Basketball star turned digital racehorse tycoon: Wilson Chandler on NFTs and the NBA

Basketball star turned digital racehorse tycoon: Wilson Chandler on NFTs and the NBA


As Wilson Chandler tells it, despite being a NBA star with a decade-plus pro career and nearly $80 million in career earnings, the 6’8 combo forward still got his start in blockchain the same way scores of enthusiasts do: trading shitcoins. 

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

From there, the record is all on-chain: per a look at his Etherscan address, his early investment strategy was little more than spray-and-pray.

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“From there I bought coins — Bitcoin, ETH, Stellar — bunch of shit just playing around, learning. Lost a bunch of coins doing silly stuff like pump and dump companies, not knowing any better.”

Like many degens-in-development, he relied on a network of friends for information. As

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