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Chase Budinger
Chase Budinger
Position: -
Born: 05/22/88
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:218 lbs. / 98.9 kg.
Earnings: $18,293,223 ($20,113,372*)
Chase Budinger dropped by the CBS Local Studios to discuss the transition from basketball to volleyball. “I look at it as my next journey,” said Budinger to DJ Sixsmith. “My basketball days are over. I had seven years in the NBA, eight years professionally, and I gave a lot of things to basketball. But, now it’s on to my volleyball career and it’s been going really well so far. It’s been fun, it’s been challenging. It’s definitely something new and learning. I have been just enjoying it and taking it one step at a time.”
“In today’s game, I could probably play four maybe some five, which is crazy,” said Budinger. “It’s crazy because I was a three and sometimes a two I would never sniff the four or five in my career. But now, just because of the small ball and how everyone is going to it, I would have been able to play those spots.” But, despite that curiosity, Budinger doesn’t have thoughts of going back. He is all in on volleyball and looking to become the best player he can be on the beach.
Storyline: Chase Budinger Retirement
Budinger, 30, played three seasons of college basketball at University of Arizona. He averaged 17 points and 5.8 rebounds. He averaged 7.9 points and 3.0 rebounds while playing for the Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Indiana Pacers and Phoenix Suns. Now, he’s trying to make a splash in beach volleyball. He knows he has some work to do in that regard, his flashes of brilliance notwithstanding. “Just working on my blocking,” he said when asked about specific skills he needs to improve. “I think that’s been the most frustrating thing for me, so I think that is something I could definitely improve and get better at.”