Project Spurs' affiliate website Toros Nation recently did an interview with former Austin Toros player Michael Joiner conducted by Mikkayla Guillett.
In her interview, Joiner spoke about his basketball seemingly coming to a close, what the future hold for him, and more. Enjoy.
By Mikkayla Guillett, Toros Nation
With the 2011 NBA D-League draft next month, teams have begun to invite former players to training camp. The Austin Toros invited Lance Thomas and Leo Lyons, who are both currently at Pan-Am training camp. Noticeably absent from the invite list is veteran forward Michael Joiner. Joiner, who spent the past two seasons with the Austin Toros, played overseas this summer and returned home knowing that his basketball career was coming to an end.
“At this time in my life I’m at a crossroad” said Joiner. “Ever since I came back from China I’m not playing. I didn’t have the passion or drive to want to play.”
Joiner will be turning 30 later this month and is beginning to transition in to corporate America.
“I’ve been on the hunt fixing my resume and going to job fairs.”
The Florida State alum has a few things going for him that many who are unemployed don’t have the luxury of having: a bank account stocked with money from an overseas contract and a pair of degrees – Bachelors and Masters – that are ready to be put to use. Both degrees were acquired via scholarships. Due to the partnership between the D-League and University of Phoenix online Joiner was able to receive his Master in Business Administration specialization in Human Resource Management while playing basketball.
The realization of moving on in life and past the D-League is easily summed up by Joiner, “Eventually all of us have to get a job and find another source of income.”