FAIRFAX -- Last night, ESPN's 30-for-30 series showed a film on how athletes that make so much money during their playing careers go broke so quickly after their playing career ends. No matter how you feel about the film -- and I agree with a lot of what Andrew Sharp wrote on SBNation.com today -- it certainly got the attention of many current players. SLAM Online has a gallery of notable NBA player tweets last night that is worth your time.
Several Wizards players caught the documentary as well. We asked the four players who were made available to the media today for their thoughts on the film.
TREVOR BOOKER: "It's a show that every athlete should watch. I didn't know that many people go broke after [that little time]. I'm tight with my money, though, so I don't have to worry about it."
"Most people have to watch their circle. People around them can bring them down. That's the biggest thing. Also, learn how to say no."
EMEKA OKAFOR: "I can only speak for basketball players, but I think the newer crop of basketball players have heard the horror stories. There are a couple of guys who aren't the wisest with their money, but for the most part, you're not going to find guys with five high-end cars. Me, I bought myself one car that I've used for nine years. Guys are, in general, not trying to hit home runs with their investments and [are good] at wealth conservation, managing it properly. You could just live a very good life not trying to just go crazy."
"I would like to think NBA players are ahead of the curve. The NBA does a really good job of doing NBA player-person development. This will be Year 9 for me, and I'm still required to go to the meeting every single year. No matter how many years, [I go and I hear them say,] 'Hey guys, this is how you manage your money. This is what you have to do.' They do that from rookie transition, and they bring guys in who tell you, 'Hey, watch out. It could happen to you.' And then you learn that it's very easy for it to happen. Part of the problem of going broke is thinking you can spend it all. Number one, you don't take taxes into consideration. That's half [your money]. And then, if you not watching your pennies, things get out of hand quickly. If you think you can buy anything, you're left with nothing quickly. They pretty much hammer that message home."
CHRIS SINGLETON: "I was still in the gym [when it was on]. But I don't need to tape it, because it'll be on re-runs."
MARTELL WEBSTER: "I missed it, so I'm going to go online and watch it when I get back to the hotel. I heard it was a good one."