Former NBAer’s Second Career: Pro Pinball Player

It’s no coincidence that It’s A Wonderful Life is the movie of choice during the holiday season; the combination of Christmas and New Years inherently lend themselves to themes of rebirth and second chances. Which is why it’s common for newspapers during this time of year to print a bunch of heart-warming fluff pieces, as evidenced by yesterday’s WASHINGTON POST story about former NBA player Todd MacCulloch, who has transformed himself from the person Jason Kidd once called “the best center I’ve ever played with” to ginormous pinball wizard.

Todd MacCullough, Pinball Wizard

The piece shows how MacCulloch has learned to cope with his early retirement from the NBA due to his foot-nerve problem — “Once he went to a physical therapist who took off his shoe and told him he had shards of glass stuck in his foot. A few days before he had stepped on a light bulb but had no idea that glass had lodged itself in the skin.” — by taking his competitive streak into the seedy underworld of professional pinball playing, a sport that is shockingly not as lucrative as you’d think.

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