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Vin Baker
Vin Baker
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Born: 11/23/71
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
On Sunday August 14th, he NBADL held their national tryouts in New York. Although a lot of the attention was on the players participating, some former NBA players used the event to jump start their coaching careers. Following the tryout, sources close to Ridiculous Upside gave the site a list of former NBA players that participated as coaches at the NBADL tryout. We take a look at some of the biggest names that were there. Vin Baker: As a 4-time NBA All-Star, Vin Baker knows a thing or two about basketball. That experience helped him make a transition to the coaching ranks, as he was hired an assistant basketball coach for St. Bernard School in 2011.
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The world’s tallest, and perhaps most famous, barista is stationed behind a busy coffee counter. His smile and easy-going style welcome customers looking for their Starbucks fix as they fastbreak to work or South County’s beaches. “I love North Kingstown. It reminds me of my hometown, so it’s comfortable,” says the man, who stretches to 6-feet-11. “I like this community. Starbucks draws a lot of repeat customers and so many know me now.”
Like all recovering alcoholics, Baker says every day is both a challenge and a blessing. He now clearly has the perspective of a middle-aged man, not a fresh-faced, 22-year old newly minted millionaire who’s the life of the party. He just wants a chance to keep bouncing back. “For me this could have ended most likely in jail or death. That’s how these stories usually end,” he says. “For me to summon the strength to walk out here and get excited about retail management at Starbucks and try to provide for my family, I feel that’s more heroic than being 6-11 with a fade-away jump shot. I get energy from waking up in the morning and, first of all, not depending on alcohol, and not being embarrassed or ashamed to know I have a family to take care of. The show’s got to go on.”
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Nine years after his final NBA game, Baker looks healthy and refreshed. He smiles constantly. He said he’s in a good place, an ordained minister at his father’s church in Connecticut, having had years to recover, reflect, and re-energize after dealing with losing his career and reputation. He is eager to pass along his experiences and his knowledge to this younger generation, many of whom have to Google his name to learn of his All-Star appearances. “It’s been a great experience to give back what I know from the game,” said Baker, who played with six teams over 13 seasons. “It would be totally irresponsible for me to have had the opportunities and learned what I learned and not share it with these young men.
While many first-year players are busy looking through Instagram or texting during the rookie symposium, Baker has real life stories. Drinking turned him from a standout player to an average one, and eventually the mediocrity and the struggle to stay sober ended his career. “I think the great part of me having the opportunity to speak with them is they know [my] story,” he said. “When I talk to them, that goes a long way. But the main message is to take every day one day at a time and it’s important. Don’t take this for granted. Don’t take your abilities or your opportunity to play in the NBA for granted.
After alcohol use ruined his own NBA career, four-time All-Star Vin Baker would like to talk to troubled Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson, whose playing days are now in jeopardy after yet another DUI arrest. “I wish I could reach out to him,” Baker told Yahoo Sports. “I would just give him encouragement no matter where he is at with it. It’s a fight, it’s real and it’s not to be taken lightly. The unfortunate thing sometimes is you have to take a step back from what you’ve been doing your whole life to deal with something that is life-threatening. “It’s like, ‘I got to get back to play.’ You got to get right first.”