. Think about that. He could’ve saved LeBron James’ hairline from that place in the Samsung commercial. Seriously, Juwan, think about it.
Kenyon Martin: Reality TV Star
Martin has already dated Trina and Draya, so he’s more than qualified for several of the trashy reality shows on TV right now. I’m thinking he’d be a good fit for one of the Love & Hip Hop shows (Atlanta or New York), which has the opportunity to both pay well and offer continued exposure for a guy that doesn’t seem to mind the attention
Derek Fisher: Lawyer
Derek Fisher is cool under pressure, has spent time in leadership positions within the NBPA, and is no stranger to the courtroom (in a good way). Imagine the 0.4 second version of Attorney Fisher’s closing arguments, making a way when all seemed lost. His clutchness would baffle opposing counsel, causing even the most solid case against his client to crumble with his last second attempt at justice.
Jason Collins: Spokesperson/Advocate
As the first active NBA player to come out, Collins already wears the burden of answering for and representing the LGBTQ community (an impossible task), but since he’s been given this platform, when all is said and done with sports, I’m sure he’ll be a traveling author/speaker/personality that appears everywhere a producer says, “We need to know what the gay community thinks of this!” While not a bad gig, I’m sure he’d rather have a few more years in the league before dealing with the additional backlash and bigotry I’m sure that job will come with.
Metta World Peace: Boxing Instructor
Yes, I see a man named World Peace teaching other people how to inflict violence.
But I also see the artist formerly known as Ron Artest being a “Cutty” type from The Wire that mentors young kids and keeps them from making the mistakes he once made. The television show’s character used boxing as a platform to teach the kids in the neighborhood about self-respect as well as self-defense. With World Peace already involved in helping kids as well as those with mental illnesses, he’s already primed to make a difference. We already know he can throw a punch.
Nick Young: Performing Artist
We’ve already seen a ton of NBA players try to parlay their current success and fame into a musical career. These endeavors normally end in terrible songs and hilarious music videos. However, if anyone has a chance at this thing, it’s Young. His cousin is Kendrick Lamar, he already has a rap name “Swagy P,” which is a start, and he’s put out a mixtape. With the right people around him, who knows?
Tags: NBA Free Agency