Wilson Chandler on NFTs and the NBA

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As Wilson Chandler relates, the 6’8 combo striker made his start on the blockchain just like many enthusiasts, despite his more than ten years professional career and almost $ 80 million in career earnings: trading in shitcoins.

Chandler told Cointelegraph that he first heard about crypto from some of the “kids” he played Fortnite with in 2017. After being intrigued by their stories of turning paltry sums of money into legitimate holdings, he eventually took one out for a crash course at his Chicago home on setting up wallets and using exchanges.

From then on, the record is everything in the chain: A look at his Etherscan address shows that his early investment strategy was little more than spray and pray.

“From there I bought coins – Bitcoin, ETH, Stellar – a lot of shit, just playing around and learning. I lost a bunch of coins to stupid things like pump-and-dump companies without knowing better. “

Like many degens in development, he relied on a network of friends for information. As he recently recounted on an episode of the NFT collectors podcast Club Top Shot, he let an avid buddy persuade him to embark on a pump-and-dump scheme based in Amsterdam – a scam that cost him a significant position in Bitcoin . The friend? The late, legendary rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle.

“I think about that shit all the time,” he said with a laugh.

However, he told Cointelegraph that those early stumbling blocks have now paved the way for what may be a second act for the former star.

“Experience is the best teacher they say.”