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The Game Plan

Jay Kapoor, Tim Katt

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New podcast from Jay Kapoor and Tim Katt where we interview professional athletes about the business ventures they pursue off the field. The Game Plan both highlights success stories and discusses the challenges that current and retired athletes face in approaching their next chapter. By bringing these stories to life, we hope to provide a more open and honest look into what makes our guests "more than an athlete"

Latest Episodes

Jerome "Junkyard Dog" Williams — Creating and Monetizing Intellectual Property as a Retired Player

JYD! The "Junkyard Dog" Jerome Williams joins The Game Plan to share how the hard work and hustle he demonstrated during his 9-year NBA career with the Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls, and New York Knicks has translated to the many successes he has had off the court. Listeners won't want to miss JYD tell his story about the time NBA Commissioner David Stern told Michael Jordan off in response to Jordan's pushback about the NBA lockout in 1997. We also dig in on the differences between today's game and the NBA of the late 90's and early 2000's. In this episode, we talk to our guest about his role as President of The Big 3's Youth Development League and what led him to get involved with the Big 3. In addition to his role leading the Young 3, our guest discusses his position with the NBRPA working to ensure retired NBA players are taken care of after their playing career. Finally, we ask for the Junkyard Dog's can't miss advice for other athletes on how to say "no", we learn about the Champions Basketball Network, and hear how the global pandemic has the opportunity to drive positive change. Make sure to follow Jerome Williams onTwitter andInstagram to keep up with his latest efforts off the court. Listeners can also visit https://www.championsbasketballnetwork.com/ to learn more about JYD's business ventures. Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@JayKapoorNYC) and Tim Katt (@Tim_Katt) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Follow The Game Plan on Twitter (@thegameplanshow) and Instagram (@gameplanshow) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content!

58 MIN1 w ago
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Jerome "Junkyard Dog" Williams — Creating and Monetizing Intellectual Property as a Retired Player

Baron Davis — NBA All-Star on Power of Athletes Owning Their Own Media Brands

EFormer NBA All-Star Baron Davis joins The Game Plan to discuss his success both on and off the court, including his development as an investor long before it became in vogue to see athletes playing that role. Best known for his early investment in Vitamin Water (a company which eventually achieved unicorn status and a multi-billion dollar exit), Davis also discusses his recent investments in Kitu Super Coffee, Overtime, and Sleeper. Listeners will enjoy hearing how our guest bet on himself early in his career. We take a look at how he continues to pave his own unique path to success off the court through his media platform Business Inside the Game ("B.I.G") and Sports and Lifestyle in Culture ("SLiC"); a content studio for professional athletes to retain ownership of the stories they want to tell. This episode of the Game Plan also explores what it was like for our guest to experience an NBA career fraught with distractions off the court including the Charlotte Hornets relocation to New Orleans and the Donald Sterling scandal with the Los Angeles Clippers. Not to be missed is the story Davis tells about the time he waited in Michael Jordan's locker for an autograph at All-Star weekend 2002. Make sure to follow Baron Davis onTwitter andInstagram to keep up with his latest efforts off the court. Listeners can also visit http://www.barondavisenterprises.com/ to learn more about his business ventures. Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@JayKapoorNYC) and Tim Katt (@Tim_Katt) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Follow The Game Plan on Twitter (@thegameplanshow) and Instagram (@gameplanshow) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content!

51 MIN2 w ago
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Baron Davis — NBA All-Star on Power of Athletes Owning Their Own Media Brands

Cliff Avril - Building a Winning Team Around You As Both a Pass Rusher and Private Equity Investor

This week's episode of The Game Plan features Cliff Avril, Super Bowl XLVIII Champion with the Seattle Seahawks. Cliff Avril is a 10-year NFL vet and is best known for his role as a Defensive End on the "Legion of Boom". During his football career, Cliff was also recognized as a nominee of both the Walter Payton Man of the Year award and Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. In this episode, Cliff talks about what it was like transitioning from his rookie year as part of one of the worst team seasons in NFL history (0-16 Detroit Lions) to later in his career when he joined an experienced Seahawks' locker room led by Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch, and Michael Bennett. Off the field, Cliff is busy with the Cliff Avril Family Foundation which focuses primarily on bringing attention to the risks associated with juvenile diabetes, as well as providing educational opportunities and housing in his native country of Haiti. In addition to his philanthropic efforts, Cliff discusses his interest i...

42 MIN3 w ago
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Cliff Avril - Building a Winning Team Around You As Both a Pass Rusher and Private Equity Investor

Angela Ruggiero — 4X Hockey Olympian on Lack of Independent Research in Entertainment Industry

Jay and Tim welcome their first Hall of Fame inductee to The Game Plan as Olympic Gold Medalist and Sports Innovation Lab Co-Founder Angela Ruggiero joins the show to share her relentless passion for sports and innovation. On this episode, our guest shares her experience as an Executive Member of the International Olympic Committee and provides perspective on the decision to postpone this year's Winter Olympic Games in Tokyo. We discuss Angela's storied professional hockey career and her transition to the corporate world as the Co-Founder and CEO of Sports Innovation Lab. The Sports Innovation Lab is a Boston-based think tank that provides leaders in sports with proprietary research to make decisions that will keep them ahead of the curve in the sports industry. We go deep on Sports Innovation Lab's offering and the sports innovation landscape as a whole. Listeners won't want to miss the story about the time our guest turned down a job offer from Donald Trump. Make sure to follow An...

65 MINJUN 3
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Angela Ruggiero — 4X Hockey Olympian on Lack of Independent Research in Entertainment Industry

Spencer Hawes — Evolving NBA Playing Styles While Learning VC Investing Playbook

NBA journeyman and proud Seattleite Spencer Hawes joins The Game Plan to discuss his interests on and off the basketball court, and life today as he contemplates retirement during the uncertainty of a global pandemic. On this episode we discuss the evolution of the NBA game and how our guest adapted his skillset in the middle of his NBA career to be seen as a player that could stretch the floor; ultimately leading to his big payday. Spencer also shares what initially drove his curiosity in investing, including a reality check courtesy of Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway. Fans of the Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, and Charlotte Hornets will enjoy going deeper with the energetic big man that they came to love as a player. To follow the latest updates on what Spencer Hawes is doing on and off the court follow him across social media on bothTwitter andInstagram. Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@JayKapoorNYC) and Tim Katt (@Tim_Katt) for al...

52 MINMAY 27
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Spencer Hawes — Evolving NBA Playing Styles While Learning VC Investing Playbook

Meghan Klingenberg — World Cup Winner on Speaking Truth to Power & Re-imagining the "Lifestyle" Brand

EFIFA Women's World Cup Champion Meghan Klingenberg joins The Game Plan to share her experience as a key member of the electric 2015 US Women's National Team, and how bonds made on the pitch led to the founding of an apparel and lifestyle brand built to challenge the status quo. On this episode, "Kling" shares the founding story of re-inc alongside her USWNT teammates Christen Press, Tobin Heath, & Megan Rapinoe. Listeners will enjoy hearing Meghan's unvarnished perspective on the challenges she faced when starting the company, including everything from supply chain management to navigating a fundraising process that ended in a term sheet from a storied venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins. Listeners won't want to miss hearing Meghan's contagious personality and nothing-but-real perspective. We also explore her role as an investor and ambassador for startups. An interest she picked up early in her childhood growing up near Pittsburgh. Make sure to follow Meghan on both Twitter and In...

58 MINMAY 20
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Meghan Klingenberg — World Cup Winner on Speaking Truth to Power & Re-imagining the "Lifestyle" Brand

Detlef Schrempf — Seattle Supersonic Legend on Finding Success in VC & Wealth Management

16-year NBA veteran, cult favorite, and former Seattle Supersonic Detlef Schrempf joins The Game Plan to discuss life after basketball and his role leading Business Development at Coldstream Wealth Management. In this episode, we discuss how the game of basketball has evolved since Schrempf's time in the league in the 80s and 90s. We also take a look at how our guest built a support system of trusted advisors and was able to parlay his network and success as a professional athlete into a fulfilling career in wealth management. Fans of "The Last Dance" Michael Jordan documentary will enjoy hearing what our guest has to say about facing Jordan's Bulls in the 1996 NBA Finals. Schrempf even describes what it was like being teammates with Gary Payton. We also discuss his appearances on NBA Jam, Parks & Rec, and as the namesake of an indie song. You can follow Detlef Schrempf onTwitter andInstagram (@Dschrempf),and check out Coldstream Wealth Management at https://www.coldstream.com/. Fol...

33 MINMAY 13
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Detlef Schrempf — Seattle Supersonic Legend on Finding Success in VC & Wealth Management

Heather Mitts — Empowering the Next-Gen of Soccer Stars as a 3x-Olympic Gold Medalist

3-time Olympic gold medalist and former member of the US Women's National Team Heather Mitts joins The Game Plan to cover everything from what it takes to have the heart of a champion to the transition of life after professional soccer. Listeners will enjoy hearing how Heather first started her career in media from sideline reporter to studio analyst, overcoming her injuries and adversity, and what it was like to be a key part of the evolution of professional women's soccer in the USA. Heather also shares her entrepreneurial journey and excitement for what's in store with her company Ceres Platinum Group, as well as the challenges of building a business while raising her 3 young kids Make sure to follow Heather on both Twitter and Instagram to keep up with his all moves off the pitch. Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@JayKapoorNYC) and Tim Katt (@Tim_Katt) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Follow The Game Plan on Twitter (@thegameplanshow) and Instagram (@gameplans...

42 MINMAY 6
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Heather Mitts — Empowering the Next-Gen of Soccer Stars as a 3x-Olympic Gold Medalist

Will Blackmon — The NFL Wine Guy's Journey from Super Bowl Winning Safety to Sommelier

This special weekend addition pod comes on the heels of our guest's official launch of his latest business endeavor, The Wine MVP. Will Blackmon played 14 years in the NFL, including time with the Packers, Giants, Seahawks, and Redskins. His ability to learn new defensive schemes while in the NFL has translated well to his interests off the field as he has become a quick study in the world of wine. He is one of the first NFL veterans to achieve Level 2 Sommelier Certification. Listen in as Will shares the story of how he first got into wine, led by veteran teammate Charles Woodson. We also learn how The Wine MVP came to be and what's in store for the future of Will's business in the wine world. Both wine novices and experts will enjoy this episode as we ask our guest to share some of his favorite bottles and winemakers. You can follow Will Blackmon on Twitter and Instagram @willblackmon, and be sure to check out The Wine MVP at https://thewinemvp.com/. Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@J...

58 MINMAY 3
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Will Blackmon — The NFL Wine Guy's Journey from Super Bowl Winning Safety to Sommelier

Trevor Booker — NBA Veteran's Reflections on Retirement Day and his Next Career as an Investor

NBA veteran and Clemson alum Trevor Booker joins The Game Plan to share his perspective on investing, and the importance of surrounding yourself with a team you can count on. On this episode, we caught up with Trevor moments before he officially announced his retirement from the NBA. Conversation topics include his role as a partner at JB Fitzgerald Venture Capital, thoughts on why college basketball players should be paid, and which teammate Trevor learned the most from during his NBA career. We also discover our guest to have been the first active NBA player to own part of an MLS team. For the first time, we also hear from a guest how some team officials looked down upon off-court business interests, as Trevor shares a unique story from his playing journey. You can follow Trevor Booker onTwitter andInstagram (@35_fitz),and check out JB Fitzgerald Venture Capital at www.jbfitzgerald.com. Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@JayKapoorNYC) and Tim Katt (@Tim_Katt) for all things sports, medi...

37 MINAPR 29
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Trevor Booker — NBA Veteran's Reflections on Retirement Day and his Next Career as an Investor

Latest Episodes

Jerome "Junkyard Dog" Williams — Creating and Monetizing Intellectual Property as a Retired Player

JYD! The "Junkyard Dog" Jerome Williams joins The Game Plan to share how the hard work and hustle he demonstrated during his 9-year NBA career with the Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls, and New York Knicks has translated to the many successes he has had off the court. Listeners won't want to miss JYD tell his story about the time NBA Commissioner David Stern told Michael Jordan off in response to Jordan's pushback about the NBA lockout in 1997. We also dig in on the differences between today's game and the NBA of the late 90's and early 2000's. In this episode, we talk to our guest about his role as President of The Big 3's Youth Development League and what led him to get involved with the Big 3. In addition to his role leading the Young 3, our guest discusses his position with the NBRPA working to ensure retired NBA players are taken care of after their playing career. Finally, we ask for the Junkyard Dog's can't miss advice for other athletes on how to say "no", we learn about the Champions Basketball Network, and hear how the global pandemic has the opportunity to drive positive change. Make sure to follow Jerome Williams onTwitter andInstagram to keep up with his latest efforts off the court. Listeners can also visit https://www.championsbasketballnetwork.com/ to learn more about JYD's business ventures. Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@JayKapoorNYC) and Tim Katt (@Tim_Katt) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Follow The Game Plan on Twitter (@thegameplanshow) and Instagram (@gameplanshow) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content!

58 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Jerome "Junkyard Dog" Williams — Creating and Monetizing Intellectual Property as a Retired Player

Baron Davis — NBA All-Star on Power of Athletes Owning Their Own Media Brands

EFormer NBA All-Star Baron Davis joins The Game Plan to discuss his success both on and off the court, including his development as an investor long before it became in vogue to see athletes playing that role. Best known for his early investment in Vitamin Water (a company which eventually achieved unicorn status and a multi-billion dollar exit), Davis also discusses his recent investments in Kitu Super Coffee, Overtime, and Sleeper. Listeners will enjoy hearing how our guest bet on himself early in his career. We take a look at how he continues to pave his own unique path to success off the court through his media platform Business Inside the Game ("B.I.G") and Sports and Lifestyle in Culture ("SLiC"); a content studio for professional athletes to retain ownership of the stories they want to tell. This episode of the Game Plan also explores what it was like for our guest to experience an NBA career fraught with distractions off the court including the Charlotte Hornets relocation to New Orleans and the Donald Sterling scandal with the Los Angeles Clippers. Not to be missed is the story Davis tells about the time he waited in Michael Jordan's locker for an autograph at All-Star weekend 2002. Make sure to follow Baron Davis onTwitter andInstagram to keep up with his latest efforts off the court. Listeners can also visit http://www.barondavisenterprises.com/ to learn more about his business ventures. Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@JayKapoorNYC) and Tim Katt (@Tim_Katt) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Follow The Game Plan on Twitter (@thegameplanshow) and Instagram (@gameplanshow) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content!

51 MIN2 w ago
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Baron Davis — NBA All-Star on Power of Athletes Owning Their Own Media Brands

Cliff Avril - Building a Winning Team Around You As Both a Pass Rusher and Private Equity Investor

This week's episode of The Game Plan features Cliff Avril, Super Bowl XLVIII Champion with the Seattle Seahawks. Cliff Avril is a 10-year NFL vet and is best known for his role as a Defensive End on the "Legion of Boom". During his football career, Cliff was also recognized as a nominee of both the Walter Payton Man of the Year award and Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. In this episode, Cliff talks about what it was like transitioning from his rookie year as part of one of the worst team seasons in NFL history (0-16 Detroit Lions) to later in his career when he joined an experienced Seahawks' locker room led by Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch, and Michael Bennett. Off the field, Cliff is busy with the Cliff Avril Family Foundation which focuses primarily on bringing attention to the risks associated with juvenile diabetes, as well as providing educational opportunities and housing in his native country of Haiti. In addition to his philanthropic efforts, Cliff discusses his interest i...

42 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Cliff Avril - Building a Winning Team Around You As Both a Pass Rusher and Private Equity Investor

Angela Ruggiero — 4X Hockey Olympian on Lack of Independent Research in Entertainment Industry

Jay and Tim welcome their first Hall of Fame inductee to The Game Plan as Olympic Gold Medalist and Sports Innovation Lab Co-Founder Angela Ruggiero joins the show to share her relentless passion for sports and innovation. On this episode, our guest shares her experience as an Executive Member of the International Olympic Committee and provides perspective on the decision to postpone this year's Winter Olympic Games in Tokyo. We discuss Angela's storied professional hockey career and her transition to the corporate world as the Co-Founder and CEO of Sports Innovation Lab. The Sports Innovation Lab is a Boston-based think tank that provides leaders in sports with proprietary research to make decisions that will keep them ahead of the curve in the sports industry. We go deep on Sports Innovation Lab's offering and the sports innovation landscape as a whole. Listeners won't want to miss the story about the time our guest turned down a job offer from Donald Trump. Make sure to follow An...

65 MINJUN 3
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Angela Ruggiero — 4X Hockey Olympian on Lack of Independent Research in Entertainment Industry

Spencer Hawes — Evolving NBA Playing Styles While Learning VC Investing Playbook

NBA journeyman and proud Seattleite Spencer Hawes joins The Game Plan to discuss his interests on and off the basketball court, and life today as he contemplates retirement during the uncertainty of a global pandemic. On this episode we discuss the evolution of the NBA game and how our guest adapted his skillset in the middle of his NBA career to be seen as a player that could stretch the floor; ultimately leading to his big payday. Spencer also shares what initially drove his curiosity in investing, including a reality check courtesy of Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway. Fans of the Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, and Charlotte Hornets will enjoy going deeper with the energetic big man that they came to love as a player. To follow the latest updates on what Spencer Hawes is doing on and off the court follow him across social media on bothTwitter andInstagram. Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@JayKapoorNYC) and Tim Katt (@Tim_Katt) for al...

52 MINMAY 27
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Spencer Hawes — Evolving NBA Playing Styles While Learning VC Investing Playbook

Meghan Klingenberg — World Cup Winner on Speaking Truth to Power & Re-imagining the "Lifestyle" Brand

EFIFA Women's World Cup Champion Meghan Klingenberg joins The Game Plan to share her experience as a key member of the electric 2015 US Women's National Team, and how bonds made on the pitch led to the founding of an apparel and lifestyle brand built to challenge the status quo. On this episode, "Kling" shares the founding story of re-inc alongside her USWNT teammates Christen Press, Tobin Heath, & Megan Rapinoe. Listeners will enjoy hearing Meghan's unvarnished perspective on the challenges she faced when starting the company, including everything from supply chain management to navigating a fundraising process that ended in a term sheet from a storied venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins. Listeners won't want to miss hearing Meghan's contagious personality and nothing-but-real perspective. We also explore her role as an investor and ambassador for startups. An interest she picked up early in her childhood growing up near Pittsburgh. Make sure to follow Meghan on both Twitter and In...

58 MINMAY 20
Comments
Meghan Klingenberg — World Cup Winner on Speaking Truth to Power & Re-imagining the "Lifestyle" Brand

Detlef Schrempf — Seattle Supersonic Legend on Finding Success in VC & Wealth Management

16-year NBA veteran, cult favorite, and former Seattle Supersonic Detlef Schrempf joins The Game Plan to discuss life after basketball and his role leading Business Development at Coldstream Wealth Management. In this episode, we discuss how the game of basketball has evolved since Schrempf's time in the league in the 80s and 90s. We also take a look at how our guest built a support system of trusted advisors and was able to parlay his network and success as a professional athlete into a fulfilling career in wealth management. Fans of "The Last Dance" Michael Jordan documentary will enjoy hearing what our guest has to say about facing Jordan's Bulls in the 1996 NBA Finals. Schrempf even describes what it was like being teammates with Gary Payton. We also discuss his appearances on NBA Jam, Parks & Rec, and as the namesake of an indie song. You can follow Detlef Schrempf onTwitter andInstagram (@Dschrempf),and check out Coldstream Wealth Management at https://www.coldstream.com/. Fol...

33 MINMAY 13
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Detlef Schrempf — Seattle Supersonic Legend on Finding Success in VC & Wealth Management

Heather Mitts — Empowering the Next-Gen of Soccer Stars as a 3x-Olympic Gold Medalist

3-time Olympic gold medalist and former member of the US Women's National Team Heather Mitts joins The Game Plan to cover everything from what it takes to have the heart of a champion to the transition of life after professional soccer. Listeners will enjoy hearing how Heather first started her career in media from sideline reporter to studio analyst, overcoming her injuries and adversity, and what it was like to be a key part of the evolution of professional women's soccer in the USA. Heather also shares her entrepreneurial journey and excitement for what's in store with her company Ceres Platinum Group, as well as the challenges of building a business while raising her 3 young kids Make sure to follow Heather on both Twitter and Instagram to keep up with his all moves off the pitch. Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@JayKapoorNYC) and Tim Katt (@Tim_Katt) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Follow The Game Plan on Twitter (@thegameplanshow) and Instagram (@gameplans...

42 MINMAY 6
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Heather Mitts — Empowering the Next-Gen of Soccer Stars as a 3x-Olympic Gold Medalist

Will Blackmon — The NFL Wine Guy's Journey from Super Bowl Winning Safety to Sommelier

This special weekend addition pod comes on the heels of our guest's official launch of his latest business endeavor, The Wine MVP. Will Blackmon played 14 years in the NFL, including time with the Packers, Giants, Seahawks, and Redskins. His ability to learn new defensive schemes while in the NFL has translated well to his interests off the field as he has become a quick study in the world of wine. He is one of the first NFL veterans to achieve Level 2 Sommelier Certification. Listen in as Will shares the story of how he first got into wine, led by veteran teammate Charles Woodson. We also learn how The Wine MVP came to be and what's in store for the future of Will's business in the wine world. Both wine novices and experts will enjoy this episode as we ask our guest to share some of his favorite bottles and winemakers. You can follow Will Blackmon on Twitter and Instagram @willblackmon, and be sure to check out The Wine MVP at https://thewinemvp.com/. Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@J...

58 MINMAY 3
Comments
Will Blackmon — The NFL Wine Guy's Journey from Super Bowl Winning Safety to Sommelier

Trevor Booker — NBA Veteran's Reflections on Retirement Day and his Next Career as an Investor

NBA veteran and Clemson alum Trevor Booker joins The Game Plan to share his perspective on investing, and the importance of surrounding yourself with a team you can count on. On this episode, we caught up with Trevor moments before he officially announced his retirement from the NBA. Conversation topics include his role as a partner at JB Fitzgerald Venture Capital, thoughts on why college basketball players should be paid, and which teammate Trevor learned the most from during his NBA career. We also discover our guest to have been the first active NBA player to own part of an MLS team. For the first time, we also hear from a guest how some team officials looked down upon off-court business interests, as Trevor shares a unique story from his playing journey. You can follow Trevor Booker onTwitter andInstagram (@35_fitz),and check out JB Fitzgerald Venture Capital at www.jbfitzgerald.com. Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@JayKapoorNYC) and Tim Katt (@Tim_Katt) for all things sports, medi...

37 MINAPR 29
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Trevor Booker — NBA Veteran's Reflections on Retirement Day and his Next Career as an Investor
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