Walt “Clyde” Frazier on the transition from a professional basketball career to normal life

That is a daunting task that I would say 80% of professional players never make. Their marriages dissolve. Drugs and alcohol problems. Many of the players I played with or against are destitute now. Sometimes the players are so bad the teams have to bury them when they die. Sports Illustrated did an article, I guess two or three years ago, about 80% of the guys, once they leave the game – professional players – seven, eight years after they leave the game they’re broke.

…You could imagine today how players – we should fly commercially, we stay at Holiday Inns. Today these guys stay at the Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons. They have their own private plane. They’re making millions of dollars. So how do you come down from that? How do you make the transition from that, after you’ve squandered your money?