Every NBA player has a transition to make sometime in his life – a transition from the on-court player to someone off the court. The transition isn’t always easy for every player.
Ruben Patterson, a former NBA player, who has recently joined the NBRPA (National Basketball Retired Players Association) spoke about his own transition.
“It is a great program that helps retired basketball players in terms of education and financial advice,” Patterson said in an interview with Legends of Basketball.
“They cover any situation that can arise in life after basketball. You can even go back to school and get your degree.”
Patterson recalled that the NBRPA helped him to get back into school because he did not finish his degree after he was drafted.
“They can also help you out if you want to start a business or pursue something else,” Patterson said.
“From a financial perspective, you have to watch over the things you spend money on and make sure you surround yourself with people you can trust,” he said, speaking about the transition from an active player to a retired one.
Recalling his NBA career, Patterson said he wasn’t a great shooter, but more of a slasher who provided defense/energy.
Patterson spent 10 seasons in the NBA, playing for the LA Lakers, Seattle Supersonics, Portland TrailBlazers, Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks and LA Clippers.
He appeared in total of 649 NBA games (started in 245), averaging 10.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, and 24.6 mpg.
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