31 Jul The Rise and Fall of Ex NBA Star VIN BAKER
JUAN SAYS: Life can be one big party especially if you’re rich and famous like Vin Baker, one of the most famous faces in the NBA. But very different from the applause of his former glory days, vin now works as a barista in Starbucks as a barista. Once an alcoholic, Vin lost the millions he earned on a ‘series of financial missteps ranging from a failed restaurant to simply too many hands dipping into his gold-plated cookie jar’. Simply put, he spent way too much money on people who were not there for him and who only took advantage of him. But for him, looking at his life takes perspective and in looking at his life we realize just how important it is to have real people in our lives, no matter what.
“When you learn lessons in life, no matter what level you’re at financially, the important part to realize is it could happen,” he said. “I was an alcoholic, I lost a fortune. I had a great talent and lost it. For the people on the outside looking in, they’re like ‘Wow.’ For me, I’m 43 and I have four kids. I have to pick up the pieces. I’m a father. I’m a minister in my father’s church. I have to take the story and show that you can bounce back. If I use my notoriety in the right way, most people will appreciate that this guy is just trying to bounce back in his life.”
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