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Vin Baker's Journey from Basketball to Barista

Jan 4, 2017

  Vin Baker was an Olympic basketball player and four-time NBA All Star. The journey from University of Hartford to professional basketball got him rich quick, but it was a lifestyle he couldn't keep up with.

Baker's struggle with alcoholism is well-documented, as is the fact he blew through $100 million. He lost his home and restaurant.

But Baker's on a new path now. He's getting his masters degree, he's a minister, and a manager at Starbucks. 

This hour, we talk to Baker about his life, his regrets, and what he's looking towards in the future. 


  • Vin Baker - former professional basketball player, Starbucks manager, minister

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Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired on December 17, 2015.