I won an NBA title but retired right after to pursue my true dining dream

SHANDON Anderson “needed a change” after his NBA career, and he found just that.

The former striker, now 49, ended his playing career on top of the mountain and in the years since has decided to trade one notoriously demanding career for another.

Anderson spent ten seasons in the NBA

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Anderson spent ten seasons in the NBAPhoto credit: Getty
He was a member of the Heat team that won the 2006 NBA championship

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He was a member of the Heat team that won the 2006 NBA championshipPhoto credit: Getty

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Anderson attended Alonzo A. Crim High School before walking about 70 miles down the road to play college ball at the University of Georgia.

In four years as a bulldog, the 6-foot-1, 208-pound star made 118 appearances and finished in the top three goalscorers for Georgia each season.

Coached by College Basketball Hall of Famers Tubby Smith and Hugh Durham, he played alongside Charles Claxton, who was later drafted to the second round by the Phoenix Suns.

In 1996, Anderson was drafted in the second round by the Utah Jazz, where he spent the first three years of his career.

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His only two seasons as a full-time starter came in 1999 and 2000 as a member of the Houston Rockets before joining the New York Knicks for just over three seasons.

Anderson’s playing days ended with two seasons with the Miami Heat, culminating in his only NBA championship in 2006.

This was his last game.

Speaking to CNN about ExNBA, Anderson explained, “I needed a change.

“I told myself that my final year in the NBA was to win a championship, and after that I knew it was time to try something new.”

Luckily for Anderson, it didn’t take him long to find “something new.”

A vegetarian since he was 11 after suffering food poisoning from a few bites of steak, he explained that “I never looked at meat the same way after that.”

Noticing a distinct lack of vegan-friendly restaurants in the Atlanta area, Anderson enrolled at the Living Light Culinary Institute in Fort Bragg, California in 2010.

Posts at the Raw Cooking School and the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York followed.

He also completed an internship at Candle 79 in New York.

Anderson then opened his own restaurant, Drink Art.

He explained: “The whole concept of Drink Art revolves around the art, you will not only enjoy good food but you will also tour the art gallery, receive seminars or classes on specific health topics.

“Yes, mixing Thai and vegan enhances the taste of the food and makes the experience that much more enjoyable.”

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Anderson also revealed that he “would love to share this food not only with vegan lovers, but also with others who are open to new ideas and foods and just love to explore.”

Unfortunately, Drink Art announced its closure in January 2015, and it’s unknown where Anderson’s culinary career will take him next.

Anderson completed 719 NBA games

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Anderson completed 719 NBA gamesPhoto credit: Getty

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ClareFora

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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