Vin Baker reinventing self as summer stay director

June 24, 2017 - summer camp

4:56 PM ET

On Friday morning, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, kids welcome their relatives as they proceed a buses headed to Camp Greylock in Becket, Massachusetts.

Some commend counselors from prior years, yet there is one male who stands out.

Curious dads travel by a 6-foot-11 man, anticipating to get clues about since he looked familiar. To most, a name tab is enough.

Written in black sharpie is a word “Vin.”

Vin Baker was never ostensible to be here.

An Olympic bullion medalist and a four-time NBA All-Star who done scarcely $100 million over a 13-year career isn’t ostensible to breeze adult as a executive of basketball for a boys summer stay in a Berkshires.

For Baker, though, not being here would weigh being dead.

“I even knew how it ended,” Baker said. “I was going to die in a automobile crash. It played by in my mind many times.”

As Baker’s career wound down, giveaway spending and ethanol had emptied his bank comment to zero. His properties were foreclosed on. After 3 trips to rehab, he had one final possibility to save himself.

Then all came together. One by one, he strung days of being solemn together. A week became a month. Then a year.

He found comfort in religion.

“The haze privileged and we satisfied that all we valued over a 15 years wasn’t that valuable,” Baker said. “My children and my adore for basketball rose to a top.”

Understanding that he had to make money, he done some calls to people from his former life.

Starbucks authority Howard Schultz, who owned a Seattle SuperSonics when Baker played there, took his call.

Next thing Baker knew, he was putting on a immature apron as Starbucks’ many famous barista.

But that celebrity didn’t buy him much, other than a chance. He non-stop adult a store during 3:45 a.m., prepared to offer business when they walked in during 4:30 a.m.

Working 15 mins divided from his hometown in Connecticut, Baker found himself nod informed people each day, all of whom were astounded to see him behind a counter.

“I never got down and asked since we was there, since in my mind, it was only a present to be alive,” Baker said.

His story is chronicled in an journal being expelled subsequent month called “God and Starbucks.”

Baker doesn’t have many days when he can symbol a success of his turnaround, yet one came final month when his son supposed a grant to play basketball during Boston College.

Thirteen years after a Boston Celtics cut Baker giveaway and saved $36 million on his income after he disregarded a league’s ethanol abuse policy, Baker’s name — his son is also named Vin — wasn’t a interruption in a recruiting process.

“They had review about my highway to recovery, what we was doing during Starbucks,” Vin said. “My past was in a past so that my son could play there.”

Meanwhile, day by day, Baker has rebuilt his life by experiencing a fun that basketball elicits in others. The diversion that brought him celebrity and happening has not mislaid a fun. He coached center propagandize and high propagandize kids.

“I unequivocally most adore a routine of saying a child who can initial leap during 5 or 6 years aged and get to a indicate of scoring and building a game,” he said.

Two summers ago, Baker had a possibility to pronounce to kids during Greylock and fake connectors with management. When a pursuit non-stop adult this summer, he done a jump.

“He fit what we were looking for — an NBA All-Star who was also an Olympic bullion medalist,” joked Greylock owners Michael Marcus. “In all seriousness, Vin is a man who unequivocally cares about people, who can explain some extensive life lessons.”

Back during a buses, David Sherman’s eyes light adult when he sees Baker. He leans over to his sons, Zachary and Matthew, and tells them who he is.

They shake hands and take pictures.

But things aren’t utterly as they seem. This is not a one-way travel that is mostly compared with an contestant indulging fans with pictures.

Moments like these, that will occur mostly this summer, are as critical to Baker as they are to a kids.

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