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David Harrison
David Harrison
Position: -
Born: 08/15/82
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:280 lbs. / 127 kg.
Earnings: $4,428,916 ($5,999,626*)
Charles made it clear that Harrison’s return is not about money stating, “[Harrison] would play for free. He’s back in love with he game and just wants an opportunity to play.” “At the end of the day, he’s a 7 foot center with a nice jump shot and dominating post moves. He’s a great guy who deserves a shot and his first shot unfairly taken from him. He’s looking at the NBA Summer League, D-League, and overseas,” continued Charles.
Former Indiana Pacers center David Harrison, a little more than a decade removed from being a first-round pick in the NBA draft, has struggled to make a consistent living since his basketball career ended – to the point he said he took a job working at McDonald’s two years ago. “I was embarrassed because of where I could be in life,” Harrison told Yahoo Sports. “Everybody has to work and make a living somehow. I have two children. They don’t care where I work. They just need to eat. “People were showing up trying to take my car. My house was in foreclosure. I didn’t have any income. I just had everything going out. I have child support to one son. I have a really big family and I have to take care of them, even through I’m not playing in the NBA. I needed money.”
Harrison made $4.4 million before taxes during four seasons with Indiana and also played in China professionally for three seasons. He said almost all of that money is gone. Now 32 and without a college degree, Harrison said he’s having a hard time finding a job. “An NBA career is a fragile thing,” said Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who coached Harrison with the Pacers. “It tips on the slimmest of margins one way or the other. There are a lot of guys who get a taste of it. David had some pretty good years for us when I was there.”
Harrison said he is 16 credit hours from a college degree at Colorado, but can’t afford to go back to school to finish. He has had a preliminary conversation with Colorado’s men’s basketball program about a graduate assistant opportunity, but nothing is brewing. When asked how he’s making ends meet now, Harrison said: “I trade stocks. I invested in a few smaller companies that I’ve been able to liquidate out of. I’ve literally burned through about 95 percent of my savings. I applied for a job at Edward Jones. That didn’t work out.”