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DO YOU FIND IT A RELIEF AT ALL KNOWING YOU CAN BE A LITTLE EASIER ON YOUR BODY? I think lif e
was easy. Guys complain about how hard it is, but no t if you love working out, t aking hits, pain; y ou have to love all that s tuff. I think it’ s easier when you like it and someone tells you what to do and y ou get paid for it. WHAT WAS THE GREATEST REWARD OF PLAYING PROFESSIONAL SPORTS?
One reward is that I s till have fairly good discipline about what I e at and being fit. For a person at my age, I’m still in decent shape, and I think that’s because of my background growing up in athle tics. The other thing I am able t o take advantage of is to have an impact on the c ommunity. So we started our foundation 22 years ago and built r elationships with sponsors and supporters, and it has stayed very strong.
WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING THING ABOUT RETIRING FROM PROFESSIONAL SPORTS? I think it’s a
process because you’re used to having a schedule e very day. All you had to worry about was getting up. Someone was telling you what to do: you have to work out, lift, stretch and get treatments. You have a pretty good schedule you live by, and then it’s all over and you have to figure out for yourself what to do. I think everyone goes through different stages. I know lot of ex-teammates who just stopped being active for various reasons; they put a lo t of miles on their bodies or had v arious injuries, knee problems, ankles, shoulders—you name it.
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WHAT HAS PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TAUGHT YOU ABOUT MENTAL STRENGTH, AND HOW DID IT CARRY OVER INTO YOUR NEW CAREER AS A WEALTH MANAGER? That’s a good
question because I went to college, but that was a lifetime ago. After you play basketball for 20 years, you might as well say you’re starting over. I got into business, and first it was a venture fund and no w wealth management. I did it r eally without any background. But I’m a grinder, and I worked and worked at it. I embraced it, and no w I really enjoy helping people. I like building personal relationships and how you can see the impact y ou can have. I have also met some very, very interesting people.
WHICH IS MORE CHALLENGING: BUSINESS OR PROFESSIONAL SPORTS?
There are different challenges. You can never duplicate the emotional highs and lows you get playing sports. Making or missing the game-ending sho t in front of 20,000 people; how do you accomplish that in business? I don’t know, maybe people can compare it to closing a big deal, but you can’t get that adrenaline. So you look for other successes. DO YOU MISS THE AUDIENCE? Yeah, when you think about the highs and lows, and you go through some major lows too, that feeling is what it’ s all about. There were exciting, big games where you can’t sleep at night beca use you’re so pumped up . I also r ecognize though that things lik e that are great, but it’s also not healthy for your whole lifetime. It’s tough to take. There’s got to be some balanc e to it. If I could, I’d play basketball my whole life, but the body isn’t meant to do that. WHAT DO YOU KNOW NOW ABOUT TRAINING OR YOUR BODY THAT YOU WISH YOU KNEW WHEN YOU WERE A BUDDING ATHLETE? At the time, there
was no program. I lifted hard, really hard. I was doing everything from power cleans to squats to benchpressing 300-plus pounds, all that s tuff that’s more likely for football. I started to do plyometrics when I w as traded to Indiana from Dallas and that changed me as a pla yer; it made me e ven more athletic. Now, most of the guys don’t lift heavy; it’s more about the c ore stuff, explosion stuff. Also, I never took a day off, and now it’s all about r est. I didn’t know what that me ant. The diet, too. People said to eat healthy, but we had no idea what that r eally meant. I thought, I’m not going to eat dessert, but I’m going to have steak and potatoes with everything on it.
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