Throughout the 1990s the NBA spawned some of the greatest stars ever to grace a basketball court, from Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal to Dennis Rodman and, of course, the incomparable Michael Jordan. Yes, undoubtedly the era featured some of the most iconic names ever to play the game. But what happened to such legends once their time in one of America’s greatest professional sporting leagues came to an end?
Nick Anderson spent the entirety of the 1990s playing for the Orlando Magic, where he cemented himself as one of the NBA’s finest shooting guards. After retiring as a player, the star returned to the franchise as a key member of its public relations department. And Anderson has further aligned himself with the Magic as a commentator on their games for Fox Sports Florida.
A vital part of the Los Angeles Lakers team that lifted the NBA title at the turn of the century, Glen Rice also managed to bag a hat-trick of All-Stars appearances. Since hanging up his jersey, the former small forward has worked for G-Force Fights, a Miami firm promoting bouts in MMA – mixed martial arts. Rice’s legacy in the basketball world continued when his eponymously named son also began playing in the NBA.
Larry Johnson was crowned Rookie of the Year and twice achieved All-Star status during his spell with the Charlotte Hornets before enjoying further success with the New York Knicks. Sadly, the former power forward hasn’t had much luck since leaving the court. In 2015 Johnson declared bankruptcy and the Bank of America later sued him for nearly $500,000 for defaulting on a loan repayment.
Horace Grant won three consecutive NBA titles in the early 1990s as a member of the Chicago Bulls. Unlike his teammates Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal, the ex-power forward has kept a relatively low profile since hanging up his jersey. But Grant remains an integral part of the Bulls set-up: he now works as the president’s special assistant.