Former NBA All-Star Vin Baker director of basketball at Camp Greylock

Former NBA All-Star and Olympic gold medalist Vin Baker made nearly $100 million over a 13-year career as a professional basketball player, but alcohol and free spending left him penniless and working at Starbucks.

Now, the four-time all-star who played for the Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics and Seattle SuperSonics among other teams is spending the summer as the director of basketball at Camp Greylock in Massachusetts.

“I very much love the process of seeing a kid who can first dribble at 5 or 6 years old and get to the point of scoring and developing a game,”Baker said in a recent ESPN article.

Baker first connected with Greylock two summers ago when he had a chance to speak to campers.

“He fit what we were looking for — an NBA All-Star who was also an Olympic gold medalist,” Greylock owner Michael Marcus joked in the article. “In all seriousness, Vin is a guy who really cares about people, who can impart some tremendous life lessons.”

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Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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