Vincent Lamont Baker (born November 23, 1971 in Lake Wales, Florida) is a professional basketball player in the NBA, currently with the Los Angeles Clippers. 模板:MedalTop 模板:MedalSport 模板:MedalGold 模板:MedalBottom
After a college career at the University of Hartford, not far from where he grew up in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, Baker was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 8th pick of the 1993 NBA Draft. After four seasons with the Bucks, he was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics. During the mid 1990s, he appeared in four consecutive All-Star Games before his career was derailed by alcoholism. While his career averages include 15.1 points per game, his numbers have dropped considerably in recent years. After the 1998-1999 NBA lockout season, Baker's weight ballooned to near 300 pounds and his game suffered tremendously. While Baker was able to get his weight down to around 250, Baker revealed that he was a recovering alcoholic who used to binge in hotel rooms and at home after playing poorly. In an interview in the Boston Globe, Baker said Celtics coach Jim O'Brien smelled alcohol on him in practice and confronted him about it. The team suspended him and he was eventually released.
He was released by the Houston Rockets on October 7, 2005.
Baker signed with the L.A. Clippers on February 20, 2006, reuniting him with his first coach in Milwaukee, Mike Dunleavy, now the Clippers' head coach.