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Former Celtic Vin Baker working at a Starbucks in R.I.

Vin Baker worked with the Milwaukee Bucks at the Las Vegas Summer League.Aaron Gash/Associated Press

Former Boston Celtics forward Vin Baker is embarking on a new career path: manager of a Starbucks.

According to a Providence Journal report, the four-time All-Star is in training at a coffee shop in North Kingstown, R.I.

"In this company there are opportunities for everyone. I have an excellent situation here at Starbucks and the people are wonderful," Baker, 43, told the Providence Journal.

Baker, who is from Old Saybrook, Conn., played in the NBA for 13 seasons, including 89 games with the Celtics from 2002-2004. The power forward averaged 15 points per game and 7.4 rebounds and even won a gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics. Before his run in the NBA, Baker dominated at the University of Hartford.


He battled alcoholism and financial troubles towards the end of his career which all but sapped him of his career earnings.

Along with working in the retail business, Baker is a trained minister and even worked with the Milwaukee Bucks in the Las Vegas Summer League.

While working at a Starbucks may seem like a terrible turn of events, Baker views it with optimism.

"When you learn lessons in life, no matter what level you're at financially, the important part to realize is it could happen," he said. "I was an alcoholic, I lost a fortune. I had a great talent and lost it. For the people on the outside looking in, they're like 'Wow.' For me, I'm 43 and I have four kids. I have to pick up the pieces. I'm a father. I'm a minister in my father's church. I have to take the story and show that you can bounce back. If I use my notoriety in the right way, most people will appreciate that this guy is just trying to bounce back in his life."