I spent 16 years in the NBA and made over $32 million – after retiring I changed careers and was able to raise $10 million

CHRIS Dudley attended Yale, played in the NBA for 16 years and was almost elected governor of Oregon.

And the 6-foot-2 NBA Journal Center did all of this while living with Type 1 diabetes.

Chris Dudley had a 16-year NBC career


Chris Dudley had a 16-year NBC careerPhoto credit: Getty
The Journeyman Center played twice with the Portland Trail Blazers


The Journeyman Center played twice with the Portland Trail BlazersPhoto credit: Getty
Dudley ran for governor of Oregon in 2010


Dudley ran for governor of Oregon in 2010Photo credit: Getty

Dudley averaged just 3.6 points per game in his career and was famous for his awkward free throw shooting.

In April 1990, Dudley set an NBA record by missing 13 consecutive free throws in a game against the Indiana Pacers.

He posted a dismal 1-18 (5.6%) charity rating in that game.

However, he was able to have a long career in the NBA thanks to his skills as a rebounder and shot blocker.

He played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, New Jersey Nets, Portland Trail Blazers (twice), New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns and earned $32.5 million.

Dudley played in the 1999 NBA Finals with the Knicks when the team lost 4-1 to the San Antonio Spurs.

After retiring from the NBA in 2003, Dudley settled in Portland, Oregon and became a financial advisor.

And despite having no political experience, he secured the Republican nomination for governor of Oregon in 2010.

Politics runs in Dudley’s family – his grandfather was ambassador to Denmark during the Nixon administration.

Dudley, a former treasurer of the National Basketball Players Association, demonstrated an incredible ability to raise money, raising $10.5 million for his campaign.

Contributors to Dudley’s campaign included NBA Commissioner David Stern, Nike founder Phil Knight; NBA coaches PJ Carlesimo and Rick Carlisle and former Blazers teammates Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter.

Dudley came just 1.5 percentage points away from beating Democrat John Kitzhaber in the gubernatorial election.

That was the largest margin achieved by a Republican in the previous seven gubernatorial elections, all of which were won by Democrats.

Kitzhaber resigned in disgrace in 2015 amid allegations of criminal misconduct.

In 2012, Dudley gave up his political ambitions and moved with his family to Southern California.

Dudley returned to the spotlight when he fought back Allegations of sexual misconduct and drinking against Supreme Court member Brett Kavanaugh while at Yale.

“I went out with him all the time,” Dudley said told the Washington Post.

“He never fainted. Never even remotely fainted.”

“There was drinking and there was alcohol. Brett drank and I drank.”

“Was he sometimes drunk? Yes. I have? Yes.”

“Just like every other college kid in America.”


ClareFora is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. ClareFora joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: clarefora@dailynationtoday.com.

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