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Keith Van Horn
Keith Van Horn
Position: -
Born: 10/23/75
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:250 lbs. / 113.4 kg.
Earnings: $88,860,030 ($144,128,392*)
Seeing the very tall fly-fisherman along the South Boulder Creek six years ago was a little like a Big Foot sighting. The scary part, though, wouldn’t come until later when fly-fishermen learned that the tall guy — a former NBA player — had bought up land around age-old trout fishing holes and built fences to keep them away. Jacqueline and Edward Weigand sued the big man — 6-foot-10 Keith Van Horn, the former University of Utah star forward and 10-year NBA pro — and are asking a Gilpin County District Court judge to reopen the banks along South Boulder Creek — not only to them, but to the public.
The Weigands’ lawsuit seeks an injunction requiring Van Horn and business partners to remove fences and no-trespassing signs. A trial began Tuesday. Attempts to reach the Weigands and Van Horn were unsuccessful Friday. Van Horn sank some of his NBA millions into the fly-fishing paradise with the intent to make money from the land. He helped found the Lincoln Hills Fly-Fishing Club, which sells club memberships and access to the property in the Rockies west of Boulder. “South Boulder Creek has what many experts believe is the best fly-fishing in Colorado … just 45 minutes from downtown Denver,” an online club promotional says. “Complementing nearly 2 miles of private river is 5-acre Pactolus Lake and three spring-fed ponds with gin-clear water requiring delicate presentations to large, wary trout.”
So he walked away in the summer of 2006. Van Horn had just played in the NBA Finals (losing to Miami) for a Dallas team that included Devin Harris, now a Jazz guard. “Everybody wants to leave on his own terms,” said Harris, who described Van Horn as “a constant professional.” Certainly, Van Horn’s having earned $84 million made retiring from the NBA feasible, but he could have kept playing. “I knew it was starting to take a toll, just on the overall family,” he said. “It hurt my kids in terms of feeling like they had a home. I really felt uncomfortable every couple of years taking them out of schools. “So maybe not necessarily for my career or as an individual,” he said, “but just as a father and a husband, it was best that I stop.”
Even after he left the NBA, there would be one more trade. Because he had not officially retired, the Mavericks managed to package him in a 2008 trade with New Jersey, involving Harris and Jason Kidd. Via a sign-and-trade arrangement that balanced the contracts in the deal, Van Horn earned $4.3 million without playing. That’s partly why Leonard often tells Van Horn, “Anything you touch turns to gold.” Leonard mostly attributes Van Horn’s business success to intelligence and work ethic. More than anything, Leonard values the friendship of a star who never treated him like a little-used walk-on. “He’s a really loyal friend; that hasn’t changed throughout the years,” Leonard said. “All the money he’s made and all the fame, it’s never gone to his head. He’s just one of the guys.”