About the NBRPA


Founded in 1992 by NBA Legends Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Archie Clark, Dave Cowens and Oscar Robertson, the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) is a non-profit association comprised of former professional basketball players of the NBA, ABA, WNBA, and Harlem Globetrotters. We are the only alumni association of its kind supported directly by the NBA and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA).


The National Basketball Retired Players Association serves former professional basketball players, supporting them in life after their playing days, and helping them to leverage their inspirational influence to promote and teach basketball in their communities. 


With energetic corporate leadership and a unified Board, the future has never been brighter at the NBRPA.  The Association provides a host of programs, services and benefits designed to help retired basketball players and their families successfully navigate life after the game. In support of its membership, the NBRPA proactively offers a full menu of education, health, finance and career/life transition benefits to retired basketball players and their families.

Working in conjunction with the NBA and NBPA, the NBRPA’s membership promotes basketball and enhances the sport’s image by building community relationships and fostering support for charitable activities and philanthropic events with a connection to the game.

By playing in the NBA, ABA, WNBA or with the Harlem Globetrotters, NBRPA members helped build the game of basketball and – through the distinction of an on-court professional career at the sport’s highest levels – remain ambassadors to the game for life.  NBRPA members embody the game long after taking the court professionally and put their notoriety to positive use as spokespersons and conduits of good will in the basketball community.


The NBRPA has five core assets:

  1. Membership – The NBRPA has more than 1,000 members that played in the NBA, ABA, WNBA or with the Harlem Globetrotters (including the game’s greatest players of all time).
  2. Access – The NBRPA serves as the premier, central contact point for all NBA, ABA, WNBA and Harlem Globetrotter retired players.
  3. Events – The NBRPA hosts several charitable, corporate and private events annually, including cornerstone events during the NBA’s All-Star Weekend, as well as the annual Legends Conference during NBA Summer League.
  4. Legends Care ™ – The 501(c)3 charitable arm of the NBRPA is dedicated to youth programs and additionally addresses several social and economic issues membership faces in life after basketball.
  5. Chapters – With local branches in 12 cities - Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando and Phoenix, the NBRPA Chapters bring the organization’s assets, visions and programs to local communities.