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Former Piston Adrian Dantley is working as a crossing guard

Dave McKenna of Deadspin has a fantastic story on what former Piston and Hall of Famer Adrian Dantley is up to these days. It’s well worth a read:

The greatest 6-foot-5 post player in the history of the NBA now pulls morning and afternoon shifts at a busy intersection outside Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring, Md. The job, which he took at the beginning of this school year, earns him $14,685.50 a year, according to Montgomery County civil service records.

“He doesn’t need the money,” a Dantley associate tells me. The guard-forward was legendarily cheap during his long and fruitful NBA career, and he still lives nearby in a home he purchased in 1990 for $1.1 million, one that a former agent said “was virtually free and clear” of debt back in 1996.

“He’s not going to just sit around,” the associate continues, “and he just doesn’t want to pay health insurance.” Turns out that NBA veterans aren’t provided health insurance by the league, not even all-timers like Dantley. Crossing guards in Montgomery County, however, are.


  • Mar 15, 201312:51 pm
    by sebastian


    “AD” is my all-time favorite NBA player. I really liked his smooth style and from the free throw line the guy was the greatest massager of the round ball.
    Still can’t get over how Zeke ran AD out of Detroit for his fat azz friend, Mark Aquirre.

  • Mar 15, 20131:18 pm
    by Derek


    Daly wanted AD out.

    Trader Jack tried to smooth things out to keep AD, but AD wouldn’t cooperate.  So Trader Jack wanted AD out.

    Zeke and AD didn’t get along, neither did a number of other players on the team.  The difference is, the other guys put the collective and winning ahead of personal feelings.  AD couldn’t do the same.

    Anywho…it is a shame players put their health at risk playing through injuries that could result in serious arthritis without the security of health insurance from the league after they retire.  I guess guys have to have some sort of exit plan.

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