Former Nuggets coach now crossing guard at Maryland school

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By Grant Hughes
For Bleacher Report

SILVER SPRING, Md. — NBA great Adrian Dantley ended up on the street after his playing career came to an end in 1991, but don’t worry — he’s there by choice.

According to Dave McKenna of Deadspin, the NBA Hall of Famer and former Denver Nuggets head and assistant coach is currently working as a crossing guard in Silver Spring, MD.

If you were only aware of the headline, it’d be easy to immediately feel some sympathy for Dantley. Stories of NBA players failing to plan their financial futures are all too common these days, and learning of Dantley’s new vocation would lead to the logical conclusion that he’d fallen on hard times.

Fortunately, that’s not the case.

Dantley, notoriously frugal throughout his illustrious career, told HLN he only took the job so he could get the health benefits. If there’s anything about this story that should evoke some pity, it’s the fact that the NBA doesn’t provide coverage for its former employees.

Well, that and the fact that players today with less than half the skill of Dantley are practically rolling in dough.

But according to the Deadspin story, Dantley has plenty of money, so his new occupation is really just a way to get out of the house while simultaneously getting the government to pick up the health care dime.

Once a truly dominant post-up guard, Dantley lived at the line. Now, he’s just making sure kids on their way to school stay between the ones painted on the asphalt.

Most of the children he escorts across the street probably have no idea that they’re getting a daily brush with fame. It’s likely a safe bet that no other crossing guard in the state of Maryland retired from the NBA with over 23,000 points.

Dantley played 15 seasons in the league for seven different teams. He led the NBA in scoring twice, made six All-Star appearances and collected an estimated $3.5 million in salary during his career.

He also spent eight years as a Denver Nuggets assistant coach. While head coach George Karl was battling cancer during the 2009-2010 season, Dantley also briefly served as the team’s head coach.

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