Vin Baker thanked PBA for helping him grow as person off the court


vin-bakerThere was time when Vin Baker was considered one of the best, leading power forwards in the NBA. However addiction to alcohol and depression have pretty much killed his career.

As an NBA player for 13 seasons, Baker was an anomaly: a 6-11 forward who could shoot from the outside and dribble like a guard.

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), and was a 4-time NBA All-Star.

He even played for the U.S. Olympic Basketball team. However, certain problems forced him to leave NBA.

Now, Baker is a Youth Pastor at Abyssinian Baptist Church. He has completely recovered from his alcohol addiction, and is an NBA alumni.

Baker has recently thanked the head of PBA (ProBasketball Alumni) organization CEO Charles Smith, a former NBA player himself, for making him a better person.

PBA and retired WNBA players recently met in Miami for strategy sessions called, “Beyond the Bounce”. The purpose was to discuss the transition from the game as well as addressing different ways to increase their personal brands to generate additional income.

““Charles has been an amazing ambassador for the retired players, helping us to make the transition into the real world,” Baker said. “He’s helped with our spiritual growth and our natural growth after basketball.”

“His leadership in the business and financial world is tremendous to us having shown retired players there continued value in the marketplace along with opportunities for retired players,” Baker continued. “I know personally he’s helped me grow as a person off the court.”

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