The reasons why Baker has decided to auction his only Olympic gold are unknown.
Baker won the gold medal as a member of the 2000 United States Olympic basketball team, which went 8-0 in the Sydney Olympics. That team was led by Vince Carter, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. Baker averaged eight points and three rebounds for the tournament.
Grey Flannel Auctions says the medal was presented to Vin Baker on September 30, 2000 after he and the United States Men’s basketball team went undefeated (8-0) in Sydney.
The gold-plated silver medal weighs 6.85 oz, is 5mm thick and measures 68mm across. It is attached to a 39” turquoise-blue ribbon embroidered with “SYDNEY 2000” in silver. The medal features a design by Australian designer Wojciech Pietranik; it depicts Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, seated above the stadium and chariot along with “XXVII OLYMPIAD SYDNEY 2000″. This translates to “Games of the 27th Olympiad Sydney 2000”. The artist’s initials “WP” appear at the bottom of the design in relief. The verso of the medal features the Olympic rings along with an image of the Sydney Opera House and an Olympic torch. “BASKETBALL” and “MEN” have been engraved along the perimeter. The medal is in MINT condition and comes in a white leather case.
The Courant reported a couple years ago that Baker was going through some financial troubles, despite earning $105 million in his NBA career.
Baker was also known to battle heavy alcoholism problems both during his playing days and after his NBA career. He was part of a historic trip that took former NBA players, led by Dennis Rodman, to North Korea in 2013.
The Milwaukee Bucks drafted Baker with the eighth overall pick in the 1993 NBA draft. The big man was a four-time All-Star in his 13-year career.
Baker holds career averages of 15 ppg, 7.4 ppg in 32.5 minutes of playing time. He appeared totally in 791 NBA games (604 started). Baker played for Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle SuperSonics, Boston Celtics, NY Knicks, Houston Rockets and LA Clippers.Follow @exnbadotcom
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