Adrian Dantley, the former first-round pick and 15-year NBA veteran -- a six-time NBA All-Star and member of the Basketball Hall of Fame -- turned up in an odd place this week.

He's reffing junior varsity basketball games.

Dantley was working the hardwood at Maryland's DeMatha Catholic High School, where he graduated, as reported by Deadspin's Dave McKenna. For his efforts, the NBA great who ranks ahead of Larry Bird and David Robinson on the all-time scoring list earns a cool $35 per game.


It's understandable if you've arrived at this story expecting to here another rendition of once-rich sports stars reduced to making ends meet on a meager hourly wage.

Good news: This is not that story. Dantley was well-known as a player for being a frugal spender and managing his money wisely. He also spend eight years as an NBA assistant with the Denver Nuggets.

More recently, Dantley was found working as a school crossing guard. His odd jobs in recent years have nothing to do with finances, though. The man is simply just trying to stay busy.

"I'll be 60 years old in six weeks," Dantley tells Deadspin. "Being a crossing guard and a ref gets me out of the house. Everybody was surprised to see me [refereeing] last night, but I’m not a person who’s going to sit around the house."


A perfectly reasonable explanation, in the end. Dantley hasn't hit hard times; he just doesn't want to sit around bored. Good on him.

And, for what it's worth, DeMatha also took time to honor Dantley at halftime.


This ball will be given to HOFer and @DeMathaHoops Alum Adrian Dantley tonight before our game.

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Winter Classic Hits The Big House

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Florida State Wins National Title

Kelvin Benjamin catches the winning touchdown pass from Jameis Winston with 13 seconds left, and the Seminoles beat Auburn 34-31 in the last BCS championship game.

 

More Intensity

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Just A Bit Offsides

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Code Blue

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Tipping Point

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Serious Hangtime

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Hockey Comes To The Bronx

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It's Going To Be A Long Night

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Seattle Reign

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Opening Ceremonies

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Conversation Piece

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The Big Prop

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Repeat On Ice

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Long Road Back

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This Isn't A Deodorant Commercial

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Who Cares That It Must Stink

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Another Example Of Why Hockey Players Are The Toughest

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Rose Garden Selfie

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Top Dog

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Double Bubba

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Just Like In The Comic Books

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Perfect Splat

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Kings Crowned Again

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Mission Accomplished

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Fun While It Lasted

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Red Storm

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Close But Still Sieger

Germany beats Argentina 1-0 in the championship match to win the World Cup.

 

Rocky Mountain Rainbow

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Not An ALS Challenge

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This Is Going To Hurt

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Punter Takes A Kick

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Trifecta

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Not One Of The Usual Suspects

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Impending Headache

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Farewell Flair

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Motown Blues

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Hairy Concept

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Going All Out

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The Giants Win The Pennant!

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Biggest Giant Of Them All

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Fighting Spirit

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Hook'em

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Airborne Raven

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Icon Exits

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How Did I Drop That?

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Prayer Huddle

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Kobe Passes Jordan

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