Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant are superstars on the court, but you already knew this. The Golden State Warriors duo has combined for three MVPs, and 14 All-Star selections.
But they’re also superstars off the court, with foundations, donations, and activism. And, as it turns out, also a hand in the NBA’s excellent health insurance package for retired players.
About two years ago, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) - of which Curry and Durant are on the board - voted to fund health insurance plans for most retired NBA players.
The plan gives all retired players who played at least three years health insurance until they are eligible for Medicare. Players with at least seven years in the league get lowered costs, while players who played ten seasons have their families covered, as well.
To hear a former player tell it, Curry, Durant, and the rest of the board were very proactive in this movement. NBA great Spencer Haywood recently spoke with HoopsHype about the new insurance program, and sung the praises of the players involved.
As transcribed by USA Today, Hayward said that, “LeBron James, Steph Curry, Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant – just to name a few who are on the [NBPA] executive board – spoke to me and said, ‘Hey, we can help you guys out and get you some insurance. I thought it would be medium [coverage], you know, something simple. But no, they’re dropping over $15 million a year to get all of us the same health insurance that they have.”
It’s a great move by the league, and the insurance package is far greater than anything offered in any other major American sports league.
Well done, Curry, Durant, and the entire NBPA.