Friday, March 15th, 2013 at 4:30 pm  |  24 responses

NBA Hall of Famer Adrian Dantley is Now a School Crossing Guard

This is an amazing story — Adrian Dantley, one of the greatest players in NBA history, is now pulling two shifts a day as a crossing guard for Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring, Maryland. Deadspin has the details: “The job, which he took at the beginning of this school year, earns him $14,685.50 a year, according to Montgomery County civil service records. ‘He doesn’t need the money,’ a Dantley associate tells me. The guard-forward was legendarily cheap during his long and fruitful NBA career, and he still lives nearby in a home he purchased in 1990 for $1.1 million, one that a former agent said ‘was virtually free and clear’ of debt back in 1996. ‘He’s not going to just sit around,’ the associate continues, “and he just doesn’t want to pay health insurance.’ Turns out that NBA veterans aren’t provided health insurance by the league, not even all-timers like Dantley. Crossing guards in Montgomery County, however, are. [...] His NBA career peaked, numbers-wise, during his stay in Utah that began in the early 1980s. For each season between 1981 and 1984, he averaged more than 30 points a game. He retired in 1991 after 15 seasons and 23,177 points, making him the ninth-leading scorer of all time to that point. He loved free throws, naturally. Dantley still shares records for foul shots made in a quarter (14, playing for Detroit against Sacramento in 1986) and a game (28, while with Utah in 1984 against Houston). He hated squandering possessions as a player, too: Dantley shot 54 percent on his career, the highest-ever mark registered by anybody 6-foot-5 or shorter. While Dantley always thrived in traffic, he wasn’t any good at playing well with others. For all his offensive production, Dantley could never last in one place very long. He played with seven different teams and always seemed to leave town in a cloud of bad feelings.”

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  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Now that’s frugal.

  • LakeShow

    He averaged over 30 ppg for 4 years straight. Averaging 56% FG’s over that time. Damn that is crazy efficient. Had no idea.
    But I guess it helps that he only took 41 three pointers over his entire career as a SG/SF… That helps haha.

  • Hingle McCringleberry

    His trademark was that big poochy ass that was a big advantage in boxing out.

  • bike

    That’s pretty cool, actually. Good for him. I don’t see Dennis Rodman following in his footsteps, however.

  • RayJr

    He needs some walking around money. I get it.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he was also huge at his position.

  • LakeShow

    What? Was this the 50′s and 60′s?

    How is 6’5″ – 208 pounds “huge” for a SG/SF in 1976-1990..?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Physically. He was much much stronger than anyone he matched up with.


    It’s not that he was huge in terms of height. But girth. — and 208 is a gross exaggeration. He was a 240LB freshman in college. He was probably at 220 for the majority of his NBA career.

    “By 1976 he was the “fat boy” no longer. Instead, Dantley was a calorie-counting, iron-pumping basketball machine. His weight dropped to a leaner 220 pounds and his muscles made him look more like a decathlete than the “small” forward he was. The right-hander also had improved his left-handed dribbling so that he could handle the ball equally well from either side. At draft time the Buffalo Braves made Dantley the sixth pick overall. Before turning professional Dantley played on the 1976 U.S. Olympic Team. He led the squad in scoring with a 19.3 average in seven games, including 32 points in 30 minutes in the gold-medal game against Yugoslavia.”

  • LakeShow

    Everywhere he is officially listed (wikipedia, nba. com, basketball reference) it says he was 210lbs tops… but whatever lol.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Man have you every watched Dantley play? He’s 210lbs in the same way Carmelo is 230lbs

  • LakeShow

    Have I watched Dantley play? No. lol

    Seen clips, yes.

    He doesn’t look more than 220lbs tops to me. Which is what your article claims he was.

    In no way is 6’5″ 220 lbs “huge” for a SG/SF in the NBA. Not going for it. His game logs have him as a small forward almost always too. So 6’5″ 220 pound small forward… Kind of sounds small actually.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol, he led the league in scoring FROM THE POST. He was a 30ppg SF, and he wasn’t quick, and didn’t shoot 3′s. think about it. .
    You think I’d make this up? He went from fat in college to a beast in the NBA. He lived at the free throw line. Man come on. Dantley was a giant boulder. .
    He’s huge in the same way Reggie Evans – Metta World Peace – Mitch Richmond are/were huge.

  • JL

    Good to see how he has great discipline. Not sure why he didn’t get along with teammates. Maybe he was like the Grinch? I’m not sure how this is an amazing story though. It may be educational, or one that sets a good example in smart, humble thinking, but amazing? I guess being smart and humble would be amazing qualities in how pro athletes are brought up these days.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    aint nothing wrong with a 9 to 5

  • Cortez

    As soon as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton die then maybe we as black people can get back to having higher standards. These two idiots are the epitome of blacks holding other blacks down. Think about it…THIS is supposedly “amazing”. Ahhhh the remarkably low level of expectations we like to have from pro athletes and entertainers when it comes to things outside of their “talent”. School crossing zones…where amazing happens. Sigh.

  • Ugh

    Exaggeration. I don’t think it means what you think it means.

  • ErnieD

    He was an offense machine. I remember him in the playoffs with Detroit VS Boston (’87?) He collided with one of the C’s (not sure who the Celtic was) diving to the floor after a loose ball. He got injured in the head/neck area, and had to leave the game. I don’t think he was same player after that. It was a scary injury, like the one Marquis Daniels had last year.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Sorry professor, surely you understood I meant understatement.

  • Ugh

    I did. I was just making sure you understood what you meant.

  • Ugh

    And MJ was the same weight in ’98 as he was when he entered the league, and that Wilt never weighed more than 275lbs. Hell, even Shaq admitted he was 365lbs in 2002.

  • Ugh

    The moral is: NBA teams lie about their player’s height, weight, and everything else.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lool touché

  • playa

    ….but maybe some guy named robert parish should,he’s claiming he’s broke after all.

  • Grateful

    Great fr him. This is no big deal