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National Basketball Retired Players Association

News from the NBRPA

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

On Track: For Jamal Mashburn, Retirement from the NBA Was Just the Beginning

by John Fawaz “What next?” It’s the question asked by every professional athlete. At some point, everybody hangs ‘em up. Only then do they begin to consider the next chapter of their lives. Jamal Mashburn had that all worked out well before he retired from the NBA in 2006. You can learn a lot riding ...Read More >

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

All-Access Podcast with Sam Perkins

Next up, we welcome 1982 NCAA Champion & newly elected Board Member of the National Basketball Retired Players Association Sam Perkins to the All-Access Legends Podcast for an exclusive interview in Legends Magazine. In the interview, “Sleepy Sam” as he frequently goes by, touches on his days at North Carolina, playing alongside Jordan & Worthy, ...Read More >

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The NBA Biography They Didn’t Teach You in History Class

by Sam Smith Just because things are the way they are doesn’t mean they were destined to be so. Just because NBA players have the richest guaranteed contracts in American team sports, unlike NFL players, or have so much flexibility in their economic relationships, unlike NHL players, doesn’t also mean it was inevitable. It occurred ...Read More >

Monday, June 24, 2019

Jerry Stackhouse: Whistle Stop Tour to the Top

by Sam Smith Jerry Stackhouse didn’t have to coach in the NBA’s developmental G League. After all, he was Jerry Stackhouse! You know, the guy from the University of North Carolina who was once the next Michael Jordan, a two-time All-Star and scoring champion, a guy who once dropped 57 points on Jordan’s old team ...Read More >


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