A notorious scrapper in his day, he's now sharing his wicked wisdom with a new batch of ballers
A fight had broken out on the court, and Xavier McDaniel was once again in the middle of the fray. But this time, instead of throwing the punches, he was the one trying to keep the peace.
For the past five years McDaniel, 47, has been an assistant coach of the South Carolina Lady 76ers, his daughter Xylina's AAU team, on top of his work in business contracting. But lest you think the X-Man has grown soft, he assures you he hasn't. "I can get quite intense in the game," he says. "I'm still a feisty guy."
McDaniel spent 12 seasons in the NBA, starting 529 games with five teams and averaging 15.6 points. He was known as an intimidating physical presence (sometimes after the whistle), and now he is training Xylina, 15, to follow in his footsteps—in the paint, that is. "I've been showing her different techniques, like how to slip people in the post and [engage] girls who don't want to play physical," says McDaniel, who started taking Xylina and his two other children to the park to play hoops at a young age. "I was already teaching her small-forward skills, but the more she started to grow"—she is now 6'2"—"the more it became apparent I needed to teach her about playing inside, how to post up and work on her footwork."
His training seems to be paying off. In June, Xylina was one of 36 girls invited to participate in USA Basketball's U17 team trials. But McDaniel insists that just as with his old opponents, he doesn't go easy on any of his young players. "I'm a very fair but straight-to-the-point guy. I'm gonna give you an honest opinion about how I feel," he says. "But I love the kids. I never envisioned myself being a coach, but I can honestly say I really enjoy it."
This retired sharpshooter takes charity more seriously than his brief sitcom career would suggest
In May, Detlef Schrempf returned to Indiana to donate a check from his foundation to a diabetes telethon in the town of Pawnee. In reality the former Pacers forward was playing himself on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. Pawnee exists only in TV land. The Detlef Schrempf Foundation, however, is very real. "I think they did a Web search on ex--Indiana Pacers and charity stuff," says Schrempf, who also played for Dallas, Seattle and Portland during his 16-year NBA career, on being approached for the cameo.
Beginning with a celebrity golf tournament in Port Orchard, Wash., in 1994, Schrempf's foundation has raised nearly $10 million for various children's charities in the Pacific Northwest. "We're not a granting organization, so we don't have any money in the bank," Schrempf explains. "We team up with charities and host an event, raise the money and write a check. And then we're back to almost zero, and we start the next event."
By day Schrempf is the director of business development at Coldstream Capital, a wealth-management firm in the Seattle area, where he has resided since 1980. "I always had an interest in other things [besides basketball] and in putting some money to work," he says. But, Schrempf urges young athletes, you don't need to have a professional's head for business to have a sense of your personal finances. "I always tell them to [realize that] the one contract they get might be their last," he says, adding that the league and the players' association should bear more responsibility for educating its members. "[Players should] actually go online and see where their money is. Most of them don't deal with it."