2-time NBA dunk champion Harold Miner – example of good post-retirement life


harold-minerNBA fans know about those once great players that fell to the bottom of the barrel, once their playing days were over. As EXNBA reported before, the list of such players includes Allen Iverson, Kenny Anderson, Derrick Coleman and Antoine Walker.

But what about those who were smart, or lucky enough to maintain their finances properly, so they wouldn’t be filling for bankruptcy after NBA retirement?

One of such players is someone, who seems to have faded into oblivion after his NBA days were numbered. We’re talking about someone, who was two-time dunking-contest champion, someone who was nicknamed “Baby Jordan” Someone, named Harold Miner.

Miner played four seasons in the league, a total 200 games in the NBA (started 47), holding career averages of 9.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg in 18.7 minutes per game.

The outdated news online (dating back to 2010) report that Miner (today over 40 yrs old) has been living quietly with his family, using the money he managed to save from his NBA career. Talk about wise investments.

According to NBA Reference, Miner made some  $5.3 million during his career, and he was in the league for only 4 seasons. He was never a top scorer, never a leading player. Miner averaged career high 10.5 ppg for Miami in 1993-94.

He left the league after 1995-96 season, and seems like since then he has been able to use his earnings wisely enough to support his family, without going bankrupt.

“I’m really kind of dumbfounded as to why people would be interested in reading a story about me,” Miner told LostLettermen.com in 2010. “I haven’t played in almost 15 years and I haven’t done anything significant on a national scale since my junior year at (Southern Cal) almost 20 years ago. It’s a trip, actually.”

“A lot of people don’t understand why I stopped playing was because I had two knee surgeries and I had a degenerative joint in my knee, so it was just too much wear and tear, and I ended up with very little cartilage in my knee,” he told LostLettermen.com.

Nonetheless, Miner’s story is interesting, and in fact can be put up as an example of how professional athletes should be managing their finances once they retire.

Miner hasn’t gone bankrupt nearly 15 years after his retirement, wisely using his earned money. For comparison – Charles Barkley once reportedly lost around $10 million on gambling, Scottie Pippen blew away $120 million with irresponsible and lackluster financial decisions, and Antoine Walker blew away $110 million mostly due to bad investments.

All of these players were All-Stars, leaders, and great athletes. All were better on the court than Miner, however not outside of it.

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