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The NBA Afterlife: When Former Ballers Quit the Hoops Life
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Former NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson took his talents to politics upon retiring from the league.

You know the "Where Are They Now?" series about young Hollywood stars who seem to vanish into thin air?

Consider this the NBA version of that.

Some former basketball legends like Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson continue to be deeply involved with the game today. Those aren't the types of guys we'll be profiling here.

Instead, we'll be looking at players who completely removed themselves from the hoops world after retiring from the NBA.

Within five years after retirement, an estimated 60 percent of NBA players go broke, according to Sports Illustrated. To reflect that reality, we'll highlight an assortment of guys here: both those who found success after leaving the NBA and those who stumbled.

In no means is this a comprehensive list of every NBA retiree over the past few decades. If your favorite ex-NBA player isn't mentioned here, feel free to add your suggestions to the comments section below.

Note: Players are organized in chronological order based on retirement year.

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